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.
Stratford-upon-Avon District Council together with Coventry University are bidding for a share of the £1 million government funded Portas Pilot project aimed at helping to support and grow the economies in towns and villages.
They have produced a video bid (available below) and submitted it to Mary Portas for her consideration.
If successful, the funding will initially help to create an E-Town Toolkit pilot in Bidford-on-Avon and Studley that could be rolled out to support other towns and larger villages across the district.
The E-Town Toolkit will inform visitors and potential shoppers about some of the hidden gems in the district – like Bidford and Studley – that might currently be overshadowed by the presence of their bigger neighbour, Stratford-upon-Avon.
People will be able to access information about about future plans for the high streets in both towns by viewing a virtual high street and a market place in each case. If successful it is hoped the tool kit will increase visitor and shopper foot fall for both areas.
Alcester have also produced a video bid, independent of the district council's. To view the video bid from Alcester, which was featured in last week's Stratford Herald, click here.
Warwick have also bid for the project. You can watch their video here.
In an interview with ITV News, Mary Portas herself said she hoped Warwick would become a pilot town, and went as far as saying the amazing way the town had pulled together in their bid suggested that they might not even need her, they were already there.
Hundreds of towns across the country have bid for one of 12 shares of the £1 million of government money plus retail help from Mary Portas.