Welcome to the Westbere Parish Council Website
Welcome to Westbere Parish Council’s website, which has been designed to give you details of events and activities within the village, together with the current agenda and minutes of recent Parish Council meetings.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our site and find it informative and useful.
Next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 19 November 2019. Latest Agenda
October 2019 Newsletter
July 2019 Newsletter
May 2019 Newsletter
February 2019 Newsletter
October 2018 Newsletter
This year’s Westbere Annual Electors’ meeting – Tuesday 26 March 2019 – Our Guests were National Grid – Read the Minutes here including reports from the Chairman, city and county cllrs and your local organisations. Westbere Village Hall is separately run and managed but for information their 2019 AGM report is here.
Where is Westbere? The parish of Westbere is located approximately 3½ miles north-east of Canterbury, and runs adjacent to the A28 from the boundary with Sturry. The village of Westbere is situated in the heart of a conservation area and can be reached from the A28 via Westbere Lane, Church Lane or Bushy Hill Road. All roads into Westbere are narrow and winding, making them unsuitable for large vehicles.
The village contains approximately 150 houses, a small village green, a village hall, a pub/restaurant, a beautiful church and two closed churchyards. Details of the heritage trail which runs through the parish are available on the Westbere Village Preservation Society’s heritage trail notice-board outside the church.
Parish boundary changes with effect from 02 May 2019: The boundaries of both parishes and wards are periodically reviewed by the Government and the Local Boundary Commission. The parish boundary shown in this Parish Plan accurately reflects the boundary of Westbere in 2011 at the time of publication.
However, a Governance Review exercise led by Canterbury City Council began in 2016 and following public consultation considered changes which were finalised in 2018 and actioned in 2019 to take effect from the parish council elections of 2 May 2019. The aim of these new changes was to both reflect the changing development of Kent and the increase in housing numbers, and to reflect the identity of the new emerging communities better.
The result was that, with effect from May 2019, the parish of Westbere lost 15 houses along Island Road and the industrial park to a new parish council created for Hersden, which also comes into existence from 2 May 2019.
And two outline permissions for development of the Hoplands Farm and The Old Colliery site, for circa 250 and 370 homes respectively, previously in the Westbere parish boundary, also move to the new Hersden parish.
The new parish boundaries are identified on the following maps: Map of Westbere post May 2019 and Map of new Hersden parish post May 2019
PARISH PLAN – Westbere’s Parish Plan, A Vision for Westbere was launched at the Electors’ Meeting on 5th April 2011. A copy of the Plan was issued to every household in the Parish in 2011 and further copies are available (for purchase). Westbere Parish Council is proud of such a comprehensive report, the recommendations in which would provide a strong foundation for the work of the Parish Council in the future. For more details of the Parish Plan document and to view its sections click on the site pages heading from the menu on the left hand side of this home page.
See the parish plan maps here Parish Plan Maps
Where are we now – Progress against action points Immediate and Short-term actions identified in the Action Plan (last update February 2014)
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – Minutes of Meetings are available on this website via the Minutes link.
MODEL PUBLICATION SCHEME – Under section 20 of the Freedom of Information Act, it is the duty of every public authority to adopt and maintain a publication scheme, the purpose of which is to facilitate the release of information and provide greater openness and transparency across the public sector. Westbere Parish Council has adopted the Model Publication Scheme issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office, without variation.
Parish Council meetings – Westbere Parish Council meetings are held in Westbere Village hall from 7.30pm. All members of the public are welcome to attend. There is an adjournment early on in the meeting for members of the public to speak to the Councillors.
Parish council meeting dates for 2019: 19 November 2019, No meeting in December 2019. For 2020: 21 January, 18 February, 17 March, Annual Electors Meeting – date tbc, 21 April, 19 May, 16 June, 21 July, no meeting in August, 15 September, 20 October, 17 November, no meeting in December 2020.
Comments, Complaints and Compliments Policy – Tell us what you think!
Standing orders are the written rules of a local council. They are used to confirm a council’s internal organisational, administrative and procurement procedures and procedural matters for meetings. Westbere Parish Council’s Standing Orders and Financial Regulations
Parish Councillors and their responsibilities – For The Register of Parish Councillor’s Declared Interests follow this link: https://www2.canterbury.gov.uk/your-community/working-with-voluntary-and-community-organisations/parishes/register-of-parish-councillors-interests/
Cllr Responsibilities for 2019-2020
- Cllr Tom Hopkins – Chairman, Street light monitoring and Transport
- Cllr Stephen Laws – Vice Chairman, Planning, Fire Hydrants
- Cllr Sylvia Harlow – Planning, parish plan, KMBR reports
- Cllr Kathy Wilson – Neighbourhood Watch, Chair village hall committee
- Cllr Karen Williams – Monitoring of the village salt bins, and village events, and parish council representative on the Village Hall committee
- Cllr Tom Hopkins – Street lights and Transport
- Cllr Maria Morcom – Parish Council representative for Westbere Village Preservation Society (WVPS) and attend WVPS meetings; and attend the CCC Street Monitors meetings
- Cllr Joshua Croucher – New Councillor from May 2019; to attend the Canterbury City Council’s Rural Forum meetings in The Guildhall and report back
Canterbury City Councillors – Westbere is represented by two city councillors – Cllr Georgina Glover and Cllr Louise Harvey-Quirke were elected to serve for a four year term from May 2019 – contact them at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent County Councillor – Cllr Alan Marsh was re-elected to serve as a county councillor for a further four year term from May 2017 – and his electorate area includes Westbere. Contact Cllr Marsh at email@example.com
Financial information: List of receipts and payments will be uploaded quarterly and/or annually to satisfy transparency regulations.
2019-2020: Quarter 2 All income and expenditure report
Quarter 1 All income and expenditure report.
Accounts and Annual Return For Year ended 31 March 2019: Annual Return Form all sections ; Bank Reconciliation for period 2018-2019; Statement of Variances ; List of all financial transactions 2018-2019; and the Notice of the Period of Electors Rights to Inspect the Accounts – any queries please contact the Clerk.
Accounts and Annual Return For Year ended 31 March 2018: Annual Return Form all sections ; Bank Reconciliation for period 2017-2018; Statement of Variances ; List of all financial transactions 2017-2018; and the Notice of the Period of Electors Rights to Inspect the Accounts – any queries please contact the Clerk.
2016-2017 – Westbere Parish Council list of all financial transactions 2016-2017 / End of year accounts for 2016-2017 according to the format in the Annual Return Annual Governance Statement Section 1 and Section 2 and / Internal Audit Report according to the format in the Annual Return (original signed by the Internal Auditor) here / Bank Reconciliation to year ended 31 March 2017 and Explanation of variances for year ended 31 March 2017 . The documents have now been approved by the External Auditor . Notice of conclusion of Audit to year ended 31 March 2017
2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Westbere Parish Council list of all financial transactions for 2014-2015 and a list for 2015-2016 / End of year accounts for 2015-2016 according to the format in the Annual Return (section 2) click here / Annual Governance Statement according to the format in the Annual Return form Section 1 (original signed by the Clerk and Chairman) click here / Internal Audit Report according to the format in the Annual Return (original signed by the Internal Auditor) click here / Bank reconciliation for the year ended 31 March 2016 and Explanation of variances for year ended 31 March 2016 and Notice of Conclusion of Audit – Accounts for 2015-2016 approved.