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 REVIEW into turning street lights off overnight in Warwickshire is taking place on Tuesday.
Street lighting will be turned off overnight in Stratford district from 1st April but prior to that roll-out, Warwickshire County Council has been trialling the operation in Warwick district since December.
Street lamps have been switched off between midnight and 5.30am from Sunday to Thursday and on Friday and Saturday nights between 1am and 6.30am.
Cllr John Whitehouse (Lib Dem, Kenilworth Abbey), chair of the council’s communities overview and scrutiny committee, said: “Elected members want to question the several changes already made to the new scheme within a few weeks of its implementation.
“Responding to public concerns is all very well, but how has this been done and collated, and who has been consulted each time?
“What is the early feedback from the police and other public authorities? Just as importantly, do the early results suggest that the energy cost savings targets will be met?
“It is very important that these and other questions are answered before the roll-out to the rest of Warwickshire starts at the beginning of February.”
The meeting is taking place at Shire Hall in Warwick at 10am on Teusday 15th January and is designed to provide the public an opportunity to ask officers about the new scheme.
The switch to part-night street lighting is due to be implemented in Nuneaton and Bedworth and Rugby on 1st February, followed by North Warwickshire and Stratford district on 1st April.