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. The second tier of government for residents of Buckingham is Aylesbury Vale District Council and the third tier is Buckinghamshire County Council.
In 2020 Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council will merge with other local District Councils to become a unitary council: Buckinghamshire Council.
Which Council should I contact?
What Buckingham Town Council is responsible for:
- Many big community events in town
- Buckingham planning application responses
- Bourton and Chandos Parks
- Chandos Park & Cornwalls Meadow public toilets
- Public play areas (Bourton Park, Chandos Park, Otters Brook, Ken Tagg, and Lace Hill Community Centre Play Area.)
- Brackley Road Cemetery & Burials
- Council Chamber & Buckingham Community Hall
- Provision of litter and dog bins (but not emptying)
- Provision of salt bins (but not refilling)
- Stratford Road bus shelter & 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
- Town Map
- Grants to local Organisations
- Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre & sports pitches
- Shopmobility Service
- Devolved Services (grass and verge cutting)
- Tourist Information Centre
What Aylesbury Vale District 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
What Buckinghamshire County Council is 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
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.
Let Aylesbury Vale District Council know you have moved by filling in this online form.
Contact Aylesbury Vale District 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 Aylesbury Vale District Council's electoral department on 01296 585807.
Aylesbury Vale District Council manage household bin collections, while Buckinghamshire County Council manage Buckingham's household waste and recycling centre (the tip).
Household bin collections
You can contact AVDC with rubbish related enquiries on 01296 585 510, or via their website following the links below.
Having bulky items collected from your home AVDC offer a collection service for unwanted bulky household items, with up to three items collected for a flat fee of £75. Any additional items are charged at £5 each to a maximum of 8 items in total. The service applies to normal household furniture and electrical equipment only, not DIY waste.
Buckinghamshire County Council operate the Buckingham Household Waste and Recycling Centre (“the tip”) For the majority of householders, in a normal car taking normal garden or household waste in bags there will be no charge. However, for some DIY waste you may need a permit, so do check the website. BCC also offer a waste permit scheme which allows residents to dispose of certain types of waste at the recycling centre.
A full list of what to recycle where can be a helpful guide (please be aware that recycling locations are listed in alphabetical order.)
For any further queries BCC can be contacted on 01296 395000.
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 Aylesbury Vale District Council's car parks.
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
- AccessAble: disability access guides
- 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.
BCC fill up the designated Salt Bins during September/October each year. For more information call 0845 2302882 or email email@example.com
Transport for Bucks uses Twitter to give live updates on bad weather and gritting.
Bucks County Council also uses a live blog to catalogue winter maintenance of gritting/snow routes and to show gritter lorry tracking.