New Mayor of Buckingham: Annual Statutory Meeting 17th May 2021

The Annual Statutory Meeting of Buckingham Town Council was held on Monday. Due to legislative changes this meeting was held in person and social distanced at Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre.

As the first meeting of the new Mayoral year, the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Buckingham were selected. Cllr. Margaret Gateley will be the Mayor of Buckingham and Cllr. Warren Whyte was chosen as Deputy Mayor. The full 'robing' of the Mayor will take place in public for the first time this year at the Celebrate Buckingham event.

2021 awards were also decided including;

  • Friends of Buckingham
  • Sport and Art Award
  • Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisation of the Year
  • Natural Environment and Climate Champion
  • Mayor's Prize For Outstanding Young Person

These awards will be distributed at the Celebrate Buckingham Day in Bourton Park on 10th July 2021.

Councillors decided that between now and the 21st June only Full Council meetings will take place in person, at Lace Hill. Other committees have become working groups, with the Town Clerk making delegated decisions based on the recommendations of those working groups until changes in restrictions mean in person meetings can be reviewed.

Online Council Meetings

Buckingham Town Council will be holding all council meetings via Zoom until the Government advises that it is safe to resume face to face meetings. The meetings will be broadcast on the Council’s YouTube channel for anyone who wishes to watch.

Members of the public will also be able to directly participate via Zoom during the 15-minute public session at the start of each meeting in the usual way. If you would like to speak during this time or submit a written question please contact the Committee Clerk by emailing committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or calling 01280 823020.

Instructions on how to download and log on via Zoom can be found on the Town Council website where you can also find a full calendar of meetings. Clicking on the meeting you are interested in will open an agenda pack.  At the top of each agenda there is a Zoom meeting code and password to gain access.

Meetings will be streamed on the ‘Buckingham Town Council’ YouTube channel.  They start at 7pm on Monday evenings. The first virtual streamed meeting will be a joint Interim Council/Planning meeting on Monday 20th April. This follows the implementation of section 78 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 which allows meetings to take place online.  The Coronavirus Act also gives the press and public the right to attend meetings virtually.

If you are struggling to gain access or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.