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.
A MUCH-LOVED Stratford-upon-Avon police worker died due to an elderly driver’s “momentary inattention” in a tragic accident that could have happened to anyone, the Appeal Court in London heard today.
Paul Collins, aged 62, was riding his motorcycle home from Stratford Police Station when Anthony Brooker turned his Range Rover right across his path, giving him no chance to stop. Mr Collins died almost instantly in the collision.
In October last year, Brooker, 75, of Stratford Road, Ettington, admitted causing the family man’s death by careless driving and was given a community order and ordered to carry 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to retake his driving test before being allowed back on the road.
Brooker, a former chairman of Stratford Town Management Partnership, is now appealing against the length of the ban and the requirement that he retake his test.
His barrister, Ian Bridge, said his client had been turning into his driveway as he had done hundreds of times before when disaster struck just before Chris-tmas in 2011. It was, he said, “a case of momentary inattention” and Brooker’s crime was “at the lowest end” of seriousness.
Mr Bridge added: “As with so many motorists, he simply cannot understand how he missed seeing the motorcyclist. He looked, but did not see. It was a mistake that any individual could have made on any day of the week while driving. This is a type of offence that anyone—there but for the grace of God—could commit.”
Brooker had admitted his guilt, felt deep remorse and was so desperately upset by Mr Collins’ death that he was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Living in a rural area with no other means of transport, Brooker desperately needed his licence, said Mr Bridge. He also held a private pilot’s licence and there was no question of him being unable to drive safely.
The length of the driving ban and the requirement to retake his test were “manifestly excessive,” Mr Bridge told Mr Justice Haddon-Cave.
The judge reserved his decision and will give his ruling at a later date.