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 the District Council planning applications within the parish.
2020 Parish Council Elections
Parish council elections will be held on 7th May this year. 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 we will be holding a (free) village breakfast to consult with villagers.
Parish Council Meeting Dates
Please note, some dates will be subject to change but advance notice will be provided.
2020: 22nd January; 12th February; 11th March; 15th April (Annual Parish meeting); 13th May (Annual Meeting of the Council); 10th June; 1st July; 9th September; 14th October;11th November; 9th 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: Footpaths (Oxon/Bucks registration), Local Footpaths, WVHA
- Cath Young – Neighbourhood plan, speed watch & traffic calming
- Graeme Cook, Vice Chair: Utilities, Highways, HR
- Lindsay Webster – HS2, speed watch & traffic calming
- Katy Wintour: Playpark & Social Media
- Cathy Knott: Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)
Information about local planning applications and policies are available on the Aylesbury Vale District Council’s website.