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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- If after the first vote no candidate has a majority of votes, the candidate(s) with the least votes will be withdrawn, and a second vote taken of the remaining candidates.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.
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Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre
The Lace Hill Community Centre has been closed since the beginning of the lockdown. The Centre will now open for hirers who can meet the current guidelines. Unfortunately, we are not yet allowed to open centre for sporting activities, or to open the changing rooms. A range of safety measures have been put in place, including ensuring hirers can maintain social distancing, and an additional cleaning regime. It is hoped that most hirers will return by September.
Tourist Information Centre
The Tourist Information Centre, in the front of the Old Gaol, will also reopen from Saturday 4th July. The Centre will now be open 7 days a week; it was agreed earlier in the year to trial summer opening on Sundays to improve the service to weekend visitors to the town. Measures have been put in place to prevent and reduce any risks. Queries can also be made via phone during opening hours: 10am-4pm on 01280 823020.
Buckingham Shopmobility is still closed until further notice.
Chandos Park Toilets
After the reopening of most other public toilets in Buckingham on Thursday 18th June, we’re pleased to announce that the toilets in Chandos Park will also be fully reopened from Saturday 4th July.
Additional measures have been put in place to ensure they are as safe as possible for use. An additional daily clean has been introduced and high visibility signage will be prominent, advising users to thoroughly wash their hands and to maintain social distancing in accordance with the government guidelines.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01280 816426.
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.
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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.
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 email@example.com
Buckingham Town Council carried out its first online Mayoral election and robing ceremony on Monday 11th May 2020. Councillor Geraldine Collins was elected unanimously as the new Town Mayor, and formally robed by her husband Councillor Paddy Collins in their home during an online meeting which was watched over YouTube by residents and friends in Buckingham and overseas. Paddy Collins will be the Mayor’s consort for the year.
Councillor Collins is the first Mayor of Buckingham to have been elected and robed online.
During the meeting Councillor Howard Mordue – the longest serving Town Councillor – explained the history behind the Mayor’s chain, and the other regalia.
A video of the ceremony can be viewed from the Council’s YouTube channel.
Geraldine is keen to support local groups during these difficult times, and would welcome invitations to take part in events even if they are happening online!
Councillor Collins said:
“At this time of year, we usually have a variety of events in our town to look forward to and at these I would normally be able to meet many of you and your families. Sadly, many of these events have had to be cancelled. At these events we pass around our buckets to raise funds for the Mayor’s charities, I hope we can find some alternative ways to support our local groups and charities until such time as we can all get together again, which I look forward to very much.
I spent many years during my nursing career in children’s nursing and during this time became aware of the emotional difficulties many children and young people face alongside the physical illness. In the adult side I saw the same difficulties and saw the challenges faced in supporting and helping all concerned. This is why the charities I have chosen to raise funds for this year are:
- Clearly Speaking who are a great support to children, young people and their families, dealing with a variety of emotional needs; i.e. autistic spectrum disorders, learning difficulties anxiety disorders, depression, communication and mental health and the
- Kit Cat Club who also support children and their families through very difficult times.” Many of these problems have been exacerbated during this present crisis.
For more information about the Mayor and her chosen charities, visit the Mayor of Buckingham page.
Dog Walkers asked to do their bit to ensure Social Distancing
Buckingham Town Council are asking dog owners to keep their dog on a lead at all times whilst in public places. Keeping your dogs on a lead will ensure that all park visitors comply with the Government’s advice on social distancing – requiring people to remain two metres apart.
Current Government advice states:
‘If walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should walk your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others. You can find further guidance for pet owners at
We understand our beloved canine friends need a good dose of daily exercise but our Green Spaces Team are reporting that there has been an increase in people seen with dogs off leads. This is very worrying and we are urging you to please stick to the restrictions in our parks. There are posters throughout the parks reminding people to keep their dogs on a lead and under control. We are aware that this is an unwelcome change for some dog owners but we must all do our bit during these challenging times.
1. For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 823020, firstname.lastname@example.org