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Meetings 2021

The Draft minutes of the January meeting of Westwood Parish Council has been published. The minutes of the December meeting  have been approved.
Speed Watch Report Aug 2020

Speed Watch update

The Speed Watch report for August 2020 has been published on the Community page link left hand column. Quote: "Westwood consistently appears as one of the worst locations for speeding within the County."
Church Open

Church Opening Times

Please refer to the Community webpage for details of the church opening times.

Financial Information

Westwood Parish Council's Accounts are published on the Parish Council page as a downloadable PDF file

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.

Parish Council Meetings (and Annual Parish Meeting).

The COVID-19 Pandemic has prompted the cancellation of all previously planned Parish Council and Annual Meetings. This is regrettable but necessary. It is unlikely that regular 'traditional' Parish Council meetings will recommence until July at the earliest.

Action is being taken with a view to holding 'Virtual or Remote' Parish Council Meetings using existing technology (Zoom) to enable councillors to attend (although remotely in their own homes/place of isolation) and for such meetings to be open to the public (a necessary requirement). Recent Government legislation has promoted and permitted such meetings.

As Clerk, I am required to give councillors and the public no less than three clear days notice of Parish Council meetings and such notice will include the Agenda. This requirement remains unchanged under the new legislation. Notwithstanding this, I intend that such meetings will be advertised well before the minimum of three days. I am intending that such notice will be published on the Westwood Website with an invitation that if a member of the public wishes to 'attend' that meeting he/she contacts me via email (details will be provided) and I will provide details of how to join that virtual/remote meeting. Councillors will be contacted directly by me.

No date has yet been set for the (first) virtual/remote Parish Council meeting and the practicalities of holding such meetings is being investigated..

Roger Coleman

Clerk to Westwood Parish Council

 Westwood website:

Westwood Parish Council Meeting.

A meeting of Westwood PC (a virtual/remote meeting via Zoom

technology) will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 4 January 2021 using Zoom technology.
This will be a virtual/remote meeting and you are invited to participate/'attend'.

I have attached an Agenda for your information.

The meeting is open to the public. If you wish to view or 'attend' the
meeting and/or address the PC on any matter during the Public Participation
item - immediately prior to the formal meeting - please contact me (email: ) and I will provide
you with the Zoom 'log-in' details. Your details will only be retained by me
for the purpose of contacting you. They will not be passed to anyone else and
will be deleted once I have contacted you.

Roger Coleman, Clerk to Westwood Parish Council

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