Westwood Minutes update May 2013
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.
April 2013 are the latest available. The minutes for May will be approved at the June meeting
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.
How to use the RSS feed
I have been asked how does one use the RSS feed service. You'll need an RSS Aggregator program.I use Sharpreader, its free to download from: Sharpreader there are others. I have produced a video screencast to show how to "subscribe" to the Westwood Parish Council website. One of the benefits of having an RSS feed for Internet users is that it is no longer necessary to have to visit a website to get updated information. You can download the video screencast screencast the file is an executable program that has a player incorporated and has been checked for safety. If you have any problems you can contact me via the website's Contact page. Geoff Edwards
Update: please note that users who have subscribed some time ago should note that there are now over 50 categories of news and they should drag the RSS icon button into their RSS Feed program to ensure that they obtain the complete range of updated news. 17th April 2012
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 County website: Community pages.
Important information from the Neighbourhood Watch network
Information has been received from the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network
concerning a website purporting to be neighbourhood watch.
The website is called www.nhwo.co.uk and was launched on 14 December 2011.
The website is not supported by nor has links to the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network. The marketing of the site is pitched to NHW members to register their scheme and obtain membership resources. They are marketing a 'co-ordinators pack' at £39.99 which includes 2 street signs, stickers and a high visibility vest with Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator on the back. There is no mention of good practice; partnership working with the local police service or insurances.
Concern has been expressed over the lack of co-ordination of the schemes; the possible miss-use of the high visibility vest and the gathering of personal details including banking details from those who have signed up to the site and purchased materials.
Discussions have already been held with ACPO, the Home Office the Scottish NHW Association.
Can I ask that you emphasise the benefits of the www.ourwatch.org.uk. website; any-one wishing to join a NHW scheme should register their interest with www.ourwatch.org.uk and the local police; people should not divulge
their personal and banking details to anyone.
NHW Liaison/Crime Prevention/Architectural Liaison Officer
Salisbury Police Station
Wilton Road Salisbury, Wilts SP2 7HR
DD 01722 435318
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Wednesday April 03, 2013
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Facebook: Upper & Lower Westwood
There is a link to the newly formed Facebook group located on the Community web page. The group provides an informal means to both communicate with the parish council and discuss what's going on and what could go on.
Wiltshire Police Website
Neigbourhood Policing Team
Everyone is being encouraged to register on the new Wiltshire Police website for more information about local policing in one easy-to-access format - with a chance to win an Intel laptop by signing up.
for further information go to the Community page
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.