Environment

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Chaired by Councillor Mike Smith

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.

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

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Environment

The Town Council is always keen to work closely with the local community to help make Buckingham the best possible place to live, work and play.
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Volunteers keeping busy during the twice yearly River Rinse campaign.

Town Action Commission – Trees, Hedgerows and Green Spaces

Recently, Buckingham Town Council formed a Town Action Commission to look at ways to protect, create and enhance trees, hedgerows and green spaces in the town. As an output, an action plan was formulated which will be overseen by the Environment Committee. The action plan includes a number of short term, as well as long term actions that will help with this agenda. The action plan can be viewed here along with the full report here.

If you would like to get involved by volunteering as a tree warden, or joining a conservation group, please email: office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or contact Cllr. Ruth Newell via the Town Council Office on 01280 816 426.

Flooding in Buckingham

Flooding is outside the responsibilities of Buckingham Town Council, however as it has a serious impact on the people and businesses of Buckingham, the Town Council has facilitated meetings and discussions between the responsible government departments and agencies on the ongoing topic of “flooding in the Town”.

Below are some useful web sites relating to flooding:
Defra, UK – Flooding & Coastal Change

Environment Agency

Environment Agency Flood Map for Buckingham

Flood Plan UK (A collection of flood information)

National Flood Forum

Environment Agency (formerly National Rivers Authority)

A letter received by the Town Council from the Environment Agency in response to a question about the river Ouse maintenance to prevent flooding in the Buckingham area can be viewed here.

Recycling

Household Waste and Recycling Centre
You can dispose of a wide range of household and garden waste at Bucks County Council’s household waste and recycling centre (often called ‘the tip’). It is located at Yonder Slade, Buckingham Industrial Park, Buckingham MK18 1RZ.

For the majority of householders, in a normal car taking normal garden or household waste in bags there will be no charge. However, for some DIY waste you may need a permit. So please check with Bucks County Council at their website.

To see what can or can’t be recycled at the Centre please check here.

Bulky Household Waste
AVDC offer a collection service for unwanted bulky household items, with up to three items collected for a flat fee of £75. Any additional items are charged at £5 each to a maximum of 8 items in total. The service applies to normal household furniture and electrical equipment only, not DIY waste. For more information, visit their website.

Printer Cartridges
The Buckingham Centre, Verney Close accepts empty printer ink and toner cartridges for recycling.

Batteries
The Buckingham Centre, Verney Close is now accepting your old batteries (but not car).
All domestic batteries (eg watch, phone, torch) and car batteries can be taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

For anything else, please see the County Council’s A – Z of waste items web page here.

Gritting/ Salt Bins

BCC fill up the designated Salt Bins during September/October each year. For more information call 0845 2302882 or email tfb@buckscc.gov.uk

Further BCC Transport for Buckinghamshire – Winter Information can be found on their website

Bucks County Council’s Winter Maintenance of Gritting/Snow routes and Gritter lorry Tracking can be seen here

Committees

The Full Council delegates its services and duties to four Committees. The Full Council oversees these Committees and gives them the authority to make decisions, provide budgets for their delegated duties and make recommendations to the Full Council to make decisions that it is not in the power of the Committee to make.button1
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The Council’s four committees meet on a regular basis throughout the year. There are also three Annual Meetings – the Annual Town Meeting, the Annual Statutory Meeting and the Precept Meeting. All Council and Committee meetings are open to the public and the agendas and minutes of meetings are published on our website, under Past Meetings. For meeting dates, please view our calendar.

Who’s on What Committee

To see which Councillors are on each of the Committees or Sub-Committees click here.

If you would like to view Councillor Profiles and contact details, please visit our Councillors Page

Attendance Records

The documents below show the attendance records for the Buckingham Town Councillors:

2016 – 2017
2015 – 2016
2014 – 2015
2013 – 2014
2012 – 2013
2011 – 2012
2010 – 2011
2009 – 2010
2008 – 2009

COMMUNITY MATTERS

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The Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan is led by Buckingham Town Council to guide and influence the future of Buckingham. The Town Council have also created a Strategic Plan, which highlights what it wishes to achieve in the future, and an Action Plan, which outlines the work that the Town Council want to progress during the coming year.

Just Moved Here?

If you’ve just moved to Buckingham here’s a list of numbers and links that you may find useful, including information on school admissions, household waste collections and registering to vote. To download this list, click here.

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The town’s Christmas Parade is one of many important community events held in Buckingham.