On Tuesday 12 November, the Shadow Executive agreed a Devolution Offer to give town and parish councils, and other organisations, the opportunity to take on greater local control over services and community assets.
This devolution offer reflects feedback received from town and parish councils over the last few months, particularly from the workshops held in June 2019, and we’d like to thank you for the conversations we have had to date.
It has been agreed to set up a three year devolution programme with the aim to:
- improve outcomes for local communities – by making opportunities available for services to be more tailored to meet the diverse needs of communities.
- enable local community organisations, in particular town and parish councils to take control over services and assets and decide how they can best meet local needs.
The decision confirms a commitment to continue the current highways and Wycombe green space devolution offer, and is part of the new council’s ambition to ‘keep it local’ by strengthening links with local communities and responding to local need.
Buckinghamshire Council is currently inviting local organisations to submit expressions of interest in becoming place-based pilots for taking on the running of local services and assets. For further information, please visit the devolution pilots page.
In addition, local organisations will be invited to consider submitting expressions of interest for community assets such as community centres, toilets, memorials. Further information, including a list of potential community assets will be published in March 2020 with expressions of interest starting from April 2020 onwards.
The Shadow Executive also agreed to work towards a wider service devolution offer county-wide once the new council is established.
In response to requests for support, a small co-ordinating devolution team will be set-up. A key part of their role will be in liaising with town and parish councils, and providing technical guidance on business plans.
For more information, please see the decision papers
Once available, further information about the devolution offer will be available on this page.