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Minutes

When are the council's minutes available to read?

Please note that minutes of parish council meetings need to be approved before they can be published. Approval takes place at the following month's PC meeting.

March 2014 are the latest available including Extraordinary meeting 11th March

The minutes for April will be approved at the May meeting.

Note: The minutes for the extraordinary meeting on the 2nd April has been approved at the ordinary meeting on the 7th April anbd has been published.

Neighbourhood policing team

Community contact with police

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Andrew MacLachlan has planned a series of consultations until July in each of his parishes. A schedule of location, dates and time are published on the Neighbourhood Watch web page

RSS feed

RSS feed update 4th Mar 2014

Several new categories have been added to the website. Users will need to update their subscription to include the new categories. At present there are 58 categories.

Minutes

When are the council's minutes available to read?

Please note that minutes of parish council meetings need to be approved before they can be published. Approval takes place at the following month's PC meeting.

February 2014 are the latest available

The minutes for March will be approved at the April meeting.

Community Speed watch

Community Speed Watch newsletter

Westwood has a community speed watch team now. Wiltshire's Community Speed Watch newletters can be read from the Westwood Road Safety Update link on the Community web page.

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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.

Neighbourhood Planning

The government has brought about significant changes to the planning system through the Localism Act 2011. It upholds the principles of localism, with less "top-down" prescription and more "bottom up" involvement by, in our case, Wiltshire Council and the local people and businesses in Westwood Parish.

Neighbourhood planning is a tier of the national planning system which seeks to give us more control over the future of our area, through positive engagement with ourselves. However, Neighbourhood Planning is optional since, for instance, we could simply choose to rely on the planning principles stated in the Wiltshire Core Strategy which is currently in public consultation.

The presumption is not a green light for development as all proposals will need to demonstrate

their sustainability and be in line with the strict protections in the Core Strategy, including

protecting

communities and the environment from unacceptable proposals. Where our parish wish to lay

down additional and specific strategies and principles for local planning and development in

our parish, we need to produce our tailored version of a Neighbourhood Plan. Once this is put

in place, local decisions will be made in line with it.

This is a journey that could take up to 2 years to complete, although our plan may carry weight after it has been accepted by you and Wilshire Council. Your Westwood Parish Council is the qualifying body and executive board for our Neighbourhood Planning process, and our first step is to initiate a steering group which will chaired by members of the council. There will need to be considerable engagement and participation with you, and some of you will be able to sit on the steering committee itself in future.

The inaugural steering committee meeting will occur later this month to work out our next steps and what is required to produce our local plan.

YOU NEED TO GET INVOLVED or, at the very least, keep yourselves fully informed. These are the ways you can do this [website links are listed at the end] :

  • the community will be invited to join the Neighbourhood Planning Steering Committee, for which there will be a selection process.
  • attend our Westwood Parish Council meetings, which includes a public adjournment near the start of every meeting, generally held on the 1st Monday of every month [except August].
  •  attend and contribute to your Annual Parish Meeting to be held this year on Wednesday, 7th May.
  • read the minutes of the Westwood Parish Council.
  • read our articles in the Westwood Update and the website
  • leave comments on our FaceBook page.
  • visit Wiltshire Council on line.
  • comment on Wiltshire Council's draft Core Strategy.
  • read the notice boards around the village.
  • have a look and see what Freshford and Limpley Stoke are doing.

  If you want this to be YOUR Neighbourhood Plan, YOU need to get involved.

Cllr Richardson.

Wiltshire government planning and development

Facebook Upper and Lower Westwood

Freshford Village website

 

Westwood Shop and post office update

The extension should be open in a couple of weeks time. Below are some photos of the extension taken on the 25th january 2014.

panoramic view of the Westwood shop and post office eextension

 

Ray Parsons and the new extension

Some of the original stone wall has been left exposed. The shop is open 8am till 8pm seven days a week. The post office will be open all day.

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.

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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

4599.

Electoral Registers.

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

www.direct.gov.uk/en/governmentcitizensandrights<http://www.direct.gov.uk/en

/governmentcitizensandrights>

 

Thieves about in Westwood lock it or lose it!

Our Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) report that there have been two thefts from unlocked cars recently and two mountain bikes stolen. A BMW car was also stolen from Upper Westwood. Apart from the car theft, the other thefts could have been avoided by residents who should always double check that they have locked their cars and secured their bicycles.

Hear or see anything suspicious? Phone the police

It is too late to report suspicious activity tomorrow, report it as soon as you suspect that there is a someone up to no good. Phone 999 and make your suspicions known to the police immediately.  



 

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Website updates


Please note that material is posted to this website within hours if not minutes of it being received



Sustainable Development?

Westwood Neighbourhood Plan

A new page has been added to the website: Westwood Neighbourhood Plan It can be accessed via the list of links on the Community page. Details of the progress that has been made will be posted and relevant documents.

It is vitally important that residents take part by considering whether to apply to join the Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group [NPSG] which has been recently formed.

Facebook Update

Upper and Lower Westwood Facebook site

Our village Facebook site is called Upper and Lower Westwood and it replaces the job of a village green. Here we can share village news, traffic problems e.g. closure of Brassknocker Hill, bulletins from Wiltshire Police e.g. the bank related telephone scamming which affected a local family, post items for sale and wanted, baby sitting, cleaning and gardening services offered and wanted, and any other news we think is appropriate.

We now have nearly 90 members but in a village this size there are many who haven't joined. Please sign up and like the page if you are able so that you receive all the latest news. We would be delighted to hear from the WI, Social Club and other clubs in the village so that everyone knows what is going on.

Update

Westwood Update April/May 2014

The news from the current version of Westwood Update 108 has been added to the website.

News updates

Westwood Update

The website publishes parish council documents and also news largley from the Westwood Update. Unlike the Westwood Update, material that is added to the website is largely cumulative, this means that older news has to be either deleted or archived. At present it has not been necessary to archive material. As far as possible most of the news is easy to find. The exception being news that has been placed on pages that are only accessible from the links on the Community page.  In addition to text based news the website can accommodate photographs and video movie material.

Please note that material is added in chronological order and only a certain number of articles may be present on the visible page.  The website news is now over 22 MB in size, that excludes photographs, audio and video files. [April 2014]

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Notices


Ragwort.

Ragwort is one of five injurious weeds covered by the Weeds Act of 1959. The Ragwort Control Act amended this and was adopted by the government on 20th November 2003 and came into action three months later on 20th February 2004. The new Act, which was sponsored by the British Horse Society makes new provisions for the safety and welfare of horses and other animals. The Act enabled the Secretary of State to form a Code of Practice to prevent the spread of Ragwort. This Code of Practice was launched at the Royal Show in July 2004. If you are a landowner, please follow the Code of Practice.

Overgrown Vegetation!

A number of public footways in Westwood have become obstructed because of overgrown shrubs and hedges. Please could those householders cut back this growth so that the full width of the footway is available for pedestrians to use.

Horse riding in Westwood Park

This is a reminder to horse riders that riding through Westwood Park is prohibited, and there are notices at both entrances to this effect.

Bridleway at Staples Hill (Path WW0020)

This bridleway is well used by horseriders and walkers and, from time to time, this Right of Way is obstructed by parked cars where it emerges on to Staples Hill from the Westwood direction. Please take care when parking NOT to obstruct this path.

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.

Live traffic and travel news