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 LEGAL challenge is to be mounted by Stratford-on-Avon District Council against the government's decision to allow 800 homes to be built on land near to Anne Hathaway's Cottage, one of the most famous historic buildings in the world.
The decision to fight the government’s go-ahead for the housing scheme on the edge of the village of Shottery was made by the council’s regulatory committee today after it had been briefed on the legal position by a leading barrister.
The committee believes there are flaws in the planning inspector’s report recommending approval of the hugely controversial scheme and that the decision by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is therefore based on inaccurate information.
For details of the alleged inaccuracies see the current issue of the Herald.
After receiving advice from the lawyer in a confidential session of its meeting, the regulatory committee reconvened in public and voted unanimously to instruct the council’s monitoring officer to prepare a legal challenge to the government decision.
Just before the vote one member of the committee, Cllr Mike Brain (Cons, Quinton), said: “Stratford is a special place in the world. It is of world heritage significance. If there’s a chance of a legal challenge we must take it.”
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is so named because it is the place where William Shakespeare’s wife grew up.
On Saturday from 10am supporters of a new campaign called “Save Shottery” will be lobbying trustees attending a meeting of the
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust—which owns the Cottage—to urge them not to sell land behind the building that is vital for the housing scheme to go ahead as envisaged. The meeting is at the Shakespeare Centre in Henley Street, Stratford.
For further information on the legal challenge see next week’s papers.