Westwood Update News
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.
Jun 2014 are the latest available
The minutes for July will be approved at the September meeting as there is no meeting in August.
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 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.
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.
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
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] :
If you want this to be YOUR Neighbourhood Plan, YOU need to get involved.
Wiltshire government planning and development
Facebook Upper and Lower Westwood
Freshford Village website
Westwood Shop and post office update
Photo of the extension
The shop is open 8am till 8pm seven days a week. The post office is 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.
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
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minutes of it being received
Westwood Update May/June 2014
The news from the current version of Westwood Update No 110 has been added to the website. News items are published in the appropriate categories
BOA NPT Facebook
Bradford on Avon Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT)
Our NPT has its own Facebook account now. Please visit and Like :) BOA NPT Facebook
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.
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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.
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.