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.
HUGELY controversial proposals to build four wind turbines on land between Bishop's Itchington, Gaydon and Knightcote are being recommended for refusal by planning officials at Stratford-on-Avon District Council.
Members of the council’s east area planning committee will be debating the plans for the turbines – which will be up to 125 metres in height – at a meeting on Tuesday at Kineton High School. The meeting starts at 6pm.
There is such interest in the meeting that it will be broadcast live on the internet. Those who want to go to the meeting itself are being warned that the capacity of the hall at Kineton High School is 250 and seats will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
Commenting on the internet broadcasting of the event, the meeting’s chairman Cllr Danny Kendall (Cons, Wellesbourne) said: “This will enable as many people as possible to view the proceedings live or at a time that suits them, from their workplace, home or any other place with access to the internet.
“Webcasts are an excellent way to give the wider community an insight into local democracy. It will provide everyone with an opportunity to view local decision making affecting their community.” The broadcast can be viewed at www.stratford.gov.uk/webcast during and after the meeting.
In a 107-page report to councillors the officials cite five main reasons for recommending refusal of the proposals being put forward by Broadview Energy:
The harmful effect on landscape and visual amenity.
The detrimental impact on local residents.
The risks to aviation because of the turbines appearing on radar, causing visual “clutter” and masking the movements of aircraft.
The impact on heritage assets such as Burton Dassett Beacon Tower and Knightcote Manor
The potential harm to archaeological remains.
The planning officials say that although the wind turbines would be there for a “temporary” period of 25 years, considerable harm would be experienced over that length of time.