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 7.30pm usually on the second Wednesday of every month (with the exception of August & December). 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 Buckinghamshire Council planning applications within the parish.
Residents may not be aware that the parish council is a consultee on planning applications, for development within the parish boundaries. Each planning application submitted relating to Westbury parish must be referred to the parish council, who is entitled to make a representation.
Parish Council Meeting Dates
Please note, some dates will be subject to change but advance notice will be provided.
All meetings are held at Westbury Village Hall on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm.
2023: 11th January; 8th February; 8th March; 12th April (Annual Parish meeting); 10th May (Annual Meeting of the Council); 14th June; 12th July; 13th September; 11th October; 15th November.
2024: 10th January; 7th February; 13th March; 10th April (Annual Parish meeting); 8th May (Annual Meeting of the Council); 12th June; 10th July; 11th September; 9th October; 13th November.
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 & Planning
Having lived in the area for a number of years we moved to Westbury some 12 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 10 years and enjoy every minute of it. In April 2016 I took over as chairman.
Jonathan Newman: Neighbourhood Plan, HS2 & Planning
I moved to Westbury in 2021 with my wife and two sons. We’ve been welcomed by the village and are very happy to have made Westbury our home. In 2022 I was asked to be involved in the development of a Neighbourhood plan for Westbury and have subsequently joined the Parish Council.
James Watson: Speed Watch, Beachborough Liaison & Planning
I moved to Westbury in 2013 with my wife having grown up in Northamptonshire and lived in the USA and then Surrey in between. In Westbury, I served as chairman of the WSCA (Westbury Sports and Community Association) which ran the old Village Hall before the new build.
I currently work for Amazon Web Services and have two young children at Beachborough School.
Graeme Cook: Vice-Chairman, Utilities, Highways & Planning
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 and became vice-chairman in 2019.
Katy Wintour: Playpark, Social Media, Financial Controls & Planning
My family moved to Westbury in 2018 and I joined the parish council in July 2019.
Prior to moving from Bicester, our family visited Westbury on a few occasions, we always received a lovely welcome and it was clear to us even then that the village has a wonderful sense of community. We moved from Westbury to Brackley towards the end of 2023 but we still feel very attached to the village.
I work for a local recruitment and HR services business as a recruiter and I am currently responsible for the Playpark and Social Media for the Parish Council as well as quarterly financial control checks.
Pierre Jeannes: WVHA & WCSC Liaison & Planning
I joined Westbury Parish Council in November 2021. I am also a member of Westbury Village Hall Association (WVHA).
Richard Tredwell: Tree Management, Footpaths and Planning
I joined Westbury Parish Council in July 2021. I am also a long-standing member of Westbury Cricket Club.
Cathy Knott: Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)
Tel: 01280 423295 or 07545 137500
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 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 and volunteers, making this a great place to live.