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 FORMER chief constable of Warwickshire has urged people not to vote in today's police and crime commissioner elections.
Peter Joslin, who was Warwickshire’s chief constable from 1983 to 1998, said he feared that changes to the system would leave people with “little experience” in charge.
He said if people who disagreed with the changes withheld their vote, the government would know the public did not agree with it.
All three candidates for the new post in Warwickshire—Conservative Fraser Pithie, Labour’s James Plaskitt and Independent Ron Ball—criticised Mr Joslin for his remarks.
Mr Pithie said it was “regrettable” that Mr Joslin had come out with such comments. Mr Ball said he was “disappointed” by what he described as “irresponsible” comments.
Mr Plaskitt — a former MP for Warwick and Leamington and junior government minister—said Mr Joslin’s comments were “disappointing” and added: “Nobody ever voted directly for the political representatives who sit on the police authority.
“At least here everyone has had a chance to vote and so there is somebody directly accountable.”
Voting in the police and crime commissioner elections takes place today (Thursday). Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.
The count will begin tomorrow (Friday) at the National Policing Improvement Agency at Ryton-on-Dunsmore at 11am, and the result is expected between 2pm and 5pm, depending on the turnout.
The elections are being held under the Supplementary Vote (SV) system, in which electors have the opportunity to state a first and second preference. If a candidate gets 50 percent plus one vote, they are elected.
If not, the two top candidates continue to the second round and the winner emerges after adding the second-choice to the first-choice votes.