The Town Council is the tier of local government closest to the people, providing a wide range of services and facilities including the Brackley Road Cemetery, parks and green spaces, Shopmobility and many others.
Buckingham is also served by Buckinghamshire Council, who deliver other services like schools, road maintenance and bin collections.
Which Council should I contact?
What Buckingham Town Council is responsible for:
- Community events including the Fringe, Bonfire & Fireworks and many more.
- Bourton Park
- Chandos Park
- Chandos Park and Cornwalls Meadow public toilets
- Public play areas (Bourton Park, Chandos Park, Otters Brook, Ken Tagg, and Lace Hill Community Centre)
- Brackley Road Cemetery and burials
- Council Chamber & maintenance of Buckingham Community Center
- Lace Hill Sports and Community Center and sports pitches.
- Stratford Road bus shelter and maintenance of High Street bus shelter.
- Christmas lights and High Street pea lights
- Planters and hanging baskets
- Markets (Street, Flea & Speciality)
- Railway and Circular Walks
- Grants to local organisations
- Shopmobility service
- Devolved services (grass and verge cutting)
- Tourist Information Centre
- Buckingham planning application responses
- Provision of litter and dog bins (but not emptying)
- Provision of salt bins (but not refilling)
- Town maps
Buckinghamshire Council came into being on the 1st April 2020 and will now be running all services previously run by Buckinghamshire County Council, Aylesbury Vale District Council and other district councils across the county.
What Buckinghamshire Council is responsible for:
- Administration of Council Tax
- Social Housing (via Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust) & Homelessness
- Household waste and recycling collection
- Environmental Health (including noise, nuisance and pest control)
- Emergency Planning and flood prevention
- Licensing (alcohol, public entertainment, taxis)
- Leisure Services
- Planning Applications decisions and forward planning
- Planning Enforcement
- Conservation areas, listed and historic buildings
- Off-Street Parking & Public car parking areas
- Open Spaces (including Bridge Street Skate Park, Overn Crescent, Wittmills Oak and Stratford Fields, Moreton Road Play Area)
- Hunter Street Churchyard
- Grass cutting & horticulture
- Trees – protection, condition & safety
- Road sweeping and litter picking
- Dog & litter bin emptying
- Clearing fly-tipping
- Bus Shelter (High Street)
- Moreton Road Public Toilets
- Swan Pool and all-weather pitch
- Bulky Item Collection
They are also responsible for:
- Maintenance of pavements, roads & drainage
- On-Street parking, Parking restrictions, speed limits and road closures
- Road signs and street furniture such as traffic lights
- Street lighting
- Education including Adult and Further Education and Student Grants
- Public Transport including school buses
- Rights of Way, Public Footpaths, Cycleways and Bridle Paths
- Social Services including care of children and the elderly
- Blue Badges
- Public Health
- Youth Services
- Strategic Planning (transport, waste disposal)
- Household Waste and Recycling Centre (“the tip”)
- Bus passes
- Buckingham Library
For inquiries about any of the above services call 01895 837200
Just Moved Here?
If you’ve just moved to Buckingham here’s a list of numbers and links that you may find useful, including information on school admissions, household waste collections and registering to vote.
Contact Buckinghamshire Council for help with Council Tax including how to pay, banding and reductions. You can also call them on 01296 585299.
Make sure you have registered to vote. You can register to vote online or if you prefer, you can call Buckinghamshire Council's electoral department on 01296 585807.
A new Waste Wizard widget have been developed to help you find the nearest place to recycle or dispose of your waste, give it a try below:
Household bin collections
You can contact Buckinghamshire Council with rubbish related enquiries on 01296 585 510, or via their website.
The Buckingham Centre, Verney Close accepts empty printer ink and toner cartridges for recycling.
The Buckingham Centre, Verney Close is now accepting your old batteries (but not car).
All domestic batteries (eg watch, phone, torch) and car batteries can be taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
For information about parking including Cornwalls Meadow carpark visit Buckinghamshire Council's website.
Buckingham is a very easy town to walk and cycle around. For more information about footpath and cycle routes view our walk and cycle guides.
Local bus timetables are available via Traveline South East.
If you are looking for a local NHS GP, dentist or other local service in the area you can use the NHS find a service function. Simply enter your postcode and the kind of medical service you are looking for.
Buckingham Town Council provides new residents to our town with a welcome pack, if you’d like a copy please visit the Tourist Information Centre or contact the Town Council Office on 01280 816426 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The welcome pack includes information about:
- Buckingham Town Councillors
- The Flood Warning Service
- Buckingham Library
- Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre
- History of Buckingham and the Charter Fair
- Annual Town Council Events
- Buckingham Tourist Information Centre
- Latest Buckingham Town Matters newsletter
- Walking maps of Buckingham
- The Old Gaol
- Buckingham Markets
Additional information about accessibility can also be found via AccessAble an accessibility checker.
Flooding in Buckingham
Flooding is outside the responsibilities of Buckingham Town Council, however as it has a serious impact on the people and businesses of Buckingham, the Town Council has facilitated meetings and discussions between the responsible government departments and agencies on the ongoing topic of “flooding in the Town”.
Below are some useful web sites relating to flooding:
- River maintenance, flooding & coastal change
- Flooding and extreme weather
- Check your flood risk
- Environment Agency Flood Map for Buckingham
- National Flood Forum
- Environment Agency (formerly National Rivers Authority)
In 2011 the Town Council wrote to the Environment Agency in response to a question about the River Great Ouse maintenance and received this response highlighting the flood risk to the area.
Transport for Bucks fill up the designated Salt Bins during September/October each year. For more information call 0845 2302882.
Transport for Bucks uses Twitter to give live updates on bad weather and gritting.
Transport for Bucks also uses a live blog to catalogue winter maintenance of gritting/snow routes and to show gritter lorry tracking.