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

Green Spaces

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Riverside view on circular walk

Buckingham has an abundance of green spaces including the following:

Chandos Park
Within easy walking distance of the town centre, Chandos Park has a multi-use games area (MUGA), a children’s playground, tennis and bowls clubs and provides the ideal setting for a picnic overlooking the River Great Ouse.

Bourton Park (and Stratford Fields)
A large recreational area with footpaths, playgrounds, a MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area), picnic sites, special dog exercising areas and a Trim Trail, which is a mile long exercise circuit around the park.

Ken Tagg Play Area
A newly refurbished small play area on Meadway with swings and other play equipment.

Otters Brook Play Area
This area has been recently re-developed and has a zip wire, swings and other play equipment with some open space.

River Great Ouse
The River Great Ouse attractively winds its way through the centre of Buckingham and is flagged by plenty of green spaces, including Chandos Park, Heartlands, Stratford Fields and Bourton Park.

Buckingham Canal
The Buckingham Arm of the Grand Junction Canal was opened in 1801, though competition from the railway and silt build up meant it was disused from 1931 before finally closing down in the 1960s. However, there is still evidence of it, and it is now being restored by the Buckingham Canal Society, including the Bourton arm near to the town centre.

Railway Walk
The Railway Walk is a section of disused trackbed that has had the station and track removed, with a path laid down its length. The walk is between the A421 southern bypass and the Tingewick Road in Buckingham, covering a distance of 1.36km. It can be joined from either of these roads, or from Chandos Road.

Circular Walk
You could also follow the circular walk from the park around the town perimeter, taking in the University, Chandos Park, the River Great Ouse and the site of the old railway. It is a leisurely walk, which is clearly way marked and includes alternative routes.

Allotments

The Town Council works with the Bourton Road Allotment Holders Society to fulfil its duty to provide allotments for the Town. Bourton Road Allotment Holders Society manages the allotment site on Bourton Road (MK18 1GP).

If you wish to enquire about having an allotment please email us at office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

The Town Council is actively investigating a further allotment site to be constructed under the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan and situated off the A421.

Tree Wardens

Are you interested in becoming a tree warden?

Tree wardens are volunteers who gather information about their local trees, get involved in tree matters and encourage local practical projects related to trees and woods.

Please see our information leaflet for more information, or to sign up please email: office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or contact Cllr. Newell via the Town Council office on 01280 816 426.

Information leaflet

COUNCIL MATTERS

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Buckingham Town Council is the local Council for the town of Buckingham in the County of Buckinghamshire. The Town Council provides a wide range of services and facilities including the cemetery, parks and green spaces, allotments and many others.

Buckingham Town Council conducts the majority of business through Full Council, four main Committees and several Sub-Committees, meeting on a regular basis throughout the year.

The Council is made up of 17 elected councillors from four wards in Buckingham, with eight councillors for Buckingham South, seven councillors for Buckingham North and one each for the wards of Fishers Field and Highlands & Watchcroft.

Buckingham also has a Youth Council, comprising of young people who live in or attend school in Buckingham. They meet regularly to discuss issues that are important to the young people of Buckingham.

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Buckingham has won the county’s Best Kept Town award on several occasions
(Picture courtesy Brian Simonds)