Westleton Common was purchased for the village in 2003, and is managed for Westleton Parish Council by the Westleton Common Advisory Group.
A new Management Plan to run for 10 years from October 2013 supported by funding from Natural England was prepared during 2012 and 2013. The work required to be done under this plan will be carried out by volunteers - new volunteers are always welcome! - and contractors when necessary,
Westleton Common Advisory Group 2022
Nick Shearme, Cllr WPC - Chair email@example.com
John Bebbington - Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
David Rous - Work Party Leader David126754@outlook.com
Julian Alexander, Cllr WPC
Chris Freeman, Cllr WPC
Amanda Freeman, Cllr WPC
Andrew Turner, Cllr WPC (to end May 2022)
Barry Banks, Cllr WPC (from June 2022)
Westleton Parish Council is the owner of Westleton Common. The Common is a rich and varied habitat which is a valued community asset as it is an integral part of the landscape, and of the economic and social history of the Parish.
The Westleton Common Advisory Group (WCAG) is a sub-committee of Westleton Parish Council. WCAG is responsible for drafting and implementing the Westleton Common Management Plan which is designed to manage, maintain and protect the Common on behalf of the Parish Council. The Management Plan is endorsed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Natural England and is governed by the terms of the Stewardship Agreement with the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Work on the Common to implement the Management Plan is largely funded by a High-Level Stewardship Grant from DEFRA via RPA. The Parish Council has a duty to ensure this work – whether by volunteers or contractors – is conducted in safe and secure conditions.
The Minutes of WCAG meetings, the Management Plan and the Annual Reports are published on the Westleton Parish website. The Management Plan and the Annual Reports are published on the Westleton Parish website.
Advance notice will be given when major clearance work is to be carried out.