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.
RESIDENTS and ramblers in Henley and Beaudesert are “angry” at one man’s application to privatise a 2000-year-old highway.
Not only has Paul Jennings applied to take a stretch of Edge Lane – which historically linked Camp Lane in Beaudesert with the Warwick Road in Henley – he has also put up a gate across the highway with Parsonsfield, the name of his house on it. A gate which has recently been removed by an unknown neighbour.
Mr Jennings claims: “The private road is for my exclusive use as it leads to the end of my property and is not used by anyone else.” Shortly after it reaches his house, the road does deteriorate into an overgrown mess.
However his neighbours, Douglas and Sue Bridgewater – who have lived 300 yards down the road for 30 years, and own land adjacent to the part Mr Jennings wants to privatise – wrote to the Land Registry on Monday to object to Mr Jennings application.
“It has never been a private road, it is not for his exclusive use, it leads for a considerable distance beyond his property and it is frequently used by other people,” they claim.
Other residents in the area are also against the privatisation.
Despite being significantly overgrown, Edge Lane is shown as a road on the 2012 edition of the Ordnance Survey map, and the northern section of the path gives access to two 100-mile walking routes, the Millennium Way and the Heart of England Way.
Indeed, until recently many satellite navigation systems thought the way through to Warwick Road was still open, and brought huge lorries up the road.
Speaking to the Herald, Mr Bridgewater called the whole application a “nonsense”. He said: “Edge Lane is a road of historical significance.
It is also an integral part of one of the most interesting if least known circular walks in the parish. The loss of part of it would, I firmly believe, be detrimental to the interests of the local population, of both present and future generations.
“It is overgrown in places, but he [Mr Jennings] has done nothing to encourage people to walk that way.”
Mr Bridgewater wants to round up volunteers to clear the overgrown path and restore it to its historical use.
The Herald spoke to 75-year-old Pat Spears, who was born at Parsonsfield in 1937 and lived there until she was 16.
“I have the most vivid memory of the lane leading up to the house,” she said.
“It went further along, a bridlepath really, until you came to the old railway line.”
However, she cannot remember the lane being used much.
“Did anyone go up there? Not really, there was nowhere to go apart from Parsonsfield! There were cyclists occasionally, falling off most of the time because of the cobbles.”
But according to Pat, the lane down to the old railway line was wide, always kept clean, with two six-foot high hedges on either side. A lot different to the current situation.
Les Goodman, Chairman of the Henley and Beaudesert Joint Parish Council, and a member of the Stratford Ramblers, went out to the site last week. He said: “Technically it is a road, it is still a lane.”
Objectors have until tomorrow (Friday) to write to the Land Registry, and as well as contacting Cllr Goodman and Warwickshire County
Council, Mr Bridgewater also raised the issue last night (Wednesday) at the Henley Court Leet meeting.
On Monday (19th November), Henley Parish Council will be discussing it at their meeting.
Mrs Bridgewater told the Herald: “We hadn’t realised how many people were interested in this.”
After the period of objections closes tomorrow, the Land Registry will consider the application.
The Herald attempted to contact Mr Jennings, but he was unavailable for comment.