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.
ON the eve of the most important decision in Shipston-on-Stour for years, planning officers stood by their anti-supermarket recommendation, despite their methods coming under fire.
Tonight, (Thursday) Stratford District Council are deciding whether to grant planning permission for a supermarket, petrol station, and housing, on greenfield land on the edge of Shipston.
In an update released this week, planning officers agreed that an independent report submitted to them did not take into account the financial contributions developers Ainscough Strategic Land were offering the town.
But, the officers concluded that “due to the significant level of impact the proposals would have in terms of the vitality and viability of the town centre, such a contribution would not off-set the negative impact sufficiently to justify changing the recommendation.”
Dr Richard Doidge’s independent report came under fire from Shipston’s pro-supermarket Labour district councillor, Jeff Kenner, who said it only took into account the views of those against the supermarket.
Dr Doidge said Cllr Kenner was clearly entitled to his opinion, but defended his report. “This letter is not flawed,” he said, “and continues to provide a concise, robust and balanced assessment.”
Stratford District Council’s planning committee (east) meets tonight at 6pm in Shipston High School to consider the plan.