Staffing (Confidential Matters) Committee

Chaired by Councillor Lisa O’Donoghue

The Committee is responsible for the Town Council’s functions:

  • Advising the Town Clerk on confidential matters relating to the discipline, capability and sickness management of staff employed by the Town Clerk
  • Establishing a panel of members to hear formal cases of misconduct or capability as required by relevant council policies

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⇒ Terms of Reference for Staffing Committee

Upcoming Staffing Committee Meetings

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Annual Meetings

There are three annual Town Council meetings; the Annual Town Meeting, the Annual Statutory Meeting and the Precept.

Annual Town Meeting

Last year we trialled a new format. Buckingham Town Council hosted a virtual ATM meeting on the Town Council’s Facebook page, starting the week beginning Monday 5th March 2018. Residents were invited, via a variety of media, to post questions or comment under discussion topics and Town Councillors and Officers were encouraged to respond, with full answers being provided at the Annual Town Meeting. The evening meeting was held on the 21st March and was run in an Open Space format; all that needed to be discussed, was. Everyone was very welcome!

A summary of the event can be found here.

We hoped that our revised format would encourage participation from a wider range of our community and we sincerely hope you are able to support future events.

Annual Statutory Meeting

The Annual Statutory Meeting in May is the first meeting of the municipal year. The elections of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor take place at this meeting.

Preceptsidebar

The Precept meeting is the meeting which determines the tax that Buckingham Town Council will request via Aylesbury Vale District Council to be collected from the eligible households in the Buckingham Town Council catchment area.

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Town Centre and Events

Chaired by Councillor Terry Bloomfield

The Town Centre & Events Committee organises many of the events held in Buckingham such as the Pancake Race, Food Fair, Comedy Nights, Christmas Light Switch On and River Rinses. It also facilitates the Charter Fair, Music In The Market and Bandjam as well as the Christmas Parade by organising the road closures and undertaking other tasks associated with the events.
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Hanging baskets and planters are organised by the committee every year. It has worked hard over the last few years to provide the Christmas motifs and icicle lights.

Over the years, the committee has built up a very good working relationship with external organisations including the Police, organisers of the music events and those that help to make each event a success.

Details of events can be found in our Buckingham Town Matters newsletter and on our Events Page.

 Town Centre & Events Committee Terms of Reference

Upcoming Town Centre & Events Committee Meetings

  • 15th October 2018 Agenda
  • 3rd December 2018 Agenda

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Environment

Chaired by Councillor Margaret Gateley

The Town Council’s Environment Committee is authorised by the Full Council to take responsibility for the protection and improvement of the town. We make recommendations to the Full Council regarding any land or property purchases or sales, seeking professional advice where appropriate.
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We keep an eye on work required to footpaths, pavements, cycle-ways, roads,
waterways, horticultural and arboriculture works, street furniture (seats, planters and waste bins), play areas, and play equipment.

However, not all of this falls within the Town Council remit, so we liaise closely with our District and County Council partners on the maintenance of those items for which they have specific responsibility.

Much of our ‘estate’ comprises Chandos and Bourton Parks, the Railway Walk and other open spaces. Apart from ensuring that these areas are properly maintained, we work closely with the Conservation Volunteers and various ‘friends’ groups to maintain and improve these valuable resources and protect the indigenous wild life.

⇒ Terms of Reference for Environment Committee

Upcoming Environment Committee Meetings

  • 22nd October 2018 Agenda
  • 10th December 2018 Agenda

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Planning

Chaired by Councillor Mark Cole JP

This committee has four key roles:
It reviews every planning application, considers tree applications, takes part in various district and regional consultations where they may impact on Buckingham (such as housing, transport, leisure and economic development) and most recently, leads the production of the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan.

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The Town Council is a statutory consultee, and reviews all planning applications advising AVDC should they not meet local requirements and aspirations. However, it should be noted that Aylesbury Vale District Council makes the final decision on all planning applications, and does not always agree with the Town Council’s comments. If you write to the District Council to support or object to an application, it would be helpful if you also provided a copy of the letter to the Town Council.

The Planning Committee is the lead body producing the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan as a Frontrunner authority. The Neighbourhood Plan is the successor of the 2008-09 ‘Buckingham Plan’ that the committee also produced. For details of both plans, see our Community Plans page.

⇒ Planning Committee Terms of Reference
⇒ Map outlining Buckingham’s Conservation Area

Helpful planning websites

Upcoming Planning Committee Meetings

  • 8th October 2018 Agenda
  • 29th October 2018 Agenda
  • 26 November 2018 Agenda
  • 17th December 2018 Agenda

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Full Council

Chaired by the Mayor, Cllr Jon Harvey

Full Council meetings are held every seven weeks. However, if there is urgent business which needs to be transacted, then an Interim Council meeting will be held.  
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The Chairman of the Council is elected at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council in May and has the title of Mayor. They are then the Mayor of the Town for one year and may be re-elected Mayor again.

The Full Council deals with important business which affects the whole town. It oversees the Committees of the Council. The Council also receive reports from local District and County Councillors and bodies to which it appoints representatives.

⇒ Standing Orders

Upcoming Full Council Meetings

  • 29th October  2018 (Interim) Agenda
  • 19th November 2018 Agenda
  • 17th December 2018 (Interim) Agenda

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