Over £30,000 to be given to local groups in Buckingham as Town Council Grants

A number of fantastic projects were chosen for grant funding from Buckingham Town Council this year.  Last year the Town Council carried out a review of the support the Council provides to the community and voluntary groups in the town.  As a result, the Town Council offered four-year grants for the first time.  The Council received a good number of strong applications.  More long-term grants have been awarded in previous years, providing local organisations with some secure funding to enable them to plan ahead.

This year there was an increase in the number of environmental projects applying for funding, including for solar panels to be installed at Buckingham Town Cricket Club and upgrading outdoor floodlighting at Buckingham Tennis Club to more environmentally friendly LED versions.

A full list of the projects funded is below:

Four-year projects:

Please note each four-year grant amount includes an annual 3.5% uplift.

Group

 

amount awarded 2022 – 2026

Citizens Advice Bucks

Free qualified advice for anyone in need through the Buckingham office.

£5,750

Buckingham Youth Clubs

After school and holiday youth clubs for young people.

£5,200

Chandos Park Bowls Club

Bowls Green maintenance

£1,000

Buckingham Summer Festival

Annual Festival Gala Concert

£2,000

Buckingham Fairtrade Steering Group

Promotion of Buckingham as a Fairtrade Town

£373

Buckingham Old Gaol Trust

Towards staff and maintenance costs

£5,000

Chandos Park Tennis Club

Replacement of floodlights with environmentally friendly LED system

£1,500

Project Street Life

Subsidy of annual residential for young people who will benefit but cannot afford to otherwise attend.

 £500

The Council has also made a number of one-year grants, including new projects from Transitions UK: who mentor vulnerable young people at risk of offending and a contribution towards a beacon for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at St Peter & St Paul’s Church.

One year projects:

Group

Project Name

amount awarded

Transitions UK

Aspire Partnership Project (Buckingham Hub) mentoring for vulnerable young people

£2,000

Buckingham Parish Church

Platinum Beacon for The Queen’s Jubilee

£324

Buckingham United Football Club

Club Training Equipment

£1,000

Buckingham Town Cricket Club

Roof-mounted Solar Panel Electricity Installation

£1,500

West End Bowls Club

Flood Defence for clubhouse

£1,000

Swan Community Hub

Swan Community Hub – free parent & child summer clubs for families with young children

£1,380

Buckingham & District Angling Association

“Accessible for all” fishing platform at Woodfields.

£623

Lace Hill Residents’ Association

Community Spirit activities around the estate.

£968

The Chair of the Resources Committee, Cllr. Lisa O’Donoghue said “Thanks to members of this Committee we were able to agree these grants, which will help local groups and organisations give back to the community. This year many applications focused on the environment, from keeping back the floods, harnessing the sun or shining friendlier lights in the dark, benefitting us and future generations. This is why the grants process is invaluable and my fellow councillors and I look forward to seeing this money put to good use.”

Council keep their Council Tax increase to 8p per household

Buckingham Town Council has voted to increase the Council Tax raised by the Council on residents in 2020/21 by only 8.2p per household.  At the Town Council meeting on Monday 13 January councillors voted to raise £903,990 through Council Tax in total.  This equates to an increase of 8.2p per week for a band D property, a rise of £4.31 or 2.62% per property, in line with RPI.  Some of the increase will be provided by an increase in the number of homes since last year.  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 new budget includes funding for an administrative apprentice and a Green Spaces apprentice, support for a VE Day commemoration event and design and the first repayments for the new cemetery and allotment site.  The Council provides a wide range of services compared to those run by neighbouring councils, including:

  • Public toilets in Cornwalls Meadow and Chandos Park
  • Tourist Information Centre
  • Shopmobility
  • Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre
  • Brackley Road Cemetery
  • Bourton Park
  • 5 play areas
  • Annual programme of over 20 events including the fireworks display and Fringe Week
  • Defending and refreshing the Buckingham Neighbourhood Plan
  • Providing grants to local community groups

The council is continuing to invest in ways of lowering its impact on the environment through investments including solar panels, electric vehicles and LED lights.

The Town Mayor, Councillor Mark Cole JP, said, “Buckingham Town Council has worked hard to keep local taxes as low as possible, and this has been helped by the revenue which new housing is bringing to the town. As the five county and district councils merge into one unitary authority, Buckinghamshire Council, on May 1st to reduce costs, and this combined with our bidding to take over more services ourselves will hopefully allow us to find more ways of working together to provide value for money to householders in the future.”

The other Councils, Crime & Police Commissioner and Fire Authority set their own Council Tax rates and increases.