We want to work with local people to understand the issues affecting each area and work together to find solutions.
From April 2020, 16 Community Boards will be set up across the county to help the new council build strong links with local communities.
Community boards will give a voice to local people, giving you a chance to work with the council, local agencies and other community organisations to make a difference in your community. They are a key part of the new council’s commitment to keep it local and work with local communities to improve the lives of our residents.
Community boards will bring together Buckinghamshire Council councillors to work with local communities to help solve local issues. They will provide a vital link between the council, elected councillors and communities.
By working in partnership with local people, town and parish councils, community groups, police, healthcare organisations and residents, community boards will help the new council understand and respond to local needs more effectively.
These local issues could include improving facilities for young people, tackling social isolation of older people or helping to set up a community bus.
The aim of the community boards will be to:
- Enable Buckinghamshire Council councillors to take decisions on local issues, alongside key partners including other community representatives.
- Empower Buckinghamshire Council councillors and communities to influence service design and delivery on local issues.
- Bring communities together with Buckinghamshire Council councillors and partners to find local solutions to local issues.
We want community boards to involve everyone in the local area who wants to make a difference and work with the new council to do this.
Buckinghamshire Council councillors from the local area will sit on their local board. To be effective community boards will also need to include people and organisations from the local community.
This could include other public services such as fire services, police and health, residents, parish and town councils and young people.
Community board decisions will normally be reached by consensus. There will sometimes be a need for a formal vote for example on community grant applications.
Serving local people
Community boards are about bringing local people, groups and organisations together to make real changes that will make a difference to local communities.
Click one of the links below to find out how community boards could make a difference to you: