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.
This cemetery is owned, maintained and managed by Buckingham Town Council. On this page are a number of documents that are required when a burial plot is to be used at the cemetery. Further information and confidential help can be obtained from the burial officer at Buckingham Town Council.
The town’s cemetery is at Brackley Road, Buckingham (nearest postcode – MK18 1JA). See Location
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For cemetery enquiries please contact us on:
Tel: 01280 816 801 (lines open @ 9am Monday to Friday)
Documents required for cemetery work/requests:
The Town Council have carried out extensive research and scientific processes, as a result of which it has been determined that there is very little burial space remaining in the cemetery. This is due to the depth of soil in the remaining sections of the cemetery extension. As a result burial space is limited and currently there is no capacity to allow pre-purchasing of full burial spaces. The new Garden of Rest which caters for ashes spaces and ensures that these can be provided for many years.Currently the Town Council hopes to secure a new cemetery site within the next two years. Initial work in the form of environmental assessments has taken place which will allow an area next to the A421 to be used as a new cemetery.
Memorial Testing at Brackley Road Cemetery
Buckingham has a distinguished historic cemetery that is over 150 years old which Buckingham Town Council is responsible for maintaining. As part of its commitment to providing an attractive and safe cemetery for its visitors, the Town Council has started to assess the safety of memorials in the cemetery.
The Town Council is going to undertake a programme of memorial safety testing in the cemetery which will be done in an appropriate and sensitive manner. This will be an on-going process, conducted on a yearly basis, with all of the memorials being tested over a five year period. The holder of the grave deed is ultimately responsible for the maintenance of the memorial; a list of any unsafe memorials will be made available on the Town Council website and at the cemetery. The council would like to stress that if any unsafe memorials are found they will not be laid flat unless there is no alternative to making them temporarily safe until they can be repaired.
Deed holders of burial plots in the cemetery are asked to update the Town Council with their current address, especially if it has changed since being issued with the original burial deed.
The Town Council will answer any questions anyone has about the memorial testing at the cemetery. Please contact: Lee Phillips on 01280 816 801 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org