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.
TWO ambulance stations in Warwickshire will be put up for sale next week, as part of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s ‘Make Ready’ plans.
Rugby and Nuneaton ambulance stations will both be advertised for sale.
The overall plans involve creating two new vehicle preparation and maintenance hubs, one in Tournament Fields, Warwick and the other in Coventry, as well as 21 “community stations” across the county, including Shipston-on-Stour, Henley-in-Arden, Alcester and Southam.
Wellesbourne was the first place in the area to introduce the community paramedics team, who are trained to assess and treat people at home or on the spot, in a bid to cut down on the number of patients being automatically taken to hard-pressed hospitals by ambulance.
As reported by the Herald in September, there are currently seven conventional ambulance stations in Coventry and Warwickshire, one of which is in Masons Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Stratford station will remain but the others will be sold off. They will be replaced by the new form of community station, which will be leased rather than owned. The new stations will need less maintenance and cost less to run.