Well-Being Walk

Buckingham Town Council and the University of Buckingham have teamed up again to host a Wellbeing Walk on Sunday 25th July as part of this years Fringe Week.

Everyone is invited to walk the published route around the town, taking in the sights and thinking about what more can be done to ensure good mental health and wellbeing for everybody.

The walk will start from outside the Council Chamber at 11.30 am however, please arrive by 11 am and await instructions. The walk will then finish at around 1.30 pm by the Tanlaw Mill.

Participants can join or leave the walk whenever they wish. The below map shows the route of the walk and and what times you should arrive at each marked location.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Assemble by Waitrose at 11:00am and start walk by 11:30am
  • Bridge near Stratford Fields Football ground at 11:40am
  • Entrance to Bourton Park at 11:45am
  • Bridge near Bourton Mill at 11:50am
  • Exit from Hare Close to London Road at 12:00pm
  • Railway Walk at 12:05pm
  • Chandos Road Car Park at 12:15pm
  • Exit onto Tingewick Road at 12:30pm
  • Junction with West Street at 12:40pm
  • Junction with Moreton Road at 12:55pm
  • Lap of Waitrose at 1:05pm
  • Ford Street entrance to Chandos Park at 1:15pm
  • Chandos Court at 1:20pm
  • Tanlaw Mill 1:30pm

 

Bourton Park bridges to close for essential maintenance work

This summer, four Bourton Park bridges will be closed, one at a time, to complete essential maintenance work. While the work is taking place the bridges will be closed to the public. Diversion signs will be in place showing alternative footpaths to cross the river Great Ouse.

Work is scheduled to start on 12th July and last 12 to 17 weeks in total. The schedule of work is as follows, although changes may be made if required:

  • Bridge 3 (near the Bourton Park paddock, also known as Fool’s Crossing) starting on 12th July, closure in place for 2-3 weeks.
  • Bridge 4 (Otter pond) starting in late July to August, closure in place for 3-4 weeks.
  • Bridge 5 (near the footpath to Akister Close) in late August, closure in place for 3-4 weeks.
  • Bridge 1 (Bourton park carpark) in September, closure in place for 4-6 weeks.

The Town Council sincerely appreciates resident’s patience while the work goes ahead, and has taken steps to ensure that as little disruption as possible is caused.

Regular Bourton Park attendees Buckingham parkrun are making alternative arrangements to their usual running routes while the work takes place

Interim Full Council and Planning Working Group 28th June 2021

Members of the Council met last night in person at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre. The following matters were discussed:

Interim Full Council:

  • Members AGREED to oppose the Amended Planning Application for a residential development of up to 420 dwellings off Osier Way and one new access off Gawcott Road.
  • Oxford-Milton Keynes and Peterborough-Northampton-Oxford connectivity studies – Members agreed a response to the Online Consultation.

Planning Working Group:

  • A Member of the public attended the Public Session to raise concerns over 18/04626/APP Garage site 456999g Overn Crescent.
  • Members considered five planning applications and decided to recommend to oppose four of the five applications received from Buckinghamshire Council.

Fun Fact Friday: Day in the Life of a Greenspaces Team Member  

Our greenspaces team work hard to maintain our parks, keeping them clean and beautiful all year round. Craig, who is one of our longest standing Greenspaces Team Members has given an insight into what the team do.

What is a greenspaces team?

I believe that a greenspaces team is a group of people who are committed to keeping the greenspaces in their local area (Buckingham) maintained to a high standard to ensure that the public can enjoy them and are kept safe whilst doing so. It’s almost being like a green fingered Superhero; no job is ever to big or to hard when you take pride in keeping Buckingham a nice place to be like we do!

What does a typical week look like?

We always start the week off by doing park checks to ensure that the play areas and play equipment isn’t damaged from the weekend. From there, it really depends what jobs need doing for example, we could be at the cemetery preparing a grave, cutting the grass around the town and on the bypass, council facility refurbishments and or helping out at our events.

What is your favourite thing to do and why?

I am such a people person. I love interacting with the public whilst working, whether that be by helping a concerned member of the public or just talking to someone and making them smile. I enjoy my job and am proud to be a greenspaces team member.

If you would like to find out more about the parks and greenspaces that we manage, visit our Parks and Greenspaces Page – This page has also been extended with two new spaces to learn more about green spaces maintenance and volunteering.

 

Buckingham Town Matters Summer 2021 Newsletter

The Summer edition of the Buckingham Town Matters newsletter is now out for delivery and will be with residents soon. This edition includes articles on the new Buckingham Town Council Councillors, what the Council achieved 2020-2021, land grabbing and tree damage, climate emergency action plan, future events including the upcoming Fringe Week and grants awarded to local non-commercial groups.

If you prefer to listen to your local updates, try our audio version. This edition is read by Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Countess Howe.

 

We hope you enjoy and make sure to keep an eye out for updates on the next edition; Autumn 2021.

Town Centre and Events Working Group 21st June 2021

Last night the Town Centre & Events Working Group met to discuss the upcoming programme of summer events and future events ideas.

A member of the public spoke at the beginning of the meeting to raise Councillors’ awareness of a flooding incident at March Edge, Linden Village on the 18th June 2021.

During the meeting:

  • Members agreed to progress arrangements for a promenade between Stowe Gardens and Buckingham town centre, and to explore options for a multi-cultural celebration evening.
  • It was agreed to postpone the Celebrate Buckingham Day in Bourton Park from the 10th July to the 4th September 2021.
  • The next Bardic Election has been arranged for the 5th October 2021 at The Woolpack, Buckingham.
  • Members discussed a draft programme of events for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 and agreed to review a further plan at the next meeting
  • The following list of forthcoming events was noted:
    • Buckingham Fringe Week 19th – 25th July
    • Play Around the Parishes 26th July, 9th August, 23rd August
    • Children’s Outdoor Theatre, 16th August
    • Bandjam 29th August
    • Celebrate Buckingham 4th September
    • River Rinse Sept date to be confirmed
    • Dog Show 12th September
    • River Rinse October date to be confirmed
    • Local Democracy Event 15th October
    • Charter Fair 16th October
    • Charter Fair 23rd October
    • Halloween Disco 30th October
    • Bonfire & Fireworks 6th November
    • Remembrance Day Parade 14th November
    • Winter Fair Lace Hill 21st November
    • Christmas Light Switch On 27th November
    • Christmas Parade 11th December
    • Community Fair 11th December

£28,481 given to charities and voluntary groups in Buckingham

In May 2021, the Town Council gave grants totalling £28,481 to projects and activities beneficial to the people of Buckingham.

Due to the profound impact of Coronavirus on Buckingham, some of last year's grant projects were not able to take place and the funding that had been awarded was unclaimed. Unused funding from the previous year was made available to 2021/22 applicants in order to help groups impacted by Coronavirus bounce back stronger than ever.

Two projects from last year are also continuing through 2021 due to changes of circumstances. This includes Swan Community Hub’s Job Club: giving extra support to residents who have lost their job and would benefit from completely free help with job applications, CVs and interview practice.

This year the Town Council is supporting: after school activities for young people, financial advice, palliative and end of life nursing care at home, a classical music festival, LED lighting, installation of a baby change table, bus trips for isolated people and much more.

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley met the grants recipients’ outdoors on the 14th June to distribute the grant cheques and hear more about the projects that are being funded. Cllr. Gateley said that “It was a great pleasure to meet representatives from many of the voluntary groups which support and enrich our community.  These organisations have been especially important and have made a real difference during the difficult time experienced by many people over the last year. It is good that the Town Council is able to support them as they continue their work in the coming year.”

For full details of the amounts given and to whom, please see the table below:

Citizens Advice Bucks£ 5,346 per annum
(3 year grant)
Free expert advice on a range of issues including financial advice.
Bucks Youth Clubs Ltd£ 5,200 per annum
(3 year grant)
After school youth sessions and trips for young people with trained staff
Buckingham Old Gaol£ 3,000 per annum
(3 year grant)
Maintaining this unique museum and it’s local history exhibits
Buckingham Summer Festival£ 2,000Summer classical music festival
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity£ 2,000Palliative and end of life care in Buckingham.
Stowe Sub Aqua Club£ 1,500Increasing banked air capacity so more people can take part
Buckingham West End Bowls Club£ 1,500LED lighting to improve environmental impact of building.
Buckingham Area Rural Transport£ 1,200Trips into Buckingham by bus from rural areas
Project Street Life£ 1,200Residential activities weekend away for young people
Buckingham Lawn Tennis Club£ 1,000Repainting and relining of the Tennis courts
Chandos Park Bowls Club£ 1,000Bowling green maintenance
The Slade Recreation Club£ 1,000Replacement of fire doors
Friends of the Old Gaol£ 830Museum bathroom refurbishment including baby changing table
Buckingham Churches Children's Holiday Club£ 750Insurance, copying and other admin costs
Open House£ 600Supports people who are no longer carers. Transport costs for day trips for members
Buckingham & District Angling Association£ 355Repair of fishing areas and access pathways
TOTAL:£ 28,481

Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley, met the grants recipients to hand out their awards in June 2021

Environment Working Group 14th June and Communications Strategy Working Group 10th June

Last night the Environment Working Group met, amongst other matters the following was discussed:

  • Cllr. Warren Whyte as Chair and Cllr. Anja Schaefer appointed as Vice-Chair of the Environment Working Group for 2021/22.
  • Street lighting – Members agreed for a consultation and review of Buckingham’s streetlights to explore putting in extra illumination.
  • The first Draft of the Community Flood Response Plan was noted and Members will seek to establish a Working Group after the publication of Buckinghamshire Council’s Section 19 report.
  • The Estates Team are researching options for commissioning a Holocaust Memorial Stone in Bourton Park
  • Members agreed to support the proposal to set up a repair café in Buckingham.
    Office Recycling facilities to be setup in all Town council premises

Last week the Communications Strategy Working Group met to discuss:

  • Cllr. Jon Harvey was selected as Chair and Cllr. Martin Try as Vice-Chair of the Communications Strategy Working Group for 2021/22.
  • Progress with the Summer 2021 newsletter and content for the Autumn 2021 edition.
  • Progress on developing the Town Council website and ideas for it’s improvement.
  • Annual statistical reports.
  • The purchase of additional signage to advertise Summer events.

Fun Fact Friday: Lacehill Sports & Community Centre

Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre is located on the Lace Hill estate in Buckingham and is owned and operated by the Town Council. Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre aims to provide a well maintained, accessible community resource for the benefit of Buckingham residents, contributing to community growth, development, and the economic well-being of the local area.

Why is it called Lacehill?

Buckinghamshire Lace is a very fine pillow lace, and the making of it provided an income for local women until the First World War, especially here in Buckingham meaning that lace making is a big part of the Town’s industrial heritage.

As for the name for the estate: Lace Hill is just for ease of reference. However, Buckingham Town Councillors chose a mixture of names for the streets on Lace Hill – some tools, like Pillow, Bobbin, Linen, Silk, and some stitches, like Mayflower, Butterfly, Constance and Rosemary.

The Town Council is grateful for the expert help of Kay Bradley, Kay Meadows and Helene Hill in compiling the list of possible street names.

Within this facility, there is a Sports Hall and a Committee Room, that offer a range of activities from sports to exercise and private functions. There are also toilets, changing rooms and kitchens on site if ever a booking requires them. The Sports Hall and Committee Room is available to book for activities and classes such as Gymnastics, Badminton, Dance, Karate, Yoga, Judo, Football and more which are suitable for all ages and abilities. Outside, there are also two Sports England Pitches that are managed by great local team, Buckingham United Football Club.

For more information about the Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre or for bookings, please contact the coordinator and don’t forget to follow the centre on social media @LaceHillCentre to stay up to date with what’s on and event news.

New Councillor Fran Davies, Interim Council 7th June and Planning Working Group 8th June

After a meeting of the Interim Council on 7th June 2021, Fran Davies was selected by co-option to join Buckingham Town Council and fill a vacancy in the South Ward that remained after the May elections.

Cllr. Fran Davies said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been accepted by The Mayor and Buckingham Town Councillors as a co-opted member for the people of Buckingham South.

I will be continuing as a Parish Councillor for Radclive-cum-Chackmore and I look forward to the challenges of representing a wider number of people and hope to be able to help them the best I can. I am particularly interested in environmental and green issues and community events and am keen to get involved in both existing and new projects.”

Other topics covered by the Interim Council on 7th June included:

At the Planning Working Group meeting on the 8th June topics included:

  • A resident attended the public session to discuss issues with Candleford Court
  • 3 Planning Applications, all with no objections from members
  • Changes to the Buckinghamshire Council constitution and the impact on planning
  • Enforcement and other planning matters to report around Buckingham.