Buckingham Town Council to protect Lace Hill play area

At its meeting on Monday evening (10 December 2018) Buckingham Town Council’s Environment Committee decided to pay to install gates on the new play area at Lace Hill to prevent dogs from entering the playground. The Council was disappointed to learn that the Management Company was not prepared to install the gates, and felt the need for this work was so strong that the Town Council should fund the work directly.
The Town Council has written to the Lace Hill Developers highlighting the absence of gates at the Lace Hill play area and asking for a contribution towards their installation. No response has been received despite chaser emails.
The Town Council will now arrange works in April 2019 to install two sets of gates at a cost of £3,339.
Councillor Margaret Gateley, Chair of the Environment Committee, said, “while it is disappointing that the Lace Hill Management Company is not prepared to fund this work, I am delighted that the Town Council have agreed to install gates to ensure the safety of children using this valuable play area.”

2018 Christmas Parade road closures and bus diversions

Buckingham Christmas Parade is this Saturday!

Road Closures will be in place:

The Road Closure Order covers the following areas between 7am and 2pm on the 15th December 2018

  • High Street (North) – between the junction with Moreton Road and Paynes Court (excluding Paynes Court itself)
  • High Street (North) – Paynes Court to North End Square (excluding Paynes Court itself)
  • This includes the bus stand
  • High Street (South) – between the junction with Moreton Road and the junction with Stratford Road
  • Market Hill (North) – between the junction with Moreton Road and the junction Christmas Parade Sat 15th December 10.45am startwith West Street
  • Market Hill (South) – between the junction with Moreton Road and the Bull Ring
  • The lay-by at the Old Gaol  taxi rank at night
  • Bull Ring – in its entirety
  • Market Square – all – between the Bull Ring and the junction with West Street/Bridge Street, including the lay-by outside the White Hart Hotel
  • Bridge Street – all – from the junction with Market Square to the junction with Bourton Road
  • London Road – both sides – between the junction with Bridge Street and the junction with Chandos Road
  • Chandos Road – all – between the junction with London Road and the junction with Station Road
  • Station Road – all – between the junction with Chandos Road and the junction with Hunter Street
  • Addington Road – in its entirety
  • Western Avenue – between Grenville Road and the junction with Brackley Road

Bus diversions:

Due to the Buckingham Christmas Parade buses will NOT serve the High Street, the ‘Market Hill’ stops on Moreton Road, the ‘Chandos Road’, ‘Upper School’ stops on London Road and Maids Moreton between these times. Routes will divert as follows:
Service 131 / 132: these routes will not be able to serve Western Avenue or Overn Avenue.
All 132 journeys will run via the Page Hill Estate
Service 60: will divert after serving Tesco via A421, A413, Bourton Road, Bourtonville and London Road in a one way loop. Please note route 60 will NOT serve Maids Moreton between the above times.
Service X60: after serving Tesco will divert up the London Road, then Bourtonville,  Bourton Road,  A413 and will resume its journey to Milton Keynes at Stratford Road and vice versa
Service X5: will serve the Tesco, London Road stop only.
Services diverted via Bourtonville will stop where safe, if hailed
Keep up to date on the Buckinghamshire County Council Service Disruption page at: www.buckscc.gov.uk/travelinfo

Town Council Celebrates Christmas Light Switch On.

Organised by Buckingham Town Council this year’s Christmas light switch on was attended by more people than ever on Saturday.  For the first time, a number of stalls set up for the day in the Cattle Pens, including a children’s ride.
The lights were switched on by the Town Mayor Cllr Jon Harvey. There were Christmas Tree
performances by the Buckingham Children’s Choir and Buckingham Stage Coach Performing Arts.  The Winslow Concert Band provided the music for the carols and there was a special appearance by Father Christmas as well as Pucky the MK LIghtning Ice Hockey Team mascot.
This year the Town Council entered a new 3 year contract for the festive motifs that are placed on the lighting columns in the town centre.  The new multi-coloured lights proved popular with residents.
There were some difficulties with sound, with those further away from the stage struggling to hear everything that was going on.  The Town Council’s Town Centre & Events Committee agreed on Monday evening (3rd December) to ensure that next year there will be additional speakers and a higher stage to ensure everyone is able to fully take part.

We need your help to establish a Right of Way

Buckingham needs witnesses who can show that the public have used the path, now known as the Railway Walk path, for at least 20 years. This is the cycleway which runs from the Southern Bypass to Tingewick Road passing the corner of Chandos Road and Station Road.
If you have walked or cycled the route for 20 years or more and would be prepared to complete a  signed evidence form, please download from the link below.  Your Form MUST be accompanied by a signed attached Map which can also be downloaded below.  The grid references you will need for the form are SP 688337 and SP 698328.
Railway Walk Evidence Form
Map – Must be signed
It doesn’t matter what you used it for, whether it was going to work, school, shops or just for a wander as long as you remember following this path.
We also need every witness to sign copies of maps of the path, shown here on the right.
If you need a paper copy or need help, please call into the Tourist Information Centre, Old Gaol, Buckingham where paper copies are available.
If you would like more information please contact deputytownclerk@Buckingham-tc.gov.uk or call 01280 816426.

Buckingham Town Ice Rink Declared a Success

Over 1,100 people used the Buckingham Town pop-up synthetic skating rink which was operating in the town centre for nine days ending on Sunday.  All money from ticket sales and sponsorship helped to fund the event, meaning the final cost to the Town Council was £676.
1,153 tickets were sold, with skaters using the rink between 3pm and 9pm.
The event team running the rink commented that Buckingham is the most friendly place they have worked in.
MK Lightning Ice Hockey Team supported the rink by sending Pucky the Polar Bear along with players to encourage skaters.
Committee Chairman, Cllr Terry Bloomfield said “The event was a great success; hundreds of families were drawn into the town centre where they used the shops and restaurants.  They had lots of fun and made the town centre feel vibrant and Christmassy.  At a final cost to the council of £676 the skating rink represented excellent value for money.  We are always keen to receive feedback from residents, in this case it would be great to know whether there would be support for providing the ice rink next year, or if there are ideas for other events the Town Council could try in the future.”

Environment Agency Update: Great River Ouse 28th November 2018

The following update has been provided by the Environment Agency, following the Community Briefing in November. Having the Environment Agency holding this open session in Buckingham was extremely useful, as it enabled residents to ask them questions directly and to learn more about the future of the River Great Ouse.
Click here to read the full update from the Environment Agency
The River Warden Scheme is also due to begin soon:
Click here to read the River Warden leaflet from the Environment Agency.
If you are interested in becoming a River Warden, or have any questions, please get in touch with Karen Paterson: karen.paterson@environment-agency.gov.uk The Environment Agency plans to be in touch early in the New Year with further information on the scheme.

Buckingham's 1st December Christmas Light Switch and Christmas Market set to be a fabulous affair!

This year’s Christmas Light Switch on will be particularly festive, with the much anticipated pop-up artificial ice rink setting the scene from 26th November. Afternoon and evening skating slots are available during the week as well as all day skating from 11am to 9pm on the weekend of 1st and 2nd December. Click below to book your tickets before they sell out.

On Saturday 1st December a Christmas Market will take over the Cattlepens area of Buckingham Town Centre and around the ice rink – the market will take place from 11am until 8pm. A selection of Christmas goodies will be available including tasty hot food and drink offerings as well as a child sized ride.
In the evening, please gather alongside the Old Gaol for the Light Switch On itself. This will begin at 6.30pm with a welcome from the Mayor, Councillor Jon Harvey and the Town Crier, Russell Cross.
We’re also expecting a visit of extra special guests from MK Lightning Ice Hockey Team as well as Santa!
The evening will culminate with festive community entertainment, including:

  • Trader of the Year
  • Performance by the Buckingham Children’s Choir
  • Talk by Captain Coleman
  • Countdown for the Christmas Light Switch On
  • Stagecoach Buckingham performance
  • Singalong Carols throughout
  • Closing words from Father Roy Karrakkattu and the Mayor
  • Winslow Concert Band performing festive favourites


Town Council decides not to take AVDC to Judicial Review on this occasion, following legal advice

Last night (Monday 19 November) Buckingham Town Council decided not to take legal action against AVDC regarding the decision to approve an application to build a Crown Care Home on land behind the Grand Junction Public House (13 High Street).
The Council had obtained an expert legal opinion as to whether the Town Council had reasonable grounds to instigate a Judicial Review in the High Court of the recent planning decision. The Town Council had six weeks from the date the decision was made – Friday 26 October – to decide whether to launch an appeal.
The Council considered the legal advice provided by Mark Westmoreland-Smith. The full legal opinion provided is available here.
The Council was advised that while there may have been grounds to pursue a case, there would have been “limited benefit in going to court in the context of policy EE5 where it is clear that (AVDC) is intent on granting planning permission.”
Councillor Mark Cole JP, Chairman of the Town Council’s Planning Committee, said:
Although the legal advice to Buckingham Town Council was that while we might have had a reasonable case against AVDC on the Buckingham Neighbourhood Plan ground, but not on the National Planning Policy Framework ground, he was not persuaded as to the overall merit of our making a claim. He felt that even if it was successful, AVDC was determined to grant planning permission one way or the other.
“I hope that AVDC (and its successor) will now be on alert, and take note that towns and parishes are prepared to fight to protect their Neighbourhood Plans, which are the wishes of their residents. We have not won, but neither have we lost, as this money has been well spent in obtaining this advice, of which we can make full use as we start to prepare revisions to our Neighbourhood Development Plan in the coming year.”