April 1st UPDATE
The Buckinghamshire Unitary Council commenced as planned on 1st April.
- All 202 current Shadow Authority Councillors became councillors of the new Buckinghamshire Council until May 2021
- Existing Shadow Executive members form Buckinghamshire Councils new Cabinet until the elections in May 2021
March 2020 update –
The elections here in Buckinghamshire, planned for May 7th, have been postponed for one year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. They are expected to be held on 6 May 2021. This will mean a delay for Bucks to get a new elected Council and for the 5 local district and county councils to join together.
The new Buckinghamshire Council Chief Executive, Rachael Shimmin, said:
“We are actively in discussion with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government about how we handle the year ahead and will consider a number of options next week.”
From 1 April, Buckinghamshire Council will replace the county and district councils that currently serve you.
The new Buckinghamshire Council will replace all five of the district and county councils in Buckinghamshire, and over the coming weeks and months you’ll start to see some changes as you come across the new look council.
What does the new council mean for me?
- The same services, better together. For most people there will be no change to the day-to-day services you use. This includes bin collections, looking after our elderly and young people, libraries and parking. The focus for the future will be on improving these services as a new council together.
- One council. Getting in touch with the council will be simpler because you’ll only need to contact one council for all the services currently provided by the county and district councils.
- Face-to-face advice, support and information from your council through a network of 17 local Council Access Points based at the heart of your local community – in current council offices and libraries across the county. The five council offices in Aylesbury (Walton Street and The Gateway), High Wycombe, Amersham and Denham will be ‘access plus’ points, geared up to handle more complex enquiries.
- Stronger links with local communities. Buckinghamshire Council councillors will work closely with local people and community organisations to understand and respond to the key issues affecting their local area through 16 Community Boards.
Who will be my local councillor on the new council?
There will be 147 councillors elected to Buckinghamshire Council. Elections for the new council will take place on 7 May 2020. Until these newly elected councillors take up their posts, your current elected members from the five existing councils will continue to serve your communities.
How can I find out more?
For regular news and updates, follow @BucksCouncil on Twitter and Facebook or find out more at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk.