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.
NINETY-THREE cameras at 53 different locations in and around Stratford-upon-Avon have been put up for the biggest traffic survey the town has ever had today (Tuesday).
Motorists will have spotted dozens of temporary cameras appearing on roads in and out of town over the past few days.
Today, the cameras have been switched on so the highways department of Warwickshire County Council can take the biggest survey of traffic flow in Stratford they have ever done.
A spokesperson said: “We do a travel count every year, but nothing quite as comprehensive as this.”
In car parks this morning, drivers are also being asked questions about their journey into town by surveyors with clipboards.
Updating what is known as the ‘Stratford Model’, the findings will be used to pinpoint areas which need traffic works over the next year. They are due to be released in three weeks.
Traffic is a daily problem in Stratford and this survey comes after a steering group outlined 14 different ways of tackling congestion on Birmingham Road.
The busy arterial route into town is due to have its eighth set of traffic lights within one mile put in, and a mixture of short and long-term solutions are being looked at.
Cameras are on Birmingham Road, Evesham Road, Alcester Road, Warwick Road and others. The survey is costing less than £30,000, and was labelled a “bargain.”