Environment

The Town Council is always keen to work closely with the local community to help make Buckingham the best possible place to live, work and play.
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Volunteers keeping busy during the twice yearly River Rinse campaign.

Town Action Commission – Trees, Hedgerows and Green Spaces

Recently, Buckingham Town Council formed a Town Action Commission to look at ways to protect, create and enhance trees, hedgerows and green spaces in the town. As an output, an action plan was formulated which will be overseen by the Environment Committee. The action plan includes a number of short term, as well as long term actions that will help with this agenda. The action plan can be viewed here along with the full report here.

If you would like to get involved by volunteering as a tree warden, or joining a conservation group, please email: office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or contact Cllr. Ruth Newell via the Town Council Office on 01280 816 426.

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:
Defra, UK – Flooding & Coastal Change

Environment Agency

Environment Agency Flood Map for Buckingham

Flood Plan UK (A collection of flood information)

National Flood Forum

Environment Agency (formerly National Rivers Authority)

A letter received by the Town Council from the Environment Agency in response to a question about the river Ouse maintenance to prevent flooding in the Buckingham area can be viewed here.

Recycling

Household Waste and Recycling Centre
You can dispose of a wide range of household and garden waste at Bucks County Council’s household waste and recycling centre (often called ‘the tip’). It is located at Yonder Slade, Buckingham Industrial Park, Buckingham MK18 1RZ.

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 please check with Bucks County Council at their website.

To see what can or can’t be recycled at the Centre please check here.

Bulky Household Waste
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. For more information, visit their website.

Printer Cartridges
The Buckingham Centre, Verney Close accepts empty printer ink and toner cartridges for recycling.

Batteries
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 anything else, please see the County Council’s A – Z of waste items web page here.

Gritting/ Salt Bins

BCC fill up the designated Salt Bins during September/October each year. For more information call 0845 2302882 or email tfb@buckscc.gov.uk

Further BCC Transport for Buckinghamshire – Winter Information can be found on their website

Bucks County Council’s Winter Maintenance of Gritting/Snow routes and Gritter lorry Tracking can be seen here

Community Plans

Here you will find details of the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan (BNDP), the Buckingham Plan and the Action Plan
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The Mayor of Buckingham outside the Polling Station
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Referendum Launch
Hard copy of consultation version
The Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan
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Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan

The public referendum for the Neighbourhood Plan took place on the 17th September 2015 and the result was in favour of Aylesbury Vale District Council using the Buckingham Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

Total number of votes cast: 2015
Number cast in favour of a “YES”: 1840
Number cast in favour of a “NO”: 173
Number of ballots rejected as being unmarked or void for uncertainty: 2
Turnout: 21.45%

You can read the decision statement here

The ‘BNDP’ is being led by Buckingham Town Council to guide and influence the future of Buckingham.

Neighbourhood Plans are part of the planning system and carry legal weight to challenge development. Because they are a part of the actual planning system, Neighbourhood Plans must be robustly prepared and meet specific requirements, therefore there are several supporting documents which form part of the final plan, all of which can be downloaded or viewed on this page. The purpose of each report is explained in the introduction.

The BNDP has undertaken its ‘Pre-Submission Consultation’ which ended on 5th March 2015. After this the BNDP was submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council who carried out their own six week consultation. Following this the Plan was passed to an independent examiner who had to decide if the Plan could progress on to a public referendum. The referendum took place on the 17th September 2015 and electors of the Town were able to vote on the culmination of 4 years’ work and consultation on the town’s plan. Details and supporting documents are available here.

The Plan and related documents are available below, a hard copy is available at Buckingham Library (Verney Close, Buckingham MK18 1JP)  or you can download the BNDP here.

The Buckingham Plan – a vision for a vibrant market town

The Buckingham Plan was published four years ago to put forward the town’s aspirations and ambitions for its future to Aylesbury Vale District Council.

The planning system fundamentally changed in 2012, however many aspects of the 2008 plan will no doubt still be relevant.

The Buckingham Plan and its associated action plans are still available to download for information.

Action Plan

The Town Council have created a Strategic Plan highlighting what it wishes to achieve in the future. The Strategic Plan can be accessed here

As part of this Strategic Plan the Town Council have also created an Action Plan which can be downloaded here. This outlines the work that the Town Council wants to progress during the coming year to make our town a better place to live, work and play.