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Welcome to Westbury Town Council

Working for a better Westbury

Westbury is in Wiltshire, one of the south-western counties of England, and is bounded by Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset. The town of Westbury is a small town that lies not far from its famous White Horse hill-carving at the western extremity of Salisbury Plain.

Due to the current coronavirus situation the town council is constantly reviewing its approach to forthcoming meetings.
Please check our Events Calendar for council meetings that are taking place and take a look at our dedicated  Coronavirus Webpage for the latest information.

Land south of Sandhole Lane, Westbury Leigh.
Gleeson Strategic Land are seeking your views on the proposal for development of around 70 new homes in Westbury Leigh. The virtual public consultation for the scheme is now live and will run from Monday 28th September – Monday 19th October 2020. For more details and feedback forms, visit the following website www.sandholelanewestbury.co.uk

Dear Resident, David Wilson Homes have today, Friday 2nd October 2020, confirmed that their appointed contractor has completed a full clearance of the site at Vivash Park, which was recently occupied by travellers. The site is now open and safe to use. Kind regards, Cllr Mike Sutton, Chairman of the Council. 02.10.2020 / 17.10pm 

Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd  letter and  press release
Wiltshire Council  press release
Northacre Renewable Energy – Planning Application Number: 20/06775/WCM comments will close on Tuesday 22nd September 2020

For those members of the public wishing to comment on this application, please read this information notice from Westbury Town Council

You can read the letter from Dr Andrew Murrison, in response to Northacre Renewable Energies plans for the site in Westbury
 here

Westbury Neighbourhood Plan – would you like to join the Design, Development and Housing Group?
 The full details can be found on the poster

Planning Application – Bitham Park 17/01643/REM and 14/09262/OUT – A Change in Construction Hours – 
 the full information notice can be found here

Cycling and Pathways – we would like to hear your thoughts and ideas to help make our roads better for pedestrians and cyclists
Wiltshire Council have confirmed that some of our issues have already been raised and the rest have been added to a list of sites for assessment. The Department of Transport have been very clear that projects should be deliverable in the short term and should not involve acquisition of land.
 More information and ideas from the public, staff and councillors

Westbury Town Council – Annual Town Meeting
Annual Town Report Minutes 27.04.2020 – read the reports here

Westbury Town Council – Climate Emergency Statement Click Here
2019 was the warmest on record – read the report from the Met Office Click Here

Latest News

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Westbury Town Council
Westbury Town Council4 hours ago
COVID-19 UPDATE – Friday 23rd October 2020

From, Cllr Philip Whitehead, Wiltshire Council

The council will be publishing Covid-19 case statistics for Wiltshire every week through its channels. The statistics as at 22nd October can be seen below.

Schools update

Precautionary COVID-19 measures taken at schools in Wiltshire
Following advice from public health professionals, 25 education settings, including independent and boarding schools in Wiltshire are currently taking precautionary COVID-19 measures due to positive cases being confirmed in their settings. This information is correct as at 9.00am on 23 October.

Whilst the number of positive cases are very low in each setting, a total of 1,610 pupils are currently being asked to self-isolate to ensure any risk of transmission is kept as low as possible. The self-isolation of the pupils is very precautionary to minimise any risk to others and to reduce onward transmission of the virus.

All schools are working closely with the Public Health team at Wiltshire Council to ensure all the necessary measures are in place.

Business update

The Chancellor has announced the following increased support for businesses:

Job Support Scheme

The original scheme, starting on 1 November 2020, saw employers paying a third of their employees’ wages for hours not worked and required employees to be working 33% of their normal hours.

The announcement means the employer contribution to those unworked hours has been reduced to 5% and the minimum hours requirements reduced to 20%, so those working just one day a week will be eligible.

Employers will continue to receive the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus for each employee retained until February 2021.

The Job Support Scheme Closed which supports those businesses legally required to close remains unchanged.

More information can be found in the Job Support Scheme Open Factsheet
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/928761/JSS_Open_factsheet.pdf

Self-employed Grant

The amounts of profit covered by the two forthcoming self-employed grants has been increased from 20% to 40%, meaning the maximum grant will increase from £1,875 to £3,750. The first grant will cover a three-month period from the start of November 2020 until the end of January 2021. The second grant will cover a three-month period from the start of February until the end of April 2021.

Business Grants

Cash grants of up to £2,100 per month will be available, primarily for businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sector that may be adversely impacted by the restrictions in high-alert areas. Businesses in Very High alert level areas may qualify for up to £3,000 per month.

More information can be found in the Business Grants Factsheet: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/928760/BUSINESS_GRANTS_FACTSHEET.pdf

Read the Chancellor’s announcement in full: #sw" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plan-for-jobs-chancellor-increases-financial-support-for-businesses-and-workers?utm_source=923e5ab2-e10c-490d-ac93-4287f524ee0e&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate#sw

COVID-19 Wiltshire Business and Employee Tool Kit

The council has produced a COVID-19 Business and Employee Tool Kit to help provide useful advice and guidance to support. Within it you’ll find a range of resources including symptoms step-by-step guides, advice on car sharing, guidance on staying safe outside of work, and a lot more.

A copy of the tool kit is available to download here: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/media/4906/COVID-19-Public-health-advice-and-guidance-for-businesses/pdf/COVID-19___public_health_advice_and_guidance_for_your_business_and_employees.pdf?m=637387175459930000

Revaluation 2023

The Valuation Office Agency is contacting businesses to request rental information to support the next revaluation of business rates in England and Wales – Revaluation 2023. Once businesses receive a letter they can go online to submit up-to-date details. It is important to provide this information to ensure business rates are accurate.

Leaving the EU

The government is urging businesses to step up preparations for leaving the EU on Australian-style terms based on simple principles of global free trade from 1 January 2021.

Businesses need to take the following actions:
•If you sell goods to the EU you must prepare for new customs procedures. Visit GOV.UK to check duties and customs procedures for exporting your goods worldwide from 1 January 2021
•If you travel to the EU for work purposes you will need to check if you need a visa or work permit and apply if necessary
•If you employ overseas nationals, you will need to prepare your business for the implementation of the new immigration system. From 1 January 2021, if you want to hire anyone from outside the UK, including the EU, you must be a Home Office licenced sponsor
•If your business receives personal data from contacts in the EEA, you may need to take extra steps to ensure that the data can continue to flow legally at the end of the transition period
•If you provide services in the EU, you must ensure that your qualifications are now recognised by EU regulations to be able to practice or service clients in the EU

You can get a personalised summary of the actions you need to take by using a simple tool on gov.uk/transition (https://www.gov.uk/transition).

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/time-is-running-out-for-businesses-to-prepare.

Self-isolation £500 payment for people on low income who cannot work from home

A £500 payment is available for people who have to self-isolate, on a low income and will lose money because they cannot work from home.

If they are self-isolating because they’ve come home from another country this does not mean they are eligible, they must have a unique Test and Trace number provided by the NHS to qualify.

To be eligible a person must:
•have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after Monday, 28 September 2020 and have a unique Test and Trace number provided by the NHS
•are employed or self-employed
•have lost income by being unable to work from home while self-isolating

They must also be receiving at least one of the following benefits:
•Universal Credit
•Pension Credit
•Housing Benefit
•Income Support
•Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
•Income-based Employment Support Allowance
•Working Tax Credit

The council is in the process of finalising a system to allow people to claim for this payment as quickly and easily as possible, and this will be live next week. People who are eligible for this payment will be able to make a backdated claim to 28 September 2020.

More information on how to apply locally will be available on the council’s council tax and benefits pages next week. In the meantime, more information can also be found on the government website.
Westbury Town Council
Westbury Town Council6 hours ago
Celebrate Halloween Safely 🎃👻🦇

Plan low risk fun activities within your own household to help stop the spread of Covid-19 . Follow the link below for ideas and more information:
Westbury Town Council
Westbury Town Council9 hours ago
Our Wiltshire are providing FREE SCHOOL MEALS - for vulnerable children in Wiltshire during October half-term.

For more information and how to claim, follow the link - http://orlo.uk/GWg5A
Westbury Town Council
Westbury Town Council3 days ago
🎄Christmas Competitions 2020🎄

Take a look at our website to find out about the competitions you can take part it and “buttongate”…

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Westbury Town Council
Westbury Town Council3 days ago
It would be great to see you at our next litter pick on Saturday 31st October 2020

Areas around Oldfield Park

Meet us at 10am at the One Stop Shop
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Westbury Town Council
Westbury Town Council4 days ago
🎄 Westbury Virtual Christmas Celebrations 2020 🎄

Saturday 28th November, 6pm

We hope you can join us!

Twitter

13 hours ago
🎄Christmas Competitions 2020🎄

Take a look at our website to find out about the competitions you can take part it and “buttongate”…

https://t.co/CmKDS5pUMJ
4 days ago
Wiltshire’s Covid alert level is Medium and therefore no local changes to the current restrictions in place.

We must continue to protect each other:
🔸Wash your hands regularly
🔸Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
🔸Make space – stay at least 2 metres apart https://t.co/Xkq7eiL88B
5 days ago
Have you heard about the Westbury Whitehorse Soapbox Derby?

Like the Facebook page to find out more about the event being held in May 2021! 😁

https://t.co/y1TraZGFzT
6 days ago
From @wiltshirepolice

ROAD CLOSURE

A303 is closed in both directions at West Knoyle following an RTC. Closures are in place at the junction with the A350 to the east and Willoughby Hedge to the right.

Take care, plan extra time for your journey.
1 week ago
Mens meeting tonight @Lavertonproject

Starts at 7pm, please remember your wear your face mask

#HandsFaceSpace https://t.co/yIoErQHlAK

Upcoming Events

Please see all our upcoming events here

Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come lend a hand and help make Westbury a cleaner, safer and tidier place for all to enjoy. We’ll bring – rubbish bags, litter pickers, hi-vis waistcoats You bring – gloves if you would like to wear them, any equipment you have and people power Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Areas around Oldfield Park – meet at the One Stop Shop at 10am. *In accordance with Government guidelines social distancing measures will be in place*
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Men’s Group restarted on Monday 15th June 2020, 7pm The group are meeting online and in person when possible, while ensuring social distancing. What doesn’t change is the day, Monday and the time, 7pm. For more information visit their Facebook Group @WestburyMen’sGroup ——— Westbury Town Council launched its first Men’s Group, highlighting the fact that mental wellbeing is a yearlong focus. The group will run every Monday at 7pm, usual in the Laverton’s Abraham room. Wiltshire’s higher than national average suicide rate is one motivation for the group, not least because 75% of all suicides are male. It’s also true[...]
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
All council meetings are open to the public and press. Members of the public are invited to address the Council at this meeting at 7pm. You are asked to register at least 24 hours before the start of the meeting by emailing info@westburytowncouncil.gov.uk We will also accept written questions by email up to 3pm on the day of the meeting. Any members of the press and public can follow this meeting by using this link: the link will be made available in advance of the meeting PUBLIC FORUM: commencing 7pm (not to exceed 30 minutes). Members of the public are welcome[...]

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