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 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.

Planning information 

Westbury Parish Council is consulted on planning applications in the area. It is a power offered to parish and town councils under Schedule 1, paragraph 8 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990.

Comments on a planning application made by the parish council must be based on “material considerations,” that is “a matter that should be taken into account in deciding a planning application or on an appeal against a planning decision”.

Examples of material considerations are loss of privacy, highway safety, and noise. Examples of things that are not material considerations are loss of view, and the identity of the applicant and/or developer. A list can be found at https://www.planningportal.co.uk/services/help/faq/planning/about-the-planningsystem/what-are-material-considerations.

Comments made by the parish council are sent to the Local Planning Authority (LPA), which is Buckinghamshire Council:  https://publicaccess.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/online-applications//search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application

Neighbourhood Plan information – on hold

Westbury Parish Councillors resolved at its meeting on 14th November 2018 to develop a neighbourhood plan for the parish of Westbury and a steering group was set up, chaired by cllr Cath Young.

In May 2019, AVDC confirmed the designation of the Neighbourhood Area as the entire parish of Westbury and in June 2019 the neighbourhood plan area consultation on the boundary of the proposed neighbourhood area took place. In August 2019, we received formal notice of the area designation from AVDC. We successfully applied for a locality grant in the autumn of 2019 and instructed O’Neill Homer, specialist consultants to support us in our plan.  Since then, the steering group has been collecting evidence including a call for sites, housing stock, heritage, design and environment, traffic data, conservation study and an ecological survey.
Visioning Note

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 at 7.30pm.

2022: 12th January; 9th February; 9th March; 13th April (Annual Parish meeting); 11th May (Annual Meeting of the Council); 8th June; 13th July; 14th September; 12th October; 16th November.

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; 8th November.

Meet your Parish Councillors

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

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

Tel: 01280 702455 or 07713 196026
Email: jamesstonewpc@gmail.com
Register of Interests

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.

Cllr. Vicky WebbVicky Webb: Footpaths (Oxon/Bucks registration), Local Footpaths,  WVHA

Tel: 01280 706056 / 07776 471066
Email: vicky.hopewalker@btinternet.com
Register of Interests

I am now in my 20th year as a resident for Westbury, and have been on the Parish Council for 18 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 for the Parish Council is footpaths (including the three outstanding Oxfordshire footpaths). I am also a member of Westbury Village Hall Association (WVHA).

Cllr. Cath YoungCath Young: Neighbourhood plan, speed watch & traffic calming

Tel: 07926 707479/ 01280 701107
Email: cath.young15@gmail.com
Register of Interests

My family moved to Bucks when I was five and I have lived very happily in Westbury since 2005.  I have one son at University, he was at school locally and has has played cricket for the village since he was 9.  I have been involved with Westbury Youth Cricket Club for many years and now spend Saturdays in cricket season as scorer for the senior club first team

I work at a local school as a nurse and teacher of Health & Social Care and have previously worked in Oxford in a variety of nursing and teaching roles. During a career break from nursing I ran my own business, a florist and gift shop in Deddington.

As a new council member I am very impressed with the pro-activity and dedication of the Parish Council and look forward to getting more involved in issues which affect the village community.

Cllr. Graeme CookGraeme Cook: Vice-Chairman, Utilities, Highways

Tel: 07901 862133 –
Email: graemecookwpc@gmail.com
Register of Interests

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.

Cllr. Katy WintourKaty Wintour: Playpark, Social Media & Financial Controls

Tel: 07852 748974
Email: kwintour@hotmail.co.uk
Register of Interests

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.
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 JeannesPierre Jeannes: WVHA & WCSC Liaison

Tel: 07971 014026
Email: pjeannes@me.com
Register of Interests

Richard Tredwell: Tree Management and Planning

Tel: 01280 703402 / 07703 312493
Email: richard@fieldsbarnfarm.co.uk
Register of Interests

Cathy Knott: Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)

Tel: 01280 423295 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 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.

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