Buckingham Shopmobility Service is a scheme that allows anyone with a mobility problem, whether temporary or permanent, to get out and about in Buckingham Town Centre. There are even allocated free parking spaces for Shopmobility users, next to the Shopmobility building.
There are electric mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs available. (Manual wheelchairs are available for a small fee). The wheelchairs can be folded for loading into a vehicle for home use, hospital appointments, visits to local events and places of interest. The service is sponsored by Buckingham Town Council and is free for anyone who wishes to shop or sight-see in Buckingham and the surrounding areas.
If you would like to use this service, find it on the far side of Cornwall’s Meadow Car Park, Buckingham, MK18 1RP. You can also reserve a mobility scooter or wheelchair, by contacting a member of the Shopmobility team on 07738 314 027 or email TIC@buckingham-tc.gov.uk. Currently, Shopmobility is only open on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and it is closed every other day including Bank Holidays. Hopefully the full service will be able to resume once restrictions are lifted.
Accessibility problems? AccessAble help to provide disabled access information to the area with access guides to 100 venues including shops, restaurants, hotels and parks. Follow the AccessAble link to go to the Buckingham AccessAble webpage.
Once again, Music in the Market will not be taking place this coming Bank Holiday Weekend due to Covid restrictions.
Organiser of the event Buckingham Acoustic Club’s John Howarth said “Music In The Market has been an annual event for the past twenty years organised jointly by Buckingham Town Council and the Buckingham Acoustic Club.
But save the day – this year is different. With the participation of the Buckingham Rugby Club, Music NOT in the Market will take place later in the year at their ground in Maids Moreton on Saturday July 24th, from 2pm till 10pm. There will be music, food stalls, traders, the bar, and lots of space to spread out. More details will be announced later”.
The event will return next year to its usual location in the town centre.
For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Planning Committee of Buckingham Town Council met on Monday 24th May. The full agenda is available in our archive.
The following decisions were made:
- Cllr. Mark Cole JP was elected as Chair and Cllr. Anthony Ralph as Vice-Chair.
- Cllr. Sue Hetherington was chosen to represent Buckingham Town Council on the North Bucks Parishes Planning Consortium East-West Rail Group
- Of the planning applications discussed, 5 were recorded as no objections (one with the proviso to the satisfaction of the Heritage Officer) and 1 application was opposed. Of the tree applications discussed 6 were recorded as no objections and 1 opposed. Please note: planning applications are not decided by Buckingham Town Council, its objections or approval are given as a consultee to the planning authority: Buckinghamshire Council.
- Briefing notes will continue to be provided for the agenda by the Planning Officer.
- Buckinghamshire Council’s tree officer is to be invited to attend a meeting with Buckingham Town Council’s Planning Committee, Environment Committee, Tree Wardens and the Buckingham Society.
- The next meeting of the Planning Committee will take place on Tuesday 8th June on Zoom.
A live stream of the meeting is available on YouTube. Full minutes of the meeting will be available via our 2021 archive in due course.
Play Around the Parishes is organised by Buckinghamshire Council and is a free event.
It is aimed at children aged 1-10 with the intention for them to have the opportunity to explore lots of arts and crafts and fun activities.
Hope for some summer sun and enjoy days full of family, friends and fun during the weekdays between 22nd July to 27th August 2021.
For more information about dates and locations, visit Buckinghamshire Councils website or call them on 01296 585 298.
Located in The Old Gaol, the Tourist Information Centre is operated by the Town Council. The TIC Supervisor and, now more formally known as, Town Centre Manager, Emma Churchill, is happy to help with any enquiries along with her dedicated team who are true local experts – Just pop in Monday-Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm.
Services offered include:
- Information on what to see and do, plus upcoming events
- Places to eat and drink in the local area
- Maps, books, walks, guides & leaflets
- Ticket agent for National Express Coaches
- Local transport timetables
- Tickets sales for local events, concerts and festivals
- The Film Place tickets
- Theatre tokens
- Circular Walks & Town Trail maps available
- Gift shop with locally sourced handmade products and gifts.
If you would like to sell tickets through the TIC, offer goods for sale, or speak to them about how the TIC can support an activity or event please call them on 01280 823 020.
The Tourist Information Centre is also very proud to continue its tradition of being the first point of call for Tourism and promoting the Buckingham economy and attractions in the surrounding areas. It has been open for more than 25 years and has been owned by the Town Council since 2018, when it became clear that the Town Council could provide it more cheaply and with better local connections than had been possible for Tourism South East. Since then, the number of visitors and the range of tickets sold have increased.
Online Only? The Tourist Information Centre has launched a website for visitors and tourists encouraging them to come to the town to shop, dine, stay and visit the numerous attractions in and around Buckingham. The new Discover Buckingham website has business listings for local shops, accommodation, restaurants, pubs and attractions as well as event listings, blogs and news from within the town. So, if you have an event, attraction, shop, restaurant or hotel that you would like to add to this website please email email@example.com.
For more information on the business, attractions and things to do in Buckingham please visit the Discover Buckingham website.
Buckingham Town Council has worked hard to improve accessibility in recent years, but there is still work to be done.
With a growing population and people living longer, there are increasing numbers of people finding it difficult to get around Buckingham on foot, by mobility scooter, or with a child in a pushchair. Buckingham town centre was created in mediaeval times and retains many of the narrow streets from those times. While these streets form part of Buckingham delightful and unique character, they are clearly unsuitable for today’s heavy traffic and lead to many pavements being very narrow. Many shops and other buildings have steps, or stairs to upper floors, which both require a creative approach to permit easy access for everyone while preserving their historic character.
The town also suffers from disabled parking bays flanked by kerbs and rear vehicle access in the road, along with mis-aligned dropped kerbs in many locations.
In recent years, the Town Council has:
- In partnership with DisabledGo, we had many properties surveyed for accessibility by the less mobile and included on their website, so that anyone visiting our town could see which shops and services were more suited to their needs
- But when DisabledGo became AccessAble, we noticed that the web-based service was less helpful and omitted some earlier content about Buckingham. We decided to make better use of your money and seek other means to fulfil our wish to make our town accessible to everyone. We encouraged developers and others to consider the needs of the less mobile, perhaps along the lines of the sloping access to Lloyds Bank or the portable wheelchair ramp at Esquires
- We moved some events away from premises with poor access for the less mobile
- We provide an audio version of our Buckingham Town Matters newsletters
- “Access” is now a standing Agenda item at our Committee meetings
- Thanks to donations from Buckingham Access4All, we designed and installed a more accessible picnic table, that is also wheelchair accessible, in Bourton Park
What the Town Council will continue to do:
- We ensure that our events are as easily accessible as possible
- We continue to press for easy access to be considered by developers, and lobby existing properties to consider what improvements they might consider (wheelchair ramps, doorbells to summons assistance etc).
- We report to the appropriate authority when urgent repairs are need to badly worn pedestrian areas – including pavements
- We plan to install more wheelchair-accessible picnic areas in our parks, starting by adding a tarmac path to the accessible bench in Chandos Park
Councillor Mike Smith, who has chaired the Council’s Resources Committee until standing down at the election on 6th May, said: “The council continues to work hard on behalf of the less able, but it is something of an uphill struggle (no pun intended) as much of what needs to be done falls beyond the Town Council remit”.