Resources

Chaired by Councillor Jenny Bates

The Resources Committee reviews the Town Council’s budgets and expenditure every meeting to ensure that the expenditure is adhering to the budgets set out at the beginning of the year. Aspects of the Town Council’s overall strategy, policy and personnel matters are also dealt with by the Resources Committee.

The Town Council’s annual grants are discussed at the meetings of the Resources Committee and recommended to the Precept meeting.

The Committee also has an overview of the Town Council’s communications with the specific detail delegated to the Communications Strategy Group.

Resources Committee Terms of Reference

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Town Centre and Events

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Chaired by Councillor Terry Bloomfield

The Town Centre & Events Committee organises many of the events held in Buckingham such as the Pancake Race, Food Fair, Comedy Nights, Christmas Light Switch On and River Rinses. It also facilitates the Charter Fair, Music In The Market and Bandjam as well as the Christmas Parade by organising the road closures and undertaking other tasks associated with the events.

Hanging baskets and planters are organised by the committee every year. It has worked hard over the last few years to provide the Christmas motifs and icicle lights.

Over the years, the committee has built up a very good working relationship with external organisations including the Police, organisers of the music events and those that help to make each event a success.

Details of events can be found in our Buckingham Town Matters newsletter and on our Events Page.

Town Centre & Events Committee Terms of Reference

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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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Planning

Chaired by Councillor Mark Cole JP

This committee has four key roles:

It reviews every planning application, considers tree applications, takes part in various district and regional consultations where they may impact on Buckingham (such as housing, transport, leisure and economic development) and most recently, leads the production of the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The Town Council is a statutory consultee, and reviews all planning applications advising AVDC should they not meet local requirements and aspirations. However, it should be noted that Aylesbury Vale District Council makes the final decision on all planning applications, and does not always agree with the Town Council’s comments. If you write to the District Council to support or object to an application, it would be helpful if you also provided a copy of the letter to the Town Council.

The Planning Committee is the lead body producing the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan as a Frontrunner authority. The Neighbourhood Plan is the successor of the 2008-09 ‘Buckingham Plan’ that the committee also produced. For details of both plans, see our Community Plans page.

Planning Committee Terms of Reference

Map outlining Buckingham’s Conservation Area

Helpful planning websites

AVDC Planning for advice and information

AVDC Planning Applications

Planning Portal: Government advice on planning

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