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 usually 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 Buckinghamshire Council planning applications within the parish.
2021 Parish Council Elections
Parish council elections will be held on 6th May 2021. If you would like to have a greater say in what goes on in your community, then why not become a parish councillor?
As a councillor representing Westbury, you will help keep it a great place to live and work. You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake ‘new councillor’ training. You should be comfortable working electronically and should have a positive outlook and a ‘can do’ attitude and be willing to work as part of a team.
If you are interested in joining the council, have a read of this this booklet, ‘all about local councils‘ then contact either the clerk, Cathy Knott for more information or have a chat with one of the current councillors whose details can be found below.
Neighbourhood Plan information
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.
On Sunday 29th March at 9.30 am we will be holding a (free) village breakfast to consult with villagers. Please come along and join us if you can. POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Parish Council Meeting Dates
Please note, some dates will be subject to change but advance notice will be provided.
Meetings during the Covid-19 crisis are still open to the public but will be held virtually via Zoom technology. If you would like to join a virtual meeting, please request an invitation from the parish clerk. SEPTEMBER UPDATE: face to face meetings resume at Westbury Village Hall on 9th September. If you would like to attend please adhere to the risk assessment and contact the parish clerk to register (for track and trace purposes). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2020: 22nd January; 12th February; 11th March; 15th April (Annual Parish meeting); 13th May (Annual Meeting of the Council); 10th June; 22nd July; 9th September; 14th October; Postponed to 25th November.
2021: 13th January; 10th February; 10th March; 21st April (Annual Parish meeting); 12th May (Annual Meeting of the Council); 16th June; 7th July; 8th September; 13th October; 24th 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
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: Footpaths (Oxon/Bucks registration), Local Footpaths, WVHA
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).
Cath Young: Neighbourhood plan, speed watch & traffic calming
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.
Graeme Cook: Vice-Chairman, Utilities, Highways
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.
Lindsay Webster: HS2, speed watch & traffic calming
I moved into the village in 2008 and really love village life and the sense of community Westbury fosters. I am a freelance Business Change Consultant working with companies to lead their colleagues successfully through change. I joined Westbury Parish Council in 2019.
Katy Wintour: Playpark, Social Media & Financial Controls
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.
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 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.
Information about local planning applications and policies are available on the Aylesbury Vale District Council’s website.