Environment Committee Monday 18th October 2021

This week the Environment Committee met last Monday. A minute’s silence was held in respect for David Amess MP.

Topics covered included:

  • The Buckingham Community Response Flood Plan was updated.
  • Councillors heard about a text exercise to see how well the Community Response Flood Plan works. The Town Council and Buckinghamshire Council carried out the exercise with the help of the flood wardens and local residents. More flood wardens are needed anyone interested can sign up online
  • Councillors discussed a detailed report about Buckingham’s overall carbon footprint and asked the Council’s Community Champions to come up with ways of responding
  • The installation of solar panels at Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre, making the centre more environmentally friendly and decreasing costs, was announced.

Solar Panels installed at Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre

Buckingham Town Council have installed 55 high performance solar panels at the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre. The 20.90 kWp solar array cost £22,047 but is expected to pay for itself within eight years and has an operational life of at least 20 years.

Cllr Warren Whyte, Chair of the Environment Committee said:

“I am delighted that the Town Council is able to invest in this new renewable energy project as part of its Climate Action Plan. It will deliver not only green electricity and save over 90 tonnes of CO2, it is estimated to save the council over £75,000 over the expected life of the installation.

Buckingham Town Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and since then has been committed to reducing energy demand, improving energy efficiency and converting to renewable, low or zero carbon technologies for energy and heat.

The solar panels are the latest in a range of environmental measures taken by the Town Council who have already replaced two vehicles with fully electric vans; updated lights in Chandos Park with LED lights; ensured Town Council events are free of single-use plastics and installed a water bottle refill station in Chandos Park.

For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426, office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.

New Bard of Buckingham chosen by public vote

Poetry fans gathered at the Woolpack on Tuesday 5th October for a close run contest to decide who would be the new Bard of Buckingham. The rules of the Bardic Council were few but precise; both entrants were confirmed to live within a ‘days walk of the Buckingham Old Gaol’.

Two rounds took place – the first allowed the two contestants to read two poems of their own creation to the audience, while after a short break and some challenging audience questions they each read a third poem specifically linked to Buckingham.

The audience wrote the name of their favourite poet on slips of paper for a secret ballot, and after a quick count up Sami SET was declared to be the winner.

Sami was delighted to be chosen and told us that they “can’t wait to give voice to those of Buckingham who may sometimes feel they are not heard both through interaction with those people or by an association of the lived experiences that I will be sharing on stage.”

Alongside the competition was an array of fantastic entertainment including music from Stephen Ferneyhough and Brother Homebrew, Poetry from Dean Jones, the outgoing Bard of Buckingham and Kezzabelle, Bard of Northampton.

Sami has already had their first public appearance as Bard of Buckingham and written their first commissioned poem for the arrival of the Charter Fair in Buckingham.

Fair Fun by Sami SET


You really look quite horrible.

Squashed short then stretched out tall.

Laughing as we point

To our reflections in the hall.


Lucky ones attend

With their siblings, Dad and Mum

But all are not so fortunate

Not always fair when having fun


No one to buy them Candy

No drinks with straws to suck

Not a chance to hook a prize

No one to give a duck


No huge cuddles to wish for

As they wander in and out

Making their way past the many rides

Where others scream and shout


That’s something they can relate to

Lots of that back home

Usually with tears, not laughter

A whole other vibe and tone


So if for you it’s all enjoyment

Don’t feel guilty as you play and eat

Be mindful of your privilege

As you enjoy your fun fair treat


Think you see such sadness

Feel you have enough to share?

Then pay forward some love and smiles

Life’s NOT always such Funfair.


For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426, office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.


Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition 2021

If you are aged between 4 and 16 years old and wish to enter, ask your parent/guardian to send your design to us before 5th November by email or in person at the Old Gaol or Buckingham Town Council.

The design needs to be A4 and please, no photos or collages. There will be three

winners from three categories, 4-7, 8-11, 12-16 years. Each winner will receive a pack of their winning design to send to their family and friends and a certificate. The Mayor will be sending the cards all over the county far and wide to very important people.

The cards will also be available to purchase at the Buckingham Tourist Information Centre from early December. In addition to winning and appearing on the Mayor’s Christmas Card, images may be featured in internal communications from the Town Council, including our website, newsletter and social media channels.

Email your designs to: office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or hand them in to the Tourist Information Centre (Old Gaol) or to Town Council Office above Buckingham Library, Verney Close, Buckingham, MK18 1JP.

Download Entry Form 

Last year’s winner, Eva with her beautiful painting of Buckingham at Christmas (pictured right).

Buses diverted: Buckingham Charter Fair

Buckingham Bus Stand will be CLOSED between:

10am Friday 15 to 6am Sunday 17 October
and 10am Friday 22 to 6am Sunday 24 October

Passengers are advised:

  • Services 132 and 151 towards Akeley and Maids Moreton will leave from Western Avenue
  • Services 131, 132 and 151 towards Brackley, Banbury or Thornborough will leave from Western Avenue
  • Local services to Page Hill, Linden Village or Badgers Way will leave from Western Avenue and London Road
  • Service X5 will only serve the London Road ‘Tesco’ stop
  • Services 18, 60 and X60 will divert using Bourton Road and the A413 and serve the ‘Chandos Road’ stops located on London Road
  • Friday Afternoon school journeys:
    • Service 80 will divert via London Road and Western Avenue
    • Service 81 journeys will terminate at ‘Bourton Meadow School’ on the A413
    • Service 83 will serve the ‘Chandos Road’ stop on London Road

Further information is available about road closures and parking.

Buckingham Town Matters Autumn 2021 Newsletter

The Autumn edition of the Buckingham Town Matters newsletter is now out for delivery and will be with residents soon. This edition includes articles on former Buckingham Town Councillors, Where the Money Came from and How we Spent it, Buckingham Volunteers, Future Events, Civic Awards and the Garden of Rest.

If you prefer to listen to your local updates, try our audio version. This edition is read by Buckingham Town Councillor, Ryan Willett.


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