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

Allotment Plots Still Available

Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2019 11:20 by Becky Jones

Are you a keen gardener?

If you are we have a few allotment plots still available for renting.

For further information or to rent a plot, please contact clerk@wilbarstonparishcouncil.gov.uk

Highways Closure - A427 Dingley, Brampton Ash, Stoke Albany, Wilbarston, East Carlton and Corby

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2019 09:17 by Becky Jones

Northamptonshire Highways are planning to carry out carriageway works along the A427 between Corby and the County Boundary. To undertake these works safely will require that the road is closed for up to three nights from the 18th March.

A plan showing the extent of the closure and diversion can be viewed here https://roadworks.org?tm=112840452

Local Government Re-Organisation

Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2019 18:23 by Becky Jones

Although deadlines are approaching at the moment we do not know a lot more than we did last time about the specifics of the proposed local government re-organisation in the county as they will affect parish councils, although the government appointed commissioners currently overseeing finance and governance at the county council are making themselves available at drop in sessions for members of the public including one at Kettering Council Offices on March 7th between 10.00am and 12.30pm - check the borough council website for latest information about how to be involved. More »

It does still seem likely that, particularly in Kettering due to the current split of responsibilities, some activities carried out by the borough will come the way of the parish councils in the future. At the moment, however, there is no indication of what those might be or when. The problem we have as a parish council is that we have to budget and set a precept (raising of funds through council tax) a year ahead, and we have just undertaken that process for the year 2019/20. We do not know whether costs will be incurred during the year either as a direct part of the change process or as a result of the early migration of services in our direction, or both. We have taken the view that the prudent approach is to raise a sum, £1500, to be held on one side solely to meet unanticipated costs arising during the year as a direct result of local government re-organisation. Any amount which is not spent in the year will be carried forward until it is required. A similar approach is being adopted elsewhere although not necessarily in all parishes. » Less