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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.
AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
AN ANTI-BADGER cull march is going to be held in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon next month on a busy Saturday afternoon.
Campaigners will be gathering outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Henley Street at midday on Saturday 15th March, some of them dressed in black and white, some of them dressed as badgers.
Organised by Lydia Hocking, a mum-of-two from Bedworth, campaigners are expecting a few hundred people to show up.
Lydia told the Herald she organised the march in Stratford because it was more high profile and more appropriate than North Warwickshire.
“South Warwickshire is more renowned for being pro-hunt and we know that there’s probably going to be more people signing up for the cull in South Warwickshire than North Warwickshire,” she said.
“It’s more of a rural area, the farming area is much bigger.”
Describing herself as an “ordinary person”, the working mum-of-two recovering from breast cancer said she could not stand by and watch the cull take place.
“I want people to understand that culling badgers will make no difference at all, I suppose in a nutshell I’m doing it because it’s morally, ethically, and scientifically wrong.”
The march is being supported by the Warwickshire Badger Group, the Badger Trust, and Care for the Wild.
There will be a series of speeches in Henley Street before the march, the main one from Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild.
After that the campaigners will march down Bridge Street, across Waterside, up Sheep Street, right onto High Street, left onto Wood Street and then down Meer Street back to Henley Street.
Taking a leisurely pace, the campaigners expect the march to take between 20 and 30 minutes.