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Welcome to Westbury Town Council

Working for a better Westbury

A former Victorian mill town, Westbury in Wiltshire has a more interesting and significant history than you might imagine. Situated on the western edge of Wiltshire, its most famous landmark is the impressive Westbury White Horse carved into the chalk which is visible for miles around.

Many of the town’s oldest buildings can be seen in the conservation area around the Market Place – a charming old square which leads through to the churchyard with the 14th century Grade 1 listed All Saints Church and then on to Church Street to find one of the oldest operational swimming baths in the country.

Westbury is exceptionally well-positioned for all UK major road and railway connections with the mainline railway station offering links to London, Wales and the whole of the South West of England.

The variety of surrounding countryside makes Westbury a delight for both the walker and cyclist and with places to shop, eat and visit, Westbury has a certain charm that makes it attractive to residents and visitors alike.

Westbury is bounded by Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset.

Because of coronavirus, town council meetings are currently virtual.
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.

Updated 4th May 2021 – Universal Credit Guide
jobcentrenearme.com/universal-credit

Updated 4th May 2021 – Pop-Can will be holding another free of charge School Uniform Event on Wednesday 2nd June 2021.
You can find out more and what day donations can be made here.

Updated 11th March 2021 – Neighbourhood Plan – Local Heritage Assets Survey
What buildings or features do YOU think are an important part of Westbury’s local heritage?
Find out more and make your nomination here.

Updated 26th February 2021 – Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd – Environmental Permit Application
Environmental Agency – Briefing Notes: Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd: Briefing 6/ Briefing 7/ Briefing 8/Briefing 9/Briefing 10
Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd letter can be read here / Information about how to view paper copies of the application and how to book at time slot can be read here
Update from the Environment Agency – the consultation has been extended until 21st February 2021. A statement from Westbury Town Council can be read here

Updated 18th February 2021 – Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd – Environmental Permit Application

Westbury Town Council – response to planning application 20/06775/WCM (21.09.2020) can be read here
Westbury Town Council – response to Environment Agency permit application (17.02.2021) can be read here

Updated 29th January 2021 –  Covid-19 Vaccination Site – Shaunaks Pharmacy – find out more and how to book here

Updated 29th January 2021 – Westbury Town Council receives funding from Wessex Water – find out more about the grant awarded.

Updated 2nd November 2020 – Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd
Westbury Town Council was contacted by Wiltshire Council on Monday 2nd November 2020, to confirm that all representations relating to planning application 20/06775/WCM – Amended energy from waste facility at the Northacre Energy Waste Facility have now been uploaded to the planning portal.
You can view the plans, documents and comments here.

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

Winter Advice
Helpful information and tips when  clearing snow.
Being prepared for power cuts.

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 – 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 Council22 hours ago
This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week 10th-16th May. Mental health issues can affect people of all ages, so it is vital that we continue to raise awareness of such an important issue.

Here are some top tips for dealing with stress and anxiety, and improving your mood and sleep.

Visit https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/ for more information to help and support you.

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Westbury Town Council
Westbury Town Council23 hours ago
Update from Great Western Railway – Friday 14th May 2021

Intercity Express Train timetables

Updated timetable plan - https://gwr-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/new-robust-timetable-for-gwr-long-distance-train-services

From Monday we will be able to deliver the majority of our summer timetable (around 90% of our pre-Covid level timetable). There are some changes to a small number of early and late services, and we will be operating turbo services from Bedwyn to Newbury, connecting with Class 387 services at Newbury, but generally services should operate as planned for the summer, including our planned additional weekend services to support extra leisure travel.

We may also need to operate some trains with five cars instead of ten, and as spare sets will be limited there could be some short notice changes, but we feel confident that the plan we have put together will work. It will be updated into industry information systems overnight so customers will be able to check journeys for next week from Saturday morning.

Our advice remains to check before travel, but we are no longer advising not to travel on any routes.
Westbury Town Council
Westbury Town Council1 day ago
Community Grants 2021-22

Applications must be returned no later than Friday 25th June 2021.

More information and application forms can be found on our website:
https://www.westburytowncouncil.gov.uk/dept/grants/
Westbury Town Council
Westbury Town Council2 days ago
The Rail Delivery Group and Hitachi Rail - statement for immediate release – Thursday 13 May 2021 -

Hitachi Rail and rail industry agree service recovery plan to get trains back:

Hitachi Rail, train operators, and government have agreed, with oversight from the Office of Rail and Road, a service recovery plan to safely reintroduce more 800 Series and 385 Series trains to the network.

The fleet of 800 series trains was removed from service as a precaution at the weekend when cracks were found on some trains.

Following extensive safety checks on their trains, Transpennine Express, Hull Trains and ScotRail have been able to operate services across all of their routes since last weekend.

After further rigorous safety checks involving ORR’s HM Railway Inspectorate, GWR and LNER will now begin reintroducing trains with a more regular service for passengers. Trains on some routes may be less frequent than usual and train availability could vary, for a number of reasons, so passengers should continue to check with the operators before they travel.

Passengers are being advised to check the latest travel advice from their train operator. Eligible passengers are also being encouraged to claim refunds.

Service Recovery Plan

The service recovery plan follows joint work between Hitachi Rail, train operators and the regulator around the safe return to service of some trains. Since discovering the faults, Hitachi Rail engineers and independent experts have completed rigorous tests and research to gain a clearer understanding of the cracking issue.

Based on the work undertaken to understand the issue, and after extensive engagement, Hitachi Rail and train operators, working with the rail regulator, have put in place suitable criteria for the trains to meet before they can re-enter service.

The service recovery plan includes thorough inspections by specialist teams before trains leave the depot. Trains will only re-enter service if they meet agreed safety criteria. Working with Hitachi Rail, the rail regulator will continue to carry out rigorous oversight to ensure robust processes are being followed.

Over time, trains will be subject to a Forward Repair Plan, which will ensure the long-term continued safe running of the fleet.

Andrew Barr, Group CEO of Hitachi Rail, said:

“Today’s agreement sets out our joint plan for the phased reintroduction of our trains into service, which will continue to deliver the highest possible safety standards. Safety remains our number one priority, and we and our partners have worked round the clock to agree an approach that allows the return of trains to service where they have been deemed safe.

“With our service recovery plan now underway, the operators will begin reintroduction of trains as they are individually approved and deemed safe. We would like to thank our partners for their ongoing support as we work collectively to reintroduce more trains into service.”

Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions at the Rail Delivery Group, said:

“The safety of passengers has been the absolute focus for each of the organisations involved in making decisions about these trains over recent days. After some incredibly hard and detailed work, Hitachi’s engineers have worked with train operators and the rail regulator to safely bring some trains back into service. Over the coming days we will be able to get passengers on the affected routes moving again, but for now passengers should continue to check before they travel.”

HM Chief Inspector of Railways at the Office of Rail and Road, Ian Prosser CBE said:

“We’ve engaged with Hitachi and the train companies to oversee their development of a safe and suitable plan.

“We’re also continuing to provide the rigorous oversight needed to make sure the right checks are being carried out so that the trains are able to re-enter passenger service safely.”

Mark Hopwood, GWR Managing Director, said:

“Our customers have shown great patience over the past couple of days, and I am grateful for their understanding as we have worked with Hitachi to allow trains to return safely. This news will allow us to run some additional services today and reintroduce more consistent robust timetables for customers after the weekend.

“The industry has come together to help support those travelling – with other operators allowing each other’s tickets to be used on their networks; adding in extra shuttle services to help move people; and in sharing rolling stock to provide it to those who need it most.”

David Horne, LNER Managing Director, said:

“I am pleased we have been able to work as an industry to agree a service recovery plan with Hitachi and industry partners that will allow trains to return safely to our route. We are continuing to work together to begin the return of Azuma trains into service from next week. Customers should continue to check before they travel with LNER and I apologise for the disruption caused.”

ENDS
Westbury Town Council
Westbury Town Council2 days ago
Update from Westbury Group Practice
Westbury Town Council
Westbury Town Council3 days ago
Information from Our Wiltshire - households that pay to receive garden waste collections will soon receive an email or letter inviting them to renew their subscription by 30 June 2021:

Twitter

1 day ago
A gentle reminder that every Monday the @Lavertonproject has a Men's meeting every week

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek https://t.co/PWPoBiplXh
Westbury Town Council @WestburyWTC
Mental Health Awareness Week
From the 10th of May to Sunday 16th May 2021

Meetings held every Monday 7pm to 9pm @Lavertonproject

To sign up: events @westburytowncouncil.gov.uk

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2021 https://t.co/4pwxyssroJ
2 days ago
Mental Health Awareness Week
From the 10th of May to Sunday 16th May 2021

Meetings held every Monday 7pm to 9pm @Lavertonproject

To sign up: events @westburytowncouncil.gov.uk

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2021 https://t.co/4pwxyssroJ
3 days ago
Here are the weekly Covid-19 figures for Wiltshire, as of 10th May 2021: https://t.co/kmNgTfTvyv
1 week ago
Penleigh and Oldfield Park Community, Westbury - POP-CAN will be holding another free of charge School Uniform Event:
On: Wednesday 2nd June 2021
From: 10am – 12 noon
At: Westbury Community Project (WCP), Eden Vale Road
1 week ago
We’ll have a number of measures in place to keep you safe when you have your say tomorrow.

🖊️ Bring your own pen or pencil to vote
😷 Wear a mask inside the polling station
➡️ One way system
🤝 Hand sanitiser on site
👨🏻 👱🏼‍♀️ Social distancing https://t.co/rYYhoWVRof

Upcoming Events

We have a new calendar coming soon!
Find out more here

May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Agenda – Annual Town Council – Monday 17th May 2021, 7pm 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. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we are limited to a maximum of five members of the public who can physically attend the meeting. This will be on a first come, first served basis. Please note, the doors to the building will close at 18.55pm. The public and press are encouraged to join the meeting using remote access. Those wishing to speak using the remote meeting[...]
May 17 @ 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[...]
May 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Agenda – Neighbourhood Plan – Thursday 20th May 2021, 10.30am All council meetings are open to the public and press. Members of the public are invited to address the Council at this meeting at 10.30am. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we are limited to a maximum of five members of the public who can physically attend the meeting. This will be on a first come, first served basis. Please note, the doors to the building will close at 10.25am. The public and press are encouraged to join the meeting using remote access. Those wishing to speak using the remote meeting option[...]

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