On Thursday 17th July 2014 Buckinghamshire County Councillors marked the local authorities 125th anniversary.
Set up by the 1888 Local Government Act the first meeting of Buckinghamshire County Council’s took place in Spring 1889 with 68 Members.
Today the authorities 49 Members were able to look at the original minute book from the first meeting which was displayed in the council chamber.
One of the fledging Council’s first decisions was how much to spend on surfacing the county’s 220 miles of main roads. A budget £4,000 was agreed by Members.
At the beginning of the anniversary meeting, Chairman Zahir Mohammed led a minute’s silence in memory of former Member Crispian Graves who served the Long Crendon and Brill division from 1985 to 2005, and died on June 11 2014.
It was a poignant reminder of the first meeting in 1889 at which Members recorded the sudden death of the Duke of Buckingham, one of the county’s first Aldermen. The Duke had been elected at the first meeting of the county’s Provisional Council three months previously.