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.
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.
At its meeting on Monday evening (10 December 2018) Buckingham Town Council’s Environment Committee decided to pay to install gates on the new play area at Lace Hill to prevent dogs from entering the playground. The Council was disappointed to learn that the Management Company was not prepared to install the gates, and felt the need for this work was so strong that the Town Council should fund the work directly.
The Town Council has written to the Lace Hill Developers highlighting the absence of gates at the Lace Hill play area and asking for a contribution towards their installation. No response has been received despite chaser emails.
The Town Council will now arrange works in April 2019 to install two sets of gates at a cost of £3,339.
Councillor Margaret Gateley, Chair of the Environment Committee, said, “while it is disappointing that the Lace Hill Management Company is not prepared to fund this work, I am delighted that the Town Council have agreed to install gates to ensure the safety of children using this valuable play area.”