This is an exciting new beginning for Buckinghamshire, bringing together the best of the previous five councils to drive positive changes for local people, communities and businesses.
We want Buckinghamshire to be the best possible place to live, work, do business and grow up in. We want our county to be a place everyone can be proud of, with excellent services, thriving businesses and outstanding public spaces for everyone.
We want all our residents, regardless of background, to have access to great opportunities, living healthy successful lives, doing business with ease, ageing well independently, and working towards achieving their goals in life.
We are proposing a set of priorities, which will be the foundation of our work in Buckinghamshire Council. These priorities will guide how we set our budgets, shape our services and make our decisions. We would like to hear what you think about them and what else we should consider, if anything.
To have strong, healthy and capable communities
People in Buckinghamshire are living longer and healthier lives than ever before, with health outcomes better than the national average. We have strong communities and a thriving, dedicated voluntary and community sector, with over 175,000 residents volunteering at least once a year.
- We want residents to live independent fulfilling lives in stronger, healthier and more resilient communities.
- We want to improve the county’s overall health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on reducing any gap in health outcomes.
- We want to work more with town and parish councils, giving them the responsibility for services and assets where it makes sense to do so, and helping communities help themselves.
To protect vulnerable people.
While most people in Buckinghamshire live independent and healthy lives, some need extra support and protection. We know that the number of children and adults who need this extra help is increasing, and we know that incidences of mental health difficulties, special educational needs, disabilities and complex needs are also on the rise.
- We want children, adults and families to feel safe and supported to live independent lives.
- We want our older, disabled and vulnerable people to receive the right support, that is right for them, at the right time.
To enhance our environment
Buckinghamshire is a beautiful county and our stunning natural and historic landscape is valued by all. Over a quarter of our county is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a further third is covered by the Metropolitan Green Belt.
- We want to address climate change, delivering benefits to residents from cleaner air, improved environment, improved health and new economic opportunities for clean growth.
- We want to reduce our county’s environmental impact by promoting sustainability and reducing waste.
- We want to improve the county’s air quality by reducing emissions and promoting green transport options.
To be a prosperous county
Buckinghamshire is a prosperous county and a successful place to do business, ranking as the fourth most productive area in England. We are well placed to take advantage of emerging opportunities with our unique location in close proximity to London and in the middle of the Oxford to Cambridge Arc, a world leading economic area with global strengths in science, technology and high-value manufacturing.
- We want to encourage sustainable economic growth, working with partners to maximise opportunities and boost productivity.
- We want to continue to attract high quality jobs and investment in skills, innovation and connectivity, keeping Buckinghamshire as one of the best places to do business.
- We want growth to benefit both new and existing communities, preserving the character of our environment while delivering everything we need to prosper.