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.
NEARLY 100 new houses are planned for land off the Banbury Road in Stratford-upon-Avon under two separate developments.
A public display of plans to build 80 new homes off Milestone Road was held at the Rosebird Community Hall near Waitrose on Thursday.
And tomorrow, (Wednesday), an application to build 18 new houses on the site of 205a Banbury Road, near the armillary roundabout with Trinity Way, is likely to get the go ahead.
Persimmon Homes, who want to build 80 dwellings behind the houses on Milestone Road, spoke to residents on Thursday about their plans. They hope to submit a formal application in April but residents have already started a campaign group to fight the scheme.
The local Liberal Democrat district councillor, Kate Rolfe, who lives in nearby Avon Crescent, said Thursday’s meeting was “fairly busy” with the general feeling “completely and utterly against” the plans.
Richard Oldroyd, managing director at Persimmon said: “We have taken on board the comments made by community members and councillors and will strive to address any concerns raised prior to the submission of our planning application.”
Those plans are in their infancy, but the application from Bloor Homes to build the18 new homes at 205a Banbury Road is being considered by councillors at a meeting of Stratford District Council’s west area planning committee tomorrow.
Stratford Town Council has lodged an objection but the district council’s planning department has recommended that the scheme be given the green light.
The plan is for six two-bedroom, four three-bedroom and eight four-bedroom houses, with eight out of the 18 allocated as affordable housing.
If built, Bloor will be required to contribute £93,000 to the county council’s education department because there are currently not enough places for more secondary school pupils. It must also give £3,000 towards the county’s libraries, £21,000 towards transport schemes, and £1,500 towards improvements at Stratford Leisure Centre.