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 threat of ash dieback has attached additional importance to a major survey of thousands of trees owned by Stratford-on-Avon District Council, commissioned to figure out the best way to keep them intact.
The council have contracted Wharton Trees, based in Atherstone-on-Stour, to survey up to 2,000 of the council’s trees in the district’s “high-use” areas.
Although ash dieback has been found at a nursery in northern Warwickshire, the work will provide the council with a system that will prioritise care for all trees—not just ash— in danger from pests and diseases.
Peter Wharton, from Wharton Trees, said: “The outbreak of fungal disease, ash dieback, could have a devastating impact on our native species of ash, as well as a number of other ornamental species in the UK and could change our landscape forever.
“Unfortunately it would appear that we are beyond eradicating and controlling the spread of ash dieback and it is now about management of outbreaks. As tree owners and managers it is important that the signs of disease are identified at an early stage.”
The contract includes a survey mapping all trees in areas most often used by people, tree work and care recommendations, as well as aerial assessments and decay detection.
Mr Wharton told the Herald there was scope for a further survey of all the council’s trees, which would be in the thousands.
Although the council initially looked into the project in September, before the fears of ash dieback surfaced, in recent weeks the awareness of trees, pests and diseases has been heightened with the emergence of the disease.
Olly Scholefield, Streetscene manager at the council said: “This work is fundamental to the council’s Tree Management Plan which ensures that the trees for which we are responsible are safe and in a healthy condition. We look forward to working with Wharton Arboriculture on this project.”
Trees are seen by the council as a key component of the beauty, infrastructure and appeal of Stratford, which provide many benefits enhancing public open space, tourism and new housing development.
For further advice on tree care and management (including ash dieback) contact Wharton Arboriculture on Tel. 01789 459458 or visit www.whartontrees.co.uk