Family Hunt Event

The Family Hunt event is part of play around the parishes and has been organised by Buckinghamshire Council and is supported by Buckingham Town Council. The Family Hunt will run from Monday 27th July to Sunday 9th August and the theme is Summer Fun. This is a Free Event. Please note that the theme will change on Monday 10th August but details regarding the change in theme will soon follow.

The Family Hunt will take place in Bourton Park and there will be many clues for families to find. You will need to look around the park to find the summer related picture. Each character has a letter, write the letter down by their picture below to find out what the message is. Download the message finder sheet so you can work out the answers to the secret message.

Summer Message Finder – A4 answer sheet (1) (3

 

 

Buckingham Town Council’s New Councillor

Buckingham Town Council has a new Councillor in the Council’s first online vote to fill a Councillor’s seat on Monday 13th July. The vacancy arose following the sad death of Derrick Isham earlier this year. It was not permitted to hold a full election due to Covid 19 restrictions on public ballots. The meeting was watched by residents live over the Council’s YouTube channel.

Councillor Ahmed said:

“I am delighted to have been voted in for the role of Buckingham Town Councillor and want to thank all the Councillors who voted for me. This year it has been 30 years since I moved to Buckingham. I was one of the last boarders at the Royal Latin School. My parents were so taken by Buckingham that they decided to move here themselves.  I moved back permanently to raise my own family 12 years ago. And I’m very happy to have both my sons also attending the Royal Latin School. 

I’d never have thought of applying for the role of Councillor, until one of my sons told me about the vacancy after the tragic death of Derek Isham. I remember my predecessor Derek Isham well, not only for being a great Councillor and Mayor but he was also our plumber when I was a child.  Buckingham has always been a great place to live and raise a family in. Its history, culture, many small shops, cafes and restaurants teamed with the excellent schools, sporting clubs and great outdoor places make it easy to understand why it has grown considerably as a town over the years and attracted so many new people. 

I applied for the role of Councillor so I could help make our town a better place for its residents and balance its history and culture with the modern world. I also want to hear more about the issues that local people face and bring some diversity to the Council. I am particularly interested in hearing about issues faced by younger and minority residents of Buckingham. I am keen to look into the impact of climate change and how we as community can do our part to save our planet. And during these difficult times, I think it is vitally important to help our local businesses and industry. My areas of interest are not just limited to the aforementioned, but also many other issues which affect our residents. I am very grateful for this opportunity and will do my best for the people of Buckingham.”

Successfully co-opted candidates become Councillors in their own right, with immediate effect, and are no different to any other member, except that they are not eligible to receive an annual allowance, having not been elected by public ballot.

The list of candidates and their statements can be seen in the agenda pack for the meeting, which has been published on the Town Council’s website: www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk.  The meeting can still be viewed on the Town Council’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89BUTwVpjAOEIdSlfcZC9Q/ .

Discover Buckingham – Buckingham’s new tourism website

Buckingham Town Council is delighted to announce the launch of Buckingham’s new website for visitors and tourists, www.discoverbuckingham.uk. Buckingham Tourist Information Centre reopened on the 4th July

Buckingham Town Council are committed to helping Buckingham based businesses through this difficult time and to ensure Buckingham is fully open for business.  The new website will encourage people to come to the town to shop, dine, stay and visit the numerous attractions in and around Buckingham.

The TIC is 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.  This year Buckingham will have had a Tourist Information Centre in the town for 25 years. A knowledgeable team are on hand to discuss everything that you need to do locally and have a wide range of tickets for sale for major events in the area.  The TIC was taken on by the Town Council in 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.  This summer, the TIC will be on Sundays for the first time, in response to the number of visitors to the town seeking advice and information over the weekend.

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 around Buckingham.

If you have an event, attraction, shop, restaurant or hotel that you would like to add to this website please email at tic@buckinghamp-tc.gov.uk or phone 01280 823020 and we will be happy to help.

The Old Gaol Museum remains closed at this time.

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee, said:

 I’m very pleased That Buckingham Town Council officers are working in conjunction with members of the Economic Development Working Group who are continuing to promote Buckingham through the Tourist Information Centre. The provision on this new website, which was created in-house, is another part of the Council’s positive journey to develop the promotion of Buckingham’s appeal for tourists and businesses both within Buckinghamshire and nationally.” 

New Councillor to be chosen in live streamed meeting

To watch the Co-option live, join our YouTube Channel at 7pm on Monday 21st July. 

Buckingham Town Council will choose a new Councillor in the Council’s first online vote to fill a Councillor’s seat on Monday night. The vacancy arose following the sad death of Derrick Isham earlier this year.  It is not permitted to hold a full election due to Covid-19 restrictions on public ballots. The Town Council are therefore going to co-opt a new Councillor during their online meeting to be held on Monday 13th July from 7pm.

An unprecedented 7 local people have applied for the role.  Each candidate has provided a written statement, and will be able to speak for up to two minutes, after which Councillors will question the candidates.

How the voting works:

  • The Mayor will place the names of candidates in alphabetical order and proceed to vote.
  • A successful candidate must have received an absolute majority vote by those Councillors present.
  • If after the first vote no candidate has a majority of votes, the candidate(s) with the least votes will be withdrawn, and a second vote taken of the remaining candidates. This may be repeated several times until one candidate receives a majority of votes.
  • The Chair (Town Mayor) has the casting vote.

 

Successfully co-opted candidates become Councillors in their own right, with immediate effect, and are no different to any other member, except that they are not eligible to receive an annual allowance, having not been elected by public ballot. The co-opted member will be asked to sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office either before or at the next meeting, to agree to be bound by the Council’s adopted Code of Conduct. They may then be appointed to a committee and as a representative to local organisations. A full election for all 17 Town Council seats will take place in May 2021.

A Little Bit of Colour Goes a Long Way

A little bit of colour was added to Buckingham Town Centre this week by the Town Council. Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Councillor Andy Mahi said ‘as we are slowly coming out of lock down it is nice to have something bright and cheerful in the town centre’.

The Town Centre & Events Committee has decided that there will not be the usual summer hanging baskets and planters this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the fact that the hanging baskets need to be watered daily. The Green Spaces Team are only carrying out priority work at this time.

The planters in the town centre have been set with geraniums which need less maintenance and the flower beds outside the Sorting Office have been planted with Canna lilies along with geraniums.

The Town Council would like to thank Dave, a member of the public who has planted up the old cattle trough in the cattle pens with summer bedding plants.

If in the future you would like to sponsor a new flower bed or any of the existing planters, please contact Events Coordinator, Amanda Brubaker by e-mail events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk  or on 01280 816426.

 

 

 

 

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.

Complete the business consultation via SurveyMonkey

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