Preparations are well under way to create the new Buckinghamshire Council that will launch in less than 90 days time on Wednesday 1st April 2020.
The new council will be a single organisation that delivers the whole range of local services currently delivered by the five current councils in Buckinghamshire. For most people there will be no change to the day to day services they use such as bin collections, social care, libraries and parking.
However from Wednesday 1st April 2020 residents will only need to contact one council for all services.
A series of seventeen local Council Access Points (CAPs) will be created that will offer a face to face contact point at the heart of the local community. The current council main offices located in Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Amersham and Denham will become ‘access plus’ points, geared up to handle more complex enquiries.
The new access points will be situated at the following locations :
- Amersham (Access Plus) : Current CDC offices, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, HP6 5AW.
- Aylesbury (Access Plus) : Current BCC offices, New County Offices, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1UY.
- Aylesbury (Access Plus) : Current AVDC offices, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF.
- Beaconsfield : Beaconsfield Library, Reynolds Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 2NJ.
- Buckingham : Buckingham Library, Verney Close, Buckingham, MK18 1JP.
- Burnham : Burnham Community Library, Windsor Lane, Burnham, SL1 7HR.
- Chesham : Chesham Library, Elgiva Lane, Chesham, HP5 2JD.
- Denham (Access Plus) : Current SBDC offices, Oxford Road, Denham, Uxbridge, UB9 4LH.
- Great Missenden : Great Missenden Library,High Street, Great Missenden, HP16 0AL.
- Haddenham : Haddenham Community Library, Banks Park, Banks Road, Haddenham, HP17 8EE.
- High Wycombe (Access Plus) : Current WDC offices, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1BB.
- Iver : Iver Parish Council Office, 45B High Street, Iver, SL0 9ND.
- Ivinghoe : Beacon Villages Library, Old Town Hall, High Street, Ivinghoe, LU7 9EP.
- Marlow : Marlow Library, Institute Road, Marlow, SL7 1BL.
- Princes Risborough : Princes Risborough Library,Bell Street, Princes Risborough, HP27 0AA.
- Wendover : Wendover Library, High Street, Wendover, HP22 6DU.
- Winslow : Winslow Library, Park Road, Winslow, MK18 3DN.
Sixteen Community Boards will be set up across the county to help the new council build strong links with local communities and respond to local needs more effectively.
Each Community Board will be made up of local people, town and parish councils, community groups, police and healthcare organisations who will focus on finding solutions to local issues. These local issues could include improving facilities for young people, tackling social isolation of older people or helping to set up a community bus.
All of the current elected members from the five existing councils will continue serving their communities until the councillors elected to the new Buckinghamshire Council in May take up their posts.
Leader of the Shadow Executive, Councillor Martin Tett, said: ‘We are just three months away from the new council and our countdown clock is ticking.
We’ve come a long way in the last few months and the five councils are working really hard to create a brand new council – a council which our residents, councillors and staff can all be really proud of.
The next few months is all about making sure we are ready for April and residents know how to find out about the new council and where to go if they need us. As one council from April, our focus will then be on how we can improve services for our residents.‘
Deputy Leader of the Shadow Executive, Katrina Wood, said: ‘We’re looking forward to the future. It’s exciting and a privilege to be part of this historic change for the county.
The Council Access Points and Community Boards will keep the new council local, making it easier for people to access face-to-face support and get involved in improving services at a really local level.‘
Further information about the Community Boards can be found at https://shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/communityboards while information about Council Access Points can be found at https://shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/council-access-points.
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire County Council.