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.
STRATFORD-upon-Avon residents and rail users are being asked to choose their favourite design for a new £1.26 million footbridge at the town’s railway station.
It is hoped the new footbridge will provide better access to the platforms, and allay fears about the future of the station ahead of the new £8.8 million Stratford parkway station, due to open in Bishopton in May.
Residents and rail users have three design options to choose from, a standard Network Rail design, a heritage style design, and a more modern and contemporary design.
The new passenger bridge will have lifts at the station, to make it easier for people with mobility problems, parents with buggies, passengers with luggage, and anyone else that has difficulty accessing the platforms using the current footbridge which only has steps.
The new bridge and lifts are scheduled for completion in spring 2014 and Warwickshire County Council is currently in the early stages of the design.
Expected to cost £1.26 million, the Department for Transport’s Access for All fund is providing a £1 million contribution towards the costs with the rest being raised from local developer funding contributions.
A public exhibition at the railway station is being held from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th February to enable people to express their views at the start of the design process.
For those who are unable to attend the public exhibition, the design images and an online feedback form can also be found at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/stratfordtownstation
Cllr Peter Butlin (Cons, Admirals), the county council’s portfolio holder for transport and highways, said: “We really would welcome the views of local residents and other people who use the town station, particularly thoughts on the style of the bridge that will be built, so I would encourage people to come and view the public exhibition.
“The new footbridge is part of our plans to provide better access for all at the town station.”
The existing footbridge cannot be altered to accept lifts and it cannot be removed because it is a structure of local historic value.