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.
EYEWITNESSES have described a huge fire that erupted at Sims Metal Recycling Plant in Long Marston, on the Warwicskhire Worcestershire border, on Tuesday night as looking like "a nuclear bomb".
A large black mushroom cloud emerged at 8.45pm last night, and 50-ft high flames licked the sky in what residents say is the fifth fire at the plant in the last six months.
There are still eight fire engines at the scene this morning, fighting a fire which involved an estimated 12,000 tonnes of recycling material.
There are no reports of any injuries but residents in the immediate area are being advised to keep windows and doors closed until further notice.
Tim Longford, a farmer who lives near the site, said: “Suddenly there was a big black plume like a mushroom cloud, I've never seen anything like it.
“Fifty-foot flames spread rapidly across the whole heap and the smoke came like a curtain over the whole farm.”
A thick fog covered the surrounding four or five miles, blanketing the villages of Mickleton, Pebworth and Honeybourne.
“You can taste in on your lips,” said Mike Brain, Stratford District Councillor for Quinton. “But we've been told this morning that it's not toxic.”
But Alastair Adams, who is the Wychavon District Councillor for Honeybourne and Pebworth, asked how they could be so sure.
Having witnessed the fire last night, which he said looked like “a nuclear bomb”, he woke up with a dry mouth and a metallic taste at the back of his throat.
“It was just horrendous, absolutely horrible,” he said.
The second large fire at the plant in the past month, residents think Sims have been stockpiling too much metal and working out of hours.
The site is reportedly only allowed 20,000 tonnes of material, but last month there was in excess of 100,000 tonnes on the site,
This has been reduced to around 60,000 tonnes, and management have previously said it is their plan to clear the site by July.
Mr Longford also pointed out that Sims only have a license to operate until 8pm and last night's fire started at 8.45pm.
Sims are also currently investigating a case of fraud at their Long Marston site, and have been forced to write off £52 million.
Mr Adams said there was definitely something “fishy” going on.
This morning, although the fire is now under control, the metal is still alight.
Station Commander Gary Jay from Hereford and Worcester Fire Service said: “This is a deep-seated fire and we anticipate that it will be on-going for some time yet.
“We are monitoring the weather and wind patterns, and liaising closely with police, the Environment Agency, local health and on site staff to determine a plan as we move forward.”