Feb 07 2016
The approved minutes of the January meeting of Westwood Parish Council have been published on the Parish Council web page Please note the DRAFT minutes of the February 2016 meeting have also been published
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Footpath Freshford to Westwood
Please be advised that the works to improve the Freshford
BA12/5 footpath have now been completed and the path is open. There is some fencing
to repair and a minor tidy up but apart from that everything has been
As you are aware most of the work involved was to install
gabion baskets under the surface of the footpath, in order to stabilise
the surface. These cannot be seen. The overhanging branches and
vegetation have been cut back and this has widened the footpath and will
hopefully let more light in. The footpath has been levelled out as much as
Unfortunately, as this footpath is prone to flooding
it is not possible to stone the surface as it would get washed away into the
Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire
Reminder: All parishioners should have received a questionnaire delivered to them which they were asked to complete after going to a meeting arranged by the Westwood Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG)
If you did not receive the questionnaire please contact the NPSG using the Contact form on this website supplying your name and address and a questionnaire will be delivered to you.
Please note that completed questionnaires can be handed in at the Westwood Shop/Post Office.
The website has been updated. For some time there has been a shortage of memory due to the large size of the accumulated Minutes. For example, 2011's Minutes consist of 94 A4 pages of data.
The site's Search tool has also been affected, this should be fully operational now as several years' Minutes have been removed and republished as PDF files.
The Parish of Westwood
The parish of Westwood lies at the
western extremity of Wiltshire, a mile to the south-west of
Bradford-on-Avon, and stretches about 2.5 km from west to east and 1.5 km
from north to south. It occupies an angle formed by the northward-flowing
River Frome and the westward-flowing Bristol Avon; these rivers form its
southern and northern boundaries, respectively. It includes five smaller
settlements, Lower Westwood near the centre, Upper Westwood and Avoncliff
to the north, Lye Green to the north-east, and the hamlet of Iford (which
straddles the county boundary with Somerset) to the south-west. Since the
Second World War, new housing development has created a 'Middle Westwood'
in the fields between Upper and Lower Westwood. On the south-west and
west, the parish adjoins Somerset and Avon.
The derivation of the place name is easy to guess, reflecting the former thick cover of woodland and
its position as the 'western wood' of the Saxon royal estate of Bradford. The name has changed little
over the centuries; it was 'Westwuda' in A.D. 987. Avoncliff (called 'Ancliff' in earlier times), as might be expected,
stands on a limestone outcrop on a steep hillside above the Avon valley.
Westwood is situated on the limestone plateau, and the clay soils were
used for arable cultivation until the nineteenth century, since when
pastoral farming, and particularly dairying, have predominated. To
continue reading visit:
Wiltshire Council Community pages
and select Comprehensive View.
BUS SERVICES – RURAL SERVICES TO BE AXED?
Wiltshire Council is currently undertaking a consultation on Bus Services. This is a particularly important consultation that will determine the future of rural (and other) bus services. If you use/value the local village bus services...........Please respond to the consultation OR YOU MAY LOSE THE CURRENT SERVICES (e.g. the No. 94)!
Roughly half of bus routes in Wiltshire are operated with the need for financial support from Wiltshire Council. Services with fewer passengers, weekend and evening, or remote
services require more support. Many other local authorities have already made savings from reducing or withdrawing subsidised bus routes.
Wiltshire Council will now undertake a consultation to hear the views of residents. The Council has made no decisions and would like to see how far residents agree or disagree with the
presented options, or alternatively suggest their own. Consultation documents (including questionnaires) can be viewed on the council's consultation portal:
Hard copies of the consultation material including questionnaires will be available at local libraries and at main council offices. Questionnaires will also be available on buses
operating contracted services, and can be sent out on request by contacting 0300 456 0100.
The consultation will be open from 7 January 2016 to 5pm on the 4 April 2016.
If you have any queries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Houses at Leslie Rise/Tynings Way (Selwood Housing)
These houses will be completed shortly
Selwood Housing has asked the Parish Council to promote these houses to local residents and to encourage them to register their interest with Homes4Wiltshire if they wish to be considered for one of these properties.
If you are interested, please contact the following (not the Parish Council or the Clerk to the Parish Council!):
Homes4wiltshire Contact Details:
Customer Service Team: 0300 456 0104
Unsolicited telephone (cold) calls and mail
Unsolicited (cold) calls and mail
Unsolicited (cold) calls and mail are not only a nuisance, but can also lead to pressured sales and sub-standard goods being sold at premium prices. To avoid unsolicited sales calls and mail in the future you should remove your personal details from any sales lists. This can be done by: Registering with the Telephone Preference Service. This is a free service. Registration can be made on line
www.tpsonline.org.uk<http://www.tpsonline.org.uk> or by telephoning 0845 070 0707.
Registering with the Mailing Preference Service.
This is a free service. Registration can be made on line
www.mpsonline.org.uk<http://www.mpsonline.org.uk> or by phone to 0845 703
Electoral registers are updated each Autumn and are lists of all the names and
addresses of everyone who is eligible to vote. There are two editions of the
registers; a full register which is used for elections, preventing and detecting
crime and checking applications for loan or credit and the edited register which
is publically available for marketing and any other commercial activities. When
renewal notices arrive, consider only registering for the full register by
opting out of the edited register. Further information can be found on
Please note that material is posted to this website within hours if not
minutes of it being received
Westwood Update Feb/Mar 2016
The news from the current version of Westwood Update No 120 has been added to the website. News items are published in the appropriate categories. Please do not overlook the links to other pages on the Community web page in the left column. The Freshford and District Local Historical society has published their lectures for Spring.
Contact local police
For all non emergency calls to the police phone 101.
The telephone company will determine where the call is being made from and direct the caller to the local police for that area. For further information visit: Police UK
This works anywhere in the UK. If you are phoning outside of Wiltshire to report to your local police call 2012 your call will be redirected by the operator to your local police.
Local travel news
The link below is to a Wiltshire Times webpage which has a map
centred on Trowbridge but extends to Bath, Chippenham, Frome,
Shepton Mallet and Warminster. There is a list of Latest Incidents.