Keeping you informed as we create the new Buckinghamshire Council 
28 May 2019
Issue Number 1

Welcome

Welcome to the first regular update for town and parish councils about the work taking place to deliver the new Buckinghamshire Council.

The new unitary council needs to be able to respond to the different needs and issues of local communities. Working with town and parish councils will be key to making sure the new council understands the communities it is there to serve. Central to this will be developing ways to work more closely with the town and parish councils in the future. We are committed to co-designing this with you as promised, to make sure the new council works for you and your local communities.

Latest news

We have reached a milestone on the journey towards all five councils becoming one team and one new council. The Structural Changes Order - the final piece of legislation required to give the formal go ahead to begin setting up the new council - has now been passed by government.

Within 14 days of that legislation being passed, all of the county and district councillors (202 in total) must come together to create a Shadow Authority to oversee the setup of the new council. Its first meeting will take place on 3 June at 7pm at Adams Park football ground in High Wycombe, chosen to accommodate all possible attendees.

The Shadow Authority’s first meeting will consider the appointment of interim statutory officers: the head of paid service; monitoring officer and chief finance officer. Relevant committee members and county and district council nominations to the cabinet-style Shadow Executive will also be considered. The Shadow Executive will consist of 17 councillors; eight from the county council, eight from the district councils, and the Leader of the county council. It is scheduled to meet formally for the first time on 11 June at 10am at the New County Offices, Aylesbury and then every two weeks after that during this transition phase up to go live in April.

Watch Cllr Martin Tett’s latest video below (best viewed in Chrome) to hear more about what this means for town and parish councils. The new Shadow Authority website also has an area for town and parish councils at shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/information-for-town-and-parish-councils/ 

In preparation, on 21 May at the Gateway in Aylesbury the first get together of all elected members across the five councils was held (right).

This enabled councillors to learn more from officers about services across the councils.

After Andrew Grant recently announced he is stepping down from the CEO role at AVDC, Andrew Small has now joined the Chief Executives’ Implementation Group for the programme to develop the new Buckinghamshire Council.

Keeping it local: design workshop

On behalf of the county and district councils in Buckinghamshire, we are pleased to invite you to a workshop in June to help design how your town or parish council would like to work with the new Buckinghamshire Council from 1 April 2020.

During the workshop, we’ll give you an update on the work towards the new Buckinghamshire Council so far and explore options on what a localised approach could look like, to ensure that we meet the needs of the diverse communities in Buckinghamshire. The events will be informed by the feedback that town and parish councils have given at previous events.

Please book your place on one of the workshops available (see details below) and hold the date in your diary. To ensure all councils can be represented and help us manage the numbers for each event there are a maximum of three spaces available per town or parish council.

• Tues 4th June, 6pm-8pm - The Hub, Easton Street, High Wycombe, HP11 1NJ - click here to book
• Mon 10th June, 6pm-8pm -  Council Chamber, Town Hall, Beaconsfield, HP9 2PP - click here to book
• Wed 12th June, 6pm-8pm – Community Centre, Cornwall Meadows, Buckingham, MK18 1RP - click here to book
• Tues 25th June, 6-8pm – Council Chamber, Chesham, HP5 1DS - click here to book

Please note the Thurs 13th June, 6-8pm session at New County Offices, Aylesbury is now fully booked.

Recruitment to the Chief Executive role

The recruitment process for the Chief Executive of the new Buckinghamshire Council is being advertised nationally from 23 May. This will be an open recruitment process that will close on 14 June, and following the interview process the final appointment will be agreed by the Shadow Executive.

We hope to be able to confirm the successful candidate by the end of July 2019. 

Dates for your diary

First meeting of the Shadow Authority
3 June 7pm,
Adams Park Football Ground, High Wycombe
This is a public meeting so all are welcome to attend or to see the live webcast of the meeting go to shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk

First formal meeting of the Shadow Executive
11 June 10am, New County Offices, Aylesbury
This is a public meeting so all are welcome to attend or to see the live webcast of the meeting go to shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Comments or questions?

If you have any comments about the content of this newsletter, or questions about the programme to deliver the new Buckinghamshire Council, please email them to
unitarycomms@buckscc.gov.uk
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