Somerset Council notices

Somerset Council is promoting the following three items via Parish Councils:

a) Cardboard waste:

b) Willow Man:

c) Severe Weather Emergency Provision (SWEP) in some areas of Somerset





Presentations from Neighbourhood Plan Village Meetings

The information presented at the village meetings on 8th and 9th November are now available on the village website for those unable to attend or those who wish to refresh their memory. They can be accessed here


Neighbourhood Plan – New papers added to website

Two new papers are now available on the village website.

A Settlement Character Assessment that seeks to describe what makes the built environment of Westbury special & guidelines for producing developmenty that is ‘in keeping’

A report by Cotswold Archaeology on the heritage value of the traditional barns at Court House Farm and its implications for development.

They can be found here

Both are very large files and may take a little while to load.

‘Wellness Day’ – Weds 15th November

The organisers have asked for this ‘Wellness Day’ information to be published on the Westbury sub Mendip website.



Stockhill Woods tree works

Good afternoon,

I am writing to let you know that we will be starting work Stockhill Wood tomorrow, where we will be removing diseased larch trees. Although these operations may not directly affect parish residents, I wanted to let you know that they may have a visual impact on the landscape.

We are legally required to carry out this work because areas of the forest are suffering from Phytophthora ramorum, a destructive tree disease which is affecting many of the nation’s larch trees. Phytophthora ramorum is harmless to people and animals, but highly infectious and harmful to trees and some other plant species.

I have attached a map to explain where we will be working. In areas highlighted red, there is a high density of infected trees and they will all be removed. Altogether, these areas total around 29 hectares. We are obliged to remove these trees as soon as possible to help manage the spread of Phytophthora ramorum.

Our climate is changing, bringing new threats to our trees, and we need to build resilience within our forests. With this in mind, we are already planning how we will restock these felled areas with a diverse range of tree species that will thrive in the climate conditions we expect in 2050 and beyond.

I would be grateful if you would be able to share this information through your news channels. We understand that communities may be upset at the change in their countryside and we are keen to explain why this felling is essential for the health of the nation’s forests.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Best wishes, Siân Brewer

Community Ranger, Bristol and Savernake, Forestry England




Neighbourhood Plan Meetings

Details of the village meetings about the neighbourhood plan with timings and zoom link are HERE

Neighbourhood Plan Working Group – Public Meetings

Neighbourhood Plan Working Group – Public Meetings


In the coming week there will be two opportunities to hear a presentation on the work of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group, ask questions and make comments. On Thursday 9th November there will be an open meeting at 7.30pm in the village hall.  On Wednesday the 8th the same issues will be covered in an online meeting via Zoom.  The link to join the zoom call is


Please join us to have your say in how the village should develop over the next 10 – 15 years.

Fire Safety: Flood Risk: Storm Ciaran

On Wednesday 1st Nov the Parish Council meeting received advice from the County Council regarding Fire Safety, Flood Risk and Storm Ciaran.

Fire safety advice for people experiencing power cuts (

Flood Warden Autumn Newsletter 2023 (

Storm Ciaran: Prepare for potential disruption (

The Parish Council requested that this information should be made available via the village website.


Mark Smith, Website Administrator


Neighbourhood Plan – Public Meetings

The Neighbourhood Plan Working Group have organised two opportunities for residents to receive an update on the work of the group and make their views on the future of the village heard. You can participate either by zoom on Wednesday 8th November or in person in the village hall on Thursday 9th. Details are on this NOTICE which will also be available on noticeboards and social media.

Temporary Road Closure: ttro547197E – Westbury Drove, Westbury

Please follow the link to view the above road closure; and the link for the Notice

The order becomes effective on 09th November 2023 and will remain in
force for eighteen months.

The works are expected to commence on 13th November 2023 and last for 6
hours (09:30-15:30) to enable Openreach to carry out pole recovery work.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through
the site is permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Sunbelt
Rentals on 037000 500 792, quoting reference: ttro547197E.

Please note that should you require to view a closure which is more than
two weeks ahead, you will need to register for free with www.One.Network

With regards,
The Road Closure Team
Email: [2]
Traffic Management, Road Safety and Parking Services
Somerset Council
County Hall
Web: [3]
Travel Somerset – for live travel alerts, roadworks information and
winter weather updates on Twitter @TravelSomerset and online 24/7 at [4]

[1] http://www.One.Network