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 2014/15 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 and the 2014/15 Annual Report can be seen here.Council Proposals to Shut Westbury Library
A Report presented to Cabinet on 3 March recommended that seven libraries should no longer be maintained as City Council Libraries and that 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. There are currently two petitions seeking support for keeping the library open - one promoted by the Conservatives and one by the Liberals.
UPDATE: A Community Meeting was held on Thursday 26 March at Westbury Methodist Church and, on a show of hands, it was agreed to form an Action Group to oppose the closures.
An active Campaign Group was subsequently set up by Cllr Geoff Gollop following the 26 March Public Meeting. The Group’s first Newsletter – Save Westbury Library Campaign - was published on 19 April and circulated by email to all those who had registered an interest in being kept abreast of developments.
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)