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.
FOURTEEN ideas to tackle the crippling congestion on Stratford-upon-Avon's Birmingham Road will be revealed on Thursday.
Four or five of the short-term solutions should be put in place over the next two years, after a study group concluded a year of research into traffic on the gridlocked road.
Cheap solutions like diverting traffic into Stratford down the Warwick Road rather than the A46 are being proposed, alongside more expensive ones like putting in a mini-roundabout at the Justins Avenue junction.
Adrian Hart, of Warwickshire County Council, said that some ideas could be implemented quite quickly, in the next six to 12 months.
Fitting kerbside detectors on pedestrian crossings so red lights only show when people are using them will cost just £5,000.
But long-term solutions like building the mini-roundabout, and a slip-road into the Tesco car park will prove more expensive.
Roy Dyer, a 69-year-old Clopton Estate resident, thinks a roundabout at the Justins Avenue junction is worth the £50,000 it will cost.
“Turning out of Justins Avenue is an absolute nightmare,” he said. “Any hold-up on that junction affects the whole Birmingham Road, I know it’s taxpayer’s money, I know it’s my money, but on this occasion I think it is a good idea.”
The list of ideas will be unveiled to the public at the Community Forum event at 2.30pm, Thursday, at King Edward VI School.
They will then be looked at by the county council, but Mr Hart hopes to get at several done in the next two years.
The chairman of the study group, Cllr Peter Balaam, said: “There will always be a problem but some of these suggestions will be of significant help if upheld.”
For the full details on the solutions to Birmingham Road’s traffic problem, pick up Thursday’s Stratford Herald.