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Wilbarston Parish Council

Serving the people of Wilbarston

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Clerk: Mrs Becky Jones
1 Castle Road, Wellingborough
Northamptonshire NN8 1LL

Tel: 01933 273028

Wilbarston Parish Council provides your local services. We strive to make Wilbarston a better place to live, work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Wilbarston is a pleasant village which enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding Welland Valley countryside. It contains a mix of development styles and phases but retains a distinct historical core of traditional buildings which characterise the majority of the village. The village's facilities include a school, shop / Post Office, village hall, open space and pub. Streets are generally closely lined with continuous built form (buildings or boundary walls) giving a strong sense of enclosure. Most buildings are parallel to the street, but some are gable end on. Frontages are densely packed, with long ranges and gardens behind. Typically the built form tightly encloses the street on one side, and is set back on the other in a staggered arrangement. The agricultural heritage is clear and rural mews and historic farmsteads form distinct character traits, with buildings frequently clustered together or set in linear ranges running parallel or at 90 degrees to the street, forming small linear yards.

Common to all historic areas is a limited palette of materials – ironstone and limestone, often in coursed bands with limited areas of render. Brick buildings are less common but are in soft reds. Roofs are generally of slate or stone slate, and thatch. Views in Wilbarston combine an interplay between open expansive views of the landscape, particularly to the north and west, and tight controlled views along historic streets, for example Barlows Lane.

Historic development is generally better related to the streetscene with buildings fronting onto and defining the streets. More recent developments tend to be set back and arranged in inward looking cul-de-sacs and are less reflective of the local vernacular.

Wilbarston has a Parish Plan which has been adopted by the Council as informal policy. The Parish Plan has been used to inform the preparation of this document.

Latest News

Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:05 by Becky Jones

Is a free message alert system, to help people living and working in Northamptonshire be much better informed about crime and police activity in your local area, helping the police to keep their communities safe and protect you from harm.

The messaging service is run by Northamptonshire Police and was formerly known as Community Connect. It has been re-launched under the name Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert and now has greater functionality than previously, allowing the frontline police officers to send alert messages direct from their mobile devices to thousands of local people. They will be able to do this in real-time while they are out and about policing the county. More »

The alert service is free and simple to activate by registering at www.northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk and is available to anyone living or working in Northamptonshire. There is also a video on the website that explains how the system works.

After signing up to the messaging system, you will receive regular alerts from Northamptonshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other partner organisations, keeping you up to date and informed about crime, and issues relevant to you and the area where you live or work.

Alerts are received either by email, text message or voice message – whichever suits. You will also be given the option of what you want to receive alerts about, and how often – you will only receive messages about topics you have selected.

Many of the Neighbourhood officers and Response teams have been trained to use the alert system and are now regularly sending out messages to the public, including; crime alerts, missing person alerts, witness appeals and crime prevention advice.

This alert tool provide the police with a really effective way to reach the communities they serve, improving the flow of information and therefore making a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and the reduction of anti-social behaviour.

There are already 10,000 local people registered with Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert. The more people they have registered, the wider and more effective the alerts the police put out will be.

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Devolution for Northamptonshire

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:50 by Becky Jones

There have been recent discussions about re-organising the local government structure in this county. Our county MPs share the view that the County may be best served by a two hub unitary model – one hub in the north of the county and the other in the west.

The current format of seven district councils [aka boroughs], together with the county council, has been in place since 1974. Each of the seven districts and the county council has its own premises, operational and support staff, managers and chief executives. Some of the services delivered are unique to each authority, but there are some service areas which overlap. More »

The over-riding logic behind unitary authorities is saving money by reducing duplication in staffing, premises and service deliveries. Bring on unitary status for our county then - actually it is not a simple transfer model.

If a unitary model is adopted in this county, there would need to be a very careful skills audit of all of the current local authority staff, to ensure that essential services were able to be maintained, without interruption, in the [new] consolidated authority. Once established all parishes and residents, living in the north of the county, would communicate with their [northern] unitary hub.

Massive savings are possible and opportunities may filter down for parishes to run some basic maintenance services, like grass cutting and street cleaning. Will this happen soon – unlikely in the next four years, but it is on the agenda. » Less

Police Crime Report November 2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:28 by Becky Jones

We are pleased to report that during the month of November 2017 there were no crimes deemed to affect the community in your parish.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to take part in the Local Identified priorities survey that Northamptonshire Police take part in in conjunction with other partners, this is a short survey and will only take a maximum of 10 minutes. The more responses the more directed and targeted their service can be. More »