Westbury Parish Council

Westbury Parish Council represents the village of Westbury and its 200 households. The Council comprises of 7 Councillors including the Chairman and Vice Chairman. The parish clerk is the proper officer of the council, providing advice, administrative support and taking action to implement decisions.

Parish Council meetings are open to the public and are held in the Village Hall, Playing Field Road, Westbury, Northamptonshire, NN13 5JN at 8.00pm on the second Wednesday of every month (with the exception of August). The public do not have a right to speak when the council meetings are in session unless invited to do so by the Chairman but public comments are taken before the meeting commences. Members of the public may also speak after the meeting including matters relating to items on the Agenda.

Westbury is fortunate to have a number of facilities which are owned and managed by the Parish Council, these include: the playing field, playground and the village hall which is managed through an agreement with Westbury Village Hall Association. In addition the Parish Council is responsible for providing and ensuring a range of services to the village, these include: grass cutting, dog bins, street lighting and responding to the District Council planning applications within the parish.

Parish Council Meeting Dates

Please note, some dates will be subject to change but advance notice will be provided.

2018: 10th January; 21st February; 14th March; 11th April (Annual Parish Meeting); 9th May (Annual Meeting of the Council); 13th June; 4th July; 12th September; 10th October; 14th November; 12th December

Meet your Parish Councillors

The Parish Councillors are listed below, along with their areas of responsibility, short biography and contact details:

  • James Stone, Chair: Finance, Insurance, Legal, HR & General Administration
  • Vicky Webb, Vice Chair: Footpaths (Oxon/Bucks registration), HR & WVHA
  • Franco Capella: Planning
  • Graeme Cook: Utilities, Highways
  • Derek Crane – TBC
  • Sue Barrett: Footpaths, Dog Utilities & Christmas Lights
  • Mark Willis – TBC
  • Cathy Knott: Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)
Planning Information

Information about local planning applications and policies are available on the Aylesbury Vale District Council’s website.

View details of planning applications, appeals & enforcement and register to receive updates or comment on a planning application.

Keep in touch
For the latest Westbury Village information, there are several ways to stay up to date:

Contact us
If you would like to contact us, please email or phone:

James Stone, Chair: Finance, Insurance, Legal, HR & General Administration

Tel: 01280 702455 or 07713 196026 – Email: jamesstonewpc@gmail.com

Having lived in the area for a number of years we moved to Westbury some 8 years ago where my family and I have made our home. Shortly after moving to the village I got involved with the Village Plan and was persuaded to Chair the project through to its conclusion. I have been a Parish Councillor for over 5 years and enjoy every minute of it.

In April 2016 I took over from Derek Crane as Chair.

Vicky Webb, Vice Chair: Footpaths (Oxon/Bucks registration), HR & WVHA

Tel: 01280 706056 / 07776 471066 – Email: vicky.hopewalker@btinternet.com

I am now in my 20th year as a resident for Westbury, and have been on the Parish Council for 17 years. It has been a wonderful place for my family to grown up. I work freelance as a project manager for the Paralympic Heritage Trust.

Currently my main area of responsibility on the Parish Council is as Vice Chair. I am also the representative for Westbury Village Hall Association (WVHA) of which I am Chair and I am the main liaison for the Parish Council’s application to register 3 footpaths in the Village.

Franco Capella: Planning

Tel: 07834 197403 – Email: Franco.Capella@burbagerealty.com

My family and I moved to Westbury in 2012. I am married to Carolyn and we have four young children. I work as a Chartered Surveyor in Northampton, for a property consultancy, specialising in logistics real estate. Since moving to Westbury both my wife and I have been struck by the effort that goes into the wide range of social activities regularly occurring in the village and the sense of community this creates . We are very happy here and I decided to join Westbury PC in September 2016, taking over responsibility for planning.

Graeme Cook: Utilities, Highways

Tel: 07901 862133 – Email: graemecookwpc@gmail.com


I live in Towcester but work in Westbury as the Operations Manager at SugaRich (Brackley Dryer).

I joined Westbury Parish Council in 2016 having been a regular attendee for over a year.

Derek Crane – TBC

Tel: 01280 703107 / 07796687862 – Email: cderekcrane@aol.com

I live in Brackley but have spent many years living in Westbury.  I retired as Chair to Westbury Parish Council in March 2016 (after 20years) and re-joined in December 2017.

Sue Barrett: Footpaths, Dog Utilities & Christmas Lights

Tel: 01280 704880 or 07976 363091 – Email: sue.barrett@mac.com

My family and I have been part of Westbury Village for over 20 years. I have two teenagers, Ben and Freya. After training as a nurse and then a long career in banking, I now work for myself from home. I joined the Parish Council 5 years ago and last year I took over the responsibility of footpaths. Until recently I was responsible for Utilities. The Key things I have implemented are an increase in the number of dog bins in the village, changed street lights (where needed) and continued the street light replacement programme.

A fun project was the installation of the Christmas lights in the centre of the village which gets better every year. I have been very involved with getting the new village hall off the ground and have been successful in gaining funds through various grants.

Mark Willis – TBC

Tel: – Email: mark.willis1970@hotmail.co.uk

My family and I moved to the village in September 2016. I live with my wife, Helen, and my children, Michael and Sophie, aged 4 and 2. We are really happy here and love the community spirit of the village. It is a privilege to be a part of the Parish Council where I can help maintain this fantastic ethos. My hobbies are mainly linked to the countryside and traditional pastimes; conservation and wildlife are two of my main interests. I work in IT at Northampton General Hospital and have done for the last 20 years. I look forward to meeting more of the people in the village through my role as a parish councillor

Cathy Knott: Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)

Tel: 01280 308580 or 07545 137500 – Email: westburyclerk@aol.com

My husband and I moved to Westbury in 2011. I was initially a bit sceptical about living in a small village as I’ve always been a “towny” but I feel very much at home here and everyone’s so friendly. I have two grown up sons, Jamie and Chris and two step-children, Emily and Louis. I became Clerk to Westbury Parish Council in February 2013 and really enjoy my work. I am continually amazed at the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes of running a village and think that Westbury is very lucky to have such a dedicated team of Councillors.