For some years, Buckingham Town Council has been campaigning for all roads within the bypass to be 30mph and lit, so they were disappointed by Buckinghamshire Council’s recent decision to reduce the speed limit on Tingewick Road to only 40mph.
The Town Council’s Planning Committee considers it imperative to implement the s106 agreement for St Rumbold’s Fields immediately so that residents of this 400-dwelling estate will be able to access the London Road schools and the industrial estate in safety on foot or by bicycle. The route of the old railway – the Scenic Walk at the Tingewick Road end, and Railway Walk from the University’s car park to the bypass – is intended to become a combined cycle and pedestrian path with streetlighting, which will have access to Chandos Road via a ‘permissive path’ link through the University’s land.
The s106 agreement states that the details of the footway/cycleway works should have been agreed, laid out and constructed before any occupation of the housing and that deadline passed some time ago. It will involve drainage works as well as the path construction and will take some time to construct once the details have been agreed. Meanwhile, schoolchildren and employees of companies on the Industrial Park will have to negotiate the mud and rough surface of the Scenic Walk – or cross a 40mph road to use the footpath on the north side of Tingewick Road to go through the town. The other option is to use the car, adding to the traffic on the bypass.
Councillor Mark Cole JP, Chairman of the Planning Committee, said: “We will continue to push for the speed limit to be lowered to 30mph, but meantime we call on the developers to meet their obligation under the s106 agreement to construct this much-needed footpath. If it is not usable for pedestrians and cyclists, then car use will increase, against all national and local initiatives to get people out of their cars.”
Buckingham Town Council’s Planning Committee has not hesitated to support an application from the University of Buckingham to permit the use of the 156-seat ground floor lecture theatre in the Vinson Building by The Film Place on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Film Place, Buckingham’s local cinema, has been using a lecture theatre in the Chandos Road Building since 2005, but access for the less able is more difficult, and the move will open up more of the Vinson Building for public use, as outlined in its own planning application in 2016. Eight new parking places, are to be provided at the southern end of the Building, close to two existing blue badge bays, and any overflow can be accommodated in the island car park.
We look forward to promoting approval of this application by Buckinghamshire Council, and to the Opening Night at the new venue.
Cllr. Mark Cole JP, Chairman of the Planning Committee, said “this further strengthens the ongoing relationship between Town and Gown, and we are grateful to the Vice-Chancellor to agreeing to accommodate the cinema in this wonderful building, which already welcomes the public to its other facilities”.
As the warmer weather returns, the Town Council is reminding visitors to its parks that barbecues are not permitted in Buckingham’s parks and green spaces. Unfortunately, in recent years, our team and the local Fire Brigade have had to deal with the damage that resulted from discarded or uncontrolled BBQs. With the current extremely dry conditions it is essential to avoid open flames.
Barbecues regularly leave behind scorched patches of burned grass that take months to recover and damage our beautiful surroundings.
Everyone who visits Buckingham’s parks and green spaces should also make sure they bag up their rubbish and take it home where it can be recycled or disposed of responsibly. This will help to reduce litter and protect wild animals who can become trapped and entangled in dumped items.
We want everyone to enjoy themselves during the summer in our parks and greenspaces. So please, pack up a picnic and fill up a cool-bag for a day in the park – but please dispose of your litter properly and leave your barbecues at home.
Cllr. Ryan Willett, Vice-Chair of the Environment Committee said “I recognise the weather is beautiful at the moment and people want to enjoy our parks with their friends and family but please remember to take your rubbish home with you and avoid using disposable barbeques as it can quickly ruin our lovely sensory and harm our wildlife.”
In the run-up to the final of the UEFA Women’s European Championships 2022, Buckingham Town Council flew St. George’s flags across the town centre to show support for the England squad.
After a very tense and challenging game between England and Germany that took place on Sunday 31st July, the lionesses managed to win the tournament and secure a place in history and in our hearts! They showcased oodles of talent and we are very proud of what they have achieved. It has been a pleasure to be so close to the hub of some of the games and see mascots, some of which live in Buckingham and play for the local football clubs, representing the country and the England team.
Town Mayor, Cllr. Margaret Gateley said “What a fantastic, if nail-biting, match it was on Sunday evening! Well done to the amazing England Women’s Football Team! Buckingham was supporting them with England flags displayed in the town centre, as well as local team mascots at Wembley. What a boost it was for women’s football! Well done the Lionesses!”