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 results of Monday night's parish poll in Shipston-on-Stour, dubbed 'pointless' by many, are in.
The vote was on whether the town council should be forced to call a public meeting, without delay, on their purchase of Shipston police station in West Street.
Forty-six people voted for the meeting, whereas 28 voted against it, meaning only 74 people of Shipston's 4,111 electorate turned up to vote, just 1.81%.
Costing the town council, and therefore the taxpayer, around £1,500 to hold the poll in the first place, Shipston town councillor, Philip Vial, tweeted last night: "What an absolute waste of Shipston residents' money. £20 a vote."
What appears to make the poll particularly pointless, is that the public meeting is unlikely to even go ahead.
The council have already swapped contracts with Warwickshire Police and Cllr Vial said on his blog: "The result is only advisory and there won’t be a public meeting – but residents are welcome to come along to the Town Meeting on 26th April where it will be discussed."
Two rooms will be rented back to Warwickshire Police, who claim there will be no change to their operation in Shipston following the sale.
The parish poll was held after a group of residents, led by Mike Ashley, used a little-known by-law that states if more than ten of the electorate call for a parish poll, it must be observed.
Shipston residents were able to vote at the Sheldon Bosley Hub between 4pm-9pm on Monday night.