Wheelchair friendly picnic table in Bourton Park.

Buckingham Town Council have installed a new wheelchair and pushchair accessible picnic benches at Bourton Park, thanks to funding from local group, Buckingham AccessforAll. The bench was designed and assembled by the Town Council’s Greenspaces Team using locally source timber.New picnic bench with John Russell from Access 4 All.

Cllr. Ruth Newell, Chair of Environment Committee, said: “This is a great addition to Bourton Park and we thank AccessforAll for funding this Picnic Bench. It looks great and will be well used.”

Mr. Ed Grimsdale, Secretary of AccessforAll said: Our Access Group wanted to set an example by raising some money to buy something which would be useful both for disabled people resident in Buckingham and the town’s visitors. It decided to buy an accessible park bench because there’s a legal duty under the discrimination acts to make such provision but also it’s fun to be included, to be sat with friends around the New picnic bench with Ed Grimsdale from Access 4 Allsame table sharing a picnic in the fresh air. The Town Council’s Estate Manager responded with enthusiasm and suggested that he and his team could design and make a great bench that would be better value and more durable that anything currently on the market. 

Thus, the new, rugged BUCKINGHAM ACCESSIBLE PICNIC BENCH has been built and installed in Bourton Park.”

 

 

Dog Show

Organised by Buckingham Town Council.  Buckingham’s 6th annual Dog Show will be held in Bourton Park on Sunday 8th September from 11am – 3pm. Registration starts at 11am and judging from 12 noon. There will be 9 classes including best in show. Prizes will be awarded for each class. Last year saw between 10 and 20 entrants per class.

This event is aimed at families and educating dog owners as well as having a fun dog show. The event will be held in the paddock in Bourton Park and this year is sponsored by Vets4Pets, The Veterinary Centre, Maids Moreton, Kimberley Cox Dog Training, Leaders Letting and Estate Agents and Woofs and Washes. There will also be information stalls from groups such as the local vets and Medical Detection Dogs.

Kimberley Cox Dog training will be organising a Dog Scurry.

 

Buckingham Town Council keep their Council Tax increase to 10p per household

 
Buckingham Town Council has voted to only increase the Council Tax raised by the Council on residents in 2019/20 by 10p per household.  At the Town Council meeting on Monday 14 January councillors voted to use £8,586 from reserves towards the coming year’s budget to keep the rise as low as possible.  The total amount raised through Council Tax by the Town Council in 2019/20 will be £852,777.  This equates to an increase of 10p per week for a band D property, a rise of £5.26 or 3.3%.  The Town Council also raises funding through charges, for example for use of rooms in the Lace Hill Community Centre, for burials and by charging the County Council for services provided on its behalf.
The additional funding will be used to install new fencing round the Bourton Park play area and dog-proof gates for Lace Hill Park. The Council will begin to pay for the purchase and development of the new cemetery and allotment site. The Council provides additional services to those run by neighbouring councils, including the Tourist Information Centre, Shopmobility, Lace Hill Community Centre and the annual fireworks display.
The Town Mayor, Jon Harvey, said, I am really pleased that the Town Council have been able to keep our Council Tax increase so low. The Town Council is providing a wide and increasing range of services for the town while ensuring we have the finances in place to purchase and develop the new cemetery and allotments.”
The other Councils, Crime & Police Commissioner and Fire Authority set their own Council Tax rates and increases.

Bourton Park Survey

 
The Council has recently carried out a survey as part of the process in writing a Management Plan for Bourton Park. The Council wanted to understand how and what the community values in Bourton Park and what peoples’ suggestions were for the future of the popular greenspace. The consultation was created online and advertised for three weeks via social media. A link to the summary report can be found here.