About Wilbarston Parish Council

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

Shared Prosperity Fund Now Live

Posted: Thu, 08 Jun 2023 20:29 by Becky Jones

North Northamptonshire Council have secured £4.8 million from the Government's Core Shared Prosperity Fund and a further £1.1 million of funding for rural areas from the Rural England Prosperity Fund, as well as £1.9 million of funding to support adult numeracy programmes as part of the Multiply scheme.

The core funding can be used for:

  • £1.5 million to create and improve local green spaces
  • £110,000 for local arts, cultural, heritage and creative activities
  • £110,000 for campaigns to encourage visits and exploring of local area, including support for the town centres
  • £750,000 to support local community groups
  • £300,000 for investment in economic growth
  • £350,000 for a visitor and tourism hub at Rushden Lakes and ongoing marketing to support local businesses
  • £200,000 grants for small and medium businesses for their research and development
  • £300,000 for a start up support program to create local businesses and jobs
  • £160,000 to support local businesses to improve their energy efficiency and emit less greenhouse gases
  • £200,000 to support business measures that grow the number of jobs in the area

The rural funding can be used for: More »

We'll update this page with further project updates including details of any new grants you can apply for. For further information email ukspf@northnorthants.gov.uk.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government's Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025.

The fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, as well as people and skills. » Less

Fuel Poverty Support

Posted: Tue, 06 Jun 2023 10:54 by Becky Jones

Better Housing Better Health (BHBH) is a longstanding service working to reduce and prevent the number of people in fuel poverty, and so improve health and well-being. It is coordinated by the National Energy Foundation and is a network of many other health and social care orientated organisations, with a cross-referral mechanism in place to maximise help available to residents. BHBH operates across the whole of Northamptonshire. More »

If you would like some advice on lowering your energy bills, switching provider/tariff or accessing financial assistance or would like to chat to BHBH about any aspect of keeping warm and well then contact the free helpline today on 0800 107 0044 (Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00) or email at bhbh@nef.org.uk.

BHBH also offer BHBH+ which is a free home energy service for vulnerable residents, their trained home energy advisor can offer advice on things such as insulation, heating systems, and advise on your energy bills during a free home energy visit. They will assess your property and refer or signpost you to other services that can help you save money and stay warm and well in your home. You can find the referral form here.

Service Details

Organisation: National Energy FoundationService Type: Housing, accommodation and homelessnessWebsite: www.bhbh.org.ukServices intended for:

  • Adults
  • Older people
  • Young people
  • Adults and families

Referral note:Can refer a client with their permission or can self referDay:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Opening times:

Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

5 ways to wellbeing:

  • Connect
  • Learn
  • Be active
  • Notice

Find out how to access this service » Less

Rural Support Fund - Northamptonshire ACRE

Rural Support Fund - Northamptonshire ACRE

Posted: Tue, 06 Jun 2023 10:41 by Becky Jones

As part of the Household Support Fund we can support organisations (including schools) with a financial donation towards food for foodbanks and community larders, as well energy saving equipment and leaflets.**

Funds are also available for households with a referral, please contact us for more information.

More information 01604 765888 acre@northantsacre.org.uk

** Funds must be used to support people living in rural Northamptonshire, Organisations must not be in receipt of HSF3 funding.