From Saturday 19th December Buckingham will be a Tier 3 area. This means that there is a very high or very rapidly rising level of Coronavirus Covid-19 infections.
There will be some changes due to Buckingham Town Council services because of the new restrictions, while other services continue:
- The Tuesday and Saturday Market will continue to run (apart from Boxing Day)
- The Flea Market will not be running.
- Play areas, outdoor multi-use games areas and outdoor gym equipment will stay open, and the green spaces team will continue working as usual.
- The Tourist Information Centre and the Tourist Information Centre phone line will be closed.
- Shopmobility will continue to be open and available on Saturdays.
- Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre bookings can continue where permitted.
- The Town Council office remains closed to drop in visitors.
- The cemetery is available for interments as usual and in line with restrictions.
Many local businesses are offering delivery or click and collect options. If you can, please support your community by buying local this Christmas.
Contacting the Town Council over the Christmas break
If you need to contact the Council over the break, you can call 01280 816 426 between 9.30 am and 4 pm on the following days:
- Monday 21st December
- Tuesday 22nd December
- Wednesday 23rd December
- Tuesday 29th December
- Wednesday 30th December
Normal services will resume on Monday 4th January 2021.
Finally, we wish you the best possible time over the Christmas holiday.
We know this is a really tough time for many local residents, families and businesses. If you are struggling and need help, please reach out and ask for support.
Following the introduction of the requirement to wear facemasks in shops Buckingham Town Council have arranged for the Buckingham Tourist Information Centre to support local businesses by selling locally made face coverings from a variety of different makers. Pin Clothing have a variety of different fabrics in small medium and large for £6. LW Creations are selling a variety of masks for £3.50. The Town are not seeking to compete with local businesses, but to promote local traders.
Town Council staff will be wearing visors when dealing with members of the public. However everyone is encouraged to keep maintain a distance of 2m at all times. Visors are being used because they enable residents to see facial expressions, and lip readers to understand what is being said.
Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee, said, “I am pleased that the Tourist Information Centre is supporting residents in this way by enabling access to locally made masks in the town centre. “
Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre
The Lace Hill Community Centre has been closed since the beginning of the lockdown. The Centre will now open for hirers who can meet the current guidelines. Unfortunately, we are not yet allowed to open centre for sporting activities, or to open the changing rooms. A range of safety measures have been put in place, including ensuring hirers can maintain social distancing, and an additional cleaning regime. It is hoped that most hirers will return by September.
Tourist Information Centre
The Tourist Information Centre, in the front of the Old Gaol, will also reopen from Saturday 4th July. The Centre will now be open 7 days a week; it was agreed earlier in the year to trial summer opening on Sundays to improve the service to weekend visitors to the town. Measures have been put in place to prevent and reduce any risks. Queries can also be made via phone during opening hours: 10am-4pm on 01280 823020.
Buckingham Shopmobility is still closed until further notice.
Chandos Park Toilets
After the reopening of most other public toilets in Buckingham on Thursday 18th June, we’re pleased to announce that the toilets in Chandos Park will also be fully reopened from Saturday 4th July.
Additional measures have been put in place to ensure they are as safe as possible for use. An additional daily clean has been introduced and high visibility signage will be prominent, advising users to thoroughly wash their hands and to maintain social distancing in accordance with the government guidelines.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.