THE Stratford Mop of 1914 appeared little changed from previous years. Wartime austerity had not yet set in and few people foresaw that the conflict would be lengthy. One of the great traditions of the fair was its roasts. No less than five oxen and seven pigs were rotating on the spits outside the pubs on the big day. The excursion trains brought their usual hundreds of revellers from Birmingham and other centres of population. None of Stratford’s conscripts had yet embarked overseas, although just five days before, a regular with the South Wales Borderers, Sgt RH Savage, had been the first Stratfordian to fall victim to the war. He had been struck by shrapnel at the Battle of the Aisne and died of his wounds in Bournbrook Military Hospital.
Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
A MUM-TO-BE with a four-year-old son wants speed bumps installed to stop cars racing through Shottery after two of her cats were run over.
Last week Samantha Buckley’s three-year-old silver tabby, Lady, was killed on Church Lane.
It comes just over a month after her sister’s 11-month-old black cat, Sherlock, was found dead on the same road.
The 26-year-old mother, who is 35 weeks pregnant with her second son, is now scared for the safety of four-year-old Mason, who starts school at Shottery St Andrew’s CE Primary in September.
“The traffic is just horrendous, the speed with which people go down that road, they’re doing at least 40 or 50 mph and none of them slow down,” she said.
Church Lane connects the Alcester Road to Shottery, and is increasingly being used as a rat-run since new traffic lights were installed on Alcester Road.
“They come whizzing around the corner,” said Samantha, who works at Stratford Leisure Centre.
“I don’t think the fact that it’s busy slows them down at all,” she added.
Having lived on the Birmingham Road in Stratford-upon-Avon, and New Road in Henley-in-Arden, Samantha moved to Shottery in February.
“We moved here because we thought it was a nice area, a safer area, it’s turned out to be the exact opposite,” she sighed.
Her concerns are shared by neighbour and friend, Kayleigh Stiff.
The 28-year-old, who works at NFU Mutual, is scared to come home after work because of the abuse she gets from impatient motorists speeding through Shottery.
“I signal to reverse on to my drive and every time I get people beeping and shouting at me,” said Ms Stiff, who lives opposite St Andrew’s Church.
“I hate going home now, I usually just drive to my boyfriend’s after work.”
Her sister’s fiancé was even overtaken on the 30mph residential road by two cars racing down it.
She’s emailed the county council, who said speeding was the police’s responsibility.
Two months ago the police told residents they’d look into it. Nothing’s changed.
“I’m just going round in circles, someone needs to take charge of it,” she said.
Residents want speed bumps installed on both Church Lane and other roads in Shottery.
However, Warwickshire County Council said: “No funding is currently in place to address community speeding concerns unless a particular area has high numbers of injury accidents (normally six or more recorded crashes in a three year period).”
This article first appeared in the paper on Thursday 17th July.