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. A quick summary of the Society's current local priorities and information can be seen in our latest News Sheet.
STOP PRESS: Council Proposes 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A Report to be presented to Cabinet on 3 March will recommend that seven libraries are no longer maintained as City Council Libraries and they should either be closed or handed over to the community.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.
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)