an independent voice for Westbury
The Westbury-on-Trym Society is a voluntary organization, set up in 1972, originally to look after the amenities, landscape and historic settings of this 1200 year old village. We are a registered charity - No. 265486 (Constitution and 2013/14 Accounts). The Society now embraces a wide range of activies which are summarised below. The Society's next AGM will be held on Monday 27 April 2015 and full details are included with the AGM Notice.STOP PRESS: Council Proposals to Shut Westbury Library
A Report to be presented to Cabinet on 3 March will recommend that seven libraries are no longer maintained as City Council Libraries and they should either be closed or handed over to the community. Both Westbury and Sea Mills libraries are included in the hit list, as well as Clifton and Redland. Full details can be found via this link.
UPDATE: A Community Meeting is to be held on Thursday 26 March at Westbury Methodist Church, starting at 7.00pm. There are also currently two petitions seeking support for keeping the library open - one promoted by the Conservatives and one by the Liberals.
We maintain a critical eye on development plans, specific Planning Applications and proposed changes of use (e.g. retail to services) and respond to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) if we feel that the proposals have an impact on the community. We are recognised by the LPA as a local planning group such that we are involved in pre-application discussions with potential developers. Current Planning matters.
Caring for Westbury's historic environment and amenities. This is partly achieved through our Planning activities but we also actively manage parts of the environment such as the Packhorse Garden, through the kind help of volunteers with weeding, clearing etc. We also act where we believe that some form of interest group is needed such as Friends of Canford Park (Canford Park Management Plan)