Buckingham Business Consultation

Helping to Re-open Buckingham

Buckingham Town Council is asking all businesses in the town to help think about what can be done to help businesses reopen, support the high street and develop online sales from the town.

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The Council has developed a guidance pack for shops and services to help them trade safely as we come out of lock down. The pack contains information about adapting business premises to facilitate social distancing and explains the plans to re-open markets and public spaces in the town centre.

Seeking Ideas

The town’s Economic Development Working Group is hosted by the Town Council and includes representatives from Buckinghamshire Council, local businesses, the Buckingham Society and the University.  The Group met on 26th May to discuss how to help the town reopen as lock down restrictions are gradually lifted.  Initial ideas include extending the current free parking arrangements, providing outdoor tables and chairs for people who have purchased take away goods, supporting local businesses to trade or promote themselves online and provide advice and guidance.  The Town Council are now asking all local businesses to let us know your ideas and requests for help.

Online Shopping Platform

We understand that in the short to medium term, town centre footfall will be greatly reduced, and shops will be unable to serve as many customers as usual at any one time. We are therefore exploring the option of an online shopping platform and home delivery service for businesses in Buckingham. This would likely provide participating businesses with additional sales and would help local residents, many of whom will still be self-isolating or making fewer trips to the town centre until Covid-19 ceases to be a risk to their health.

Any online shop and delivery platform will be made very simple for businesses to use. We know that local online shop and delivery models work as our colleagues in Princes Risborough launched the Risborough Basket 7 weeks ago and have made over 4000 sales with an average transaction value of £18.00.

Thanks to help from Buckinghamshire Council, we are working with Sally Williams from Retail Revival Ltd. who set up the Risborough Basket with Princes Risborough Town Council. Sally would like to discuss your needs and issues as you adapt to new trading conditions and her findings and recommendations will inform our immediate plans for business support.

To receive our guidance pack and further information about the support available please complete the contact form attached.

For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 823020 or email office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

New Mayor elected online

Buckingham Town Council carried out its first online Mayoral election and robing ceremony on Monday 11th May 2020.  Councillor Geraldine Collins was elected unanimously as the new Town Mayor, and formally robed by her husband Councillor Paddy Collins in their home during an online meeting which was watched over YouTube by residents and friends in Buckingham and overseas.  Paddy Collins will be the Mayor’s consort for the year.

Declaration signing 2020Councillor Collins is the first Mayor of Buckingham to have been elected and robed online.

During the meeting Councillor Howard Mordue – the longest serving Town Councillor – explained the history behind the Mayor’s chain, and the other regalia.

A video of the ceremony can be viewed from the Council’s YouTube channel.

Geraldine is keen to support local groups during these difficult times, and would welcome invitations to take part in events even if they are happening online!

Councillor Collins said:

At this time of year, we usually have a variety of events in our town to look forward to Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Geraldine Collinsand at these I would normally be able to meet many of you and your families. Sadly, many of these events have had to be cancelled. At these events we pass around our buckets to raise funds for the Mayor’s charities, I hope we can find some alternative ways to support our local groups and charities until such time as we can all get together again, which I look forward to very much.

I spent many years during my nursing career in children’s nursing and during this time became aware of the emotional difficulties many children and young people face alongside the physical illness. In the adult side I saw the same difficulties and saw the challenges faced in supporting and helping all concerned. This is why the charities I have chosen to raise funds for this year are:

  • Clearly Speaking who are a great support to children, young people and their families, dealing with a variety of emotional needs; i.e. autistic spectrum disorders, learning difficulties anxiety disorders, depression, communication and mental health and the
  • Kit Cat Club who also support children and their families through very difficult times.” Many of these problems have been exacerbated during this present crisis.

 

For more information about the Mayor and her chosen charities, visit the Mayor of Buckingham page.

A polite notice for Dog Walkers

Dog Walkers asked to do their bit to ensure Social Distancing

Buckingham Town Council are asking dog owners to keep their dog on a lead at all times whilst in public places. Keeping your dogs on a lead will ensure that all park visitors comply with the Government’s advice on social distancing – requiring people to remain two metres apart.
Current Government advice states:
‘If walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should walk your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others. You can find further guidance for pet owners at
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces
We understand our beloved canine friends need a good dose of daily exercise but our Green Spaces Team are reporting that there has been an increase in people seen with dogs off leads. This is very worrying and we are urging you to please stick to the restrictions in our parks. There are posters throughout the parks reminding people to keep their dogs on a lead and under control. We are aware that this is an unwelcome change for some dog owners but we must all do our bit during these challenging times.

1. For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 823020, office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Outgoing Mayor’s Message

I would like to have finished my year as Buckingham’s 254th Mayor on a higher note than a global lockdown, but events overtook all of us in March, and since then we have all been living and working virtually.

Nevertheless, it has been an honour and a privilege to service the town I love, and have loved since I grew up in North Bucks in the 1950s. For my Mayoress Alexandra and I, there have been some real highlights in the 10 months during which we were able to function normally. Either singly or together, we attended just over 100 engagements between May 2019 and March 2020.

It was a great disappointment that we had to cancel the Mayor’s Civic Service just as the pandemic took hold, as it would have been a chance to meet you all in our beautiful Parish Church, and also to boost the fundraising of my two charities, Medical Detection Dogs and YC2 Bucks Young Carers. Thanks to everyone who has given so generously during the year.

Perhaps the most memorable event was our visit to Germany in February to sign the Twinning agreement with Neukirchen-Vluyn, making Buckingham the first town in the UK to twin after Brexit. The hospitality of both our German friends and of Buckingham Twinning Association was quite wonderful.

There were also inspiring events: the Bucks Youth Big Night Out at the Waterside, Aylesbury, and the High Sheriff’s Reception at The Stables, Wavendon. There were many visits to both our secondary Schools, the Buckingham School and the Royal Latin School, to our Primary Schools, and to the University of Buckingham, where meeting Peter Jones at Enfest and the President of the United Nations on her visit were also unforgettable.

Another high spot was the first University Medical School Graduation last June – it is a sobering thought that many of those young people there that day have since been working on the frontline of the war against Covid-19.

There are so many I want to thank, but I could not have got through the year without the guidance of our Town Clerk, Paul Hodson, of our Planning Clerk, Katharine McElligott, whose is also the keeper of our regalia and protocol, and of Louise Stubbs of BTC who has also been so supportive. My thanks also to Will Pearson-Gee, who has been the Mayor’s Chaplain during this topsy-turvy twelve months.

In closing, I wish my successor Cllr Geraldine Collins every success in her role as the 255th Mayor pf Buckingham. I look forward to continuing to serve Buckingham as a Town Councillor for as long as you will have me. Thank you all.

Cllr Mark Cole JP
Mayor of Buckingham, 2019/20

Mayor of Buckingham 2019/2020 Cllr Mark Cole JP and Alexandra Cole
Signing the twinning agreement with Neukirchen-Vluyn
University of Buckingham Medical School
Meeting the President of the United Nations General Assembly
Visiting the Medical Detection Dogs
Buckingham Christmas Light Switch On 2019