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.
THE CONSERVATIVE candidate for Warwickshire's police and crime commissioner, Fraser Pithie, is out of the running after the first count of votes. He got the least with 20,571 votes.
James Plaskitt (Labour, 22,308 votes) and Ron Ball (Independent, 21,410 votes) are still in the running.
The second choices of those who voted for Mr Pithie are now being counted to decide who is elected. In total, 66,085 people in Warwickshire voted, just 15.65% of the electorate.
When asked why he thought he was eliminated in the first round, Mr Pithie said: “I think people are struggling to understand what the role was about. That has played a part in the very little turnout.
“At the end of the day I failed to persuade enough people to vote for me, of course I am personally disappointed but I accept the outcome. The people have spoken.”
Labour's James Plaskitt was helped hugely by people from Warwick and Leamington, where he was MP for 13 years between 1997-2010. In that area, Mr Plaskitt received 8,868 votes, a significant amount more than Mr Pithie (5,505) and Mr Ball (5,263).