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 FLEET of new snow blowers are being readied by Warwickshire County Council to help pedestrians with this year’s cold weather.
Four snow blowers, capable of carving a 24-inch wide walkway on pavements and cutting through snow 20-inches deep, have been positioned at strategic locations around the county, including one in Wellesbourne and one in Warwick.
The blowers cost £1,200 each and are capable of processing up to 50 tonnes of snow per hour.
Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, said: “In the event of severe weather, our highways teams will continue to work extremely hard to keep the county’s roads clear.
“We have bought in some snow blowers as an additional tool to clear large quantities of snow from footways.
“We also have a fleet of gritters covering the county’s roads and snow wardens helping clear ice and snow in their communities.”
The council had approximately 14,000 tonnes of salt ready for gritting the roads this winter.
They focus on keeping the primary routes – approximately 1,760km, or 46 per cent of the county’s road – as clear as possible.
Although one resident in Bidford was shocked this week when for the second time this winter road sweepers swept up grit just hours after gritters had put it down.
Cllr Butlin added: “Our gritters cover thousands of miles to keep Warwickshire moving in wintery conditions and ensure that as many roads as possible remain clear and safe.
“It is not possible to treat the entire network due to narrow rural routes, densely parked residential streets and resource constraints.”
Details of gritting in Warwickshire can be found on the new ‘Gritter Twitter’ profile. Follow @WarksGritting.