Environment Committee Monday 18th October 2021

This week the Environment Committee met last Monday. A minute’s silence was held in respect for David Amess MP.

Topics covered included:

  • The Buckingham Community Response Flood Plan was updated.
  • Councillors heard about a text exercise to see how well the Community Response Flood Plan works. The Town Council and Buckinghamshire Council carried out the exercise with the help of the flood wardens and local residents. More flood wardens are needed anyone interested can sign up online
  • Councillors discussed a detailed report about Buckingham’s overall carbon footprint and asked the Council’s Community Champions to come up with ways of responding
  • The installation of solar panels at Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre, making the centre more environmentally friendly and decreasing costs, was announced.

Solar Panels installed at Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre

Buckingham Town Council have installed 55 high performance solar panels at the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre. The 20.90 kWp solar array cost £22,047 but is expected to pay for itself within eight years and has an operational life of at least 20 years.

Cllr Warren Whyte, Chair of the Environment Committee said:

“I am delighted that the Town Council is able to invest in this new renewable energy project as part of its Climate Action Plan. It will deliver not only green electricity and save over 90 tonnes of CO2, it is estimated to save the council over £75,000 over the expected life of the installation.

Buckingham Town Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and since then has been committed to reducing energy demand, improving energy efficiency and converting to renewable, low or zero carbon technologies for energy and heat.

The solar panels are the latest in a range of environmental measures taken by the Town Council who have already replaced two vehicles with fully electric vans; updated lights in Chandos Park with LED lights; ensured Town Council events are free of single-use plastics and installed a water bottle refill station in Chandos Park.

For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426, office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.