The Town Council undertakes to provide a wide range of services and facilities encompassing the cemetery, parks, markets, events and many others. This is provided through the work of the Town Councillors and the hard working staff of the Town Council.
Buckingham Town Council also liaises with the other local councils; Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council. A summary of what your three local councils are responsible for is viewable here.
The Council conducts the majority of business through Full Council, four main committees and several sub-committees, meeting on a regular basis throughout the year.
Buckingham also has a Youth Council, comprising of young people who live in or attend school in Buckingham. They meet to discuss issues that are important to the young people of Buckingham.
Each year the Town Council must hold an Annual Electors Meeting. This is a chance for members of the public to find out what the Town Council has been doing over the previous year and its intentions for the following year. The Annual Report is a summary of the work completed by the Council.
⇒ Annual Report 2016/17
History of the Town Council
In the Domesday Survey Buckingham appears as county town at the head of the Buckinghamshire section. The Manor of Buckingham is recorded as being held by Walter Giffard, whose family continued to hold it until the reign of Henry VIII.
Around 1521, the term ‘manor’ in relation to Buckingham dropped out of use and instead the lordship of Buckingham was referred to as the ‘borough’. The borough was then incorporated by the charter of Mary I in 1554, under which the borough was to be governed by a bailiff and 12 principal burgesses.
Following The Municipal Corporations Act 1835, Buckingham became a municipal borough and the bailiff and burgesses were replaced by a Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors.
However in 1974, as part of local government reorganisations the borough was dismantled, as the two major authorities Buckinghamshire County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council had become established. The town was carved up and a lot of the assets previously owned by the Borough Council were sold, which included the Town Hall that dominates the town on the junction of Bridge Street and West Street, known as Cannon Corner.
Then in 1974, Buckingham Town Council was formed due to the need to deliver services to residents at a local level.
Local Council Award Scheme
Buckingham Town Council has attained the Quality Gold Award!
The scheme celebrates the successes of the very best local councils, and provides a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. The scheme encourages progression by including three award levels: Foundation, Quality and Quality Gold, and offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.
Those Town and Parish Councils at the forefront of best practice, achieving excellence in governance, community leadership and council development are heralded with the auspicious Quality Gold Award.
Other local councils and services
|Communities and Local Government||Thames Valley Police||Website of the UK Government|
|Aylesbury Vale District Council||Buckinghamshire County Council||Aylesbury Vale Association of Local Councils (AVALC)|
|National Association of local councils (NALC)|
Supported by Buckingham Town Council
|The Buckingham Society||The Christmas Parade||Buckingham Twinning Association|
|The Old Gaol Museum||Buckingham Tourist Information||The Film Place|
|Buckingham Tennis Club||Chandos Park Bowls Club|
Local to Buckingham Organisations
|Buckingham Community Pantomime||Buckingham Table||Buckingham University|