In this challenging and fast-developing national and international situation we are reviewing the arrangements for Council services on a daily basis. Following Public Health advice all Council operated grounds maintenance, grass cutting and horticultural operations will be suspended from Tuesday, 24th March until further notice.
Our three parks- Hervines Park, Barn Meadow and King George V Playing Field remain open to the public, however the children’s play areas are now closed in the interests of public health.
In light of the latest government guidance on social distancing and social isolation, the Council has taken the decision to suspend all meetings of Amersham Town Council with immediate effect until further notice. Council staff will however continue working, endeavouring to provide our normal service, as long as these activities are within the prevailing government guidelines.. The health and safety of Councillors, staff and the public are our primary concern. The office staff can be contacted via phone on 01494 434000 or email on email@example.com but we would respectfully request residents refrain from visiting the office in person.
Following a meeting of the Town Council to be held on Monday 23rd March 2020, it is anticipated that all Amersham Town Council & Committee public meetings will be suspended indefinitely, in line with the prevailing government guidelines on minimising the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The Town Council offices will remain open, with Council staff continuing to provide a normal service, subject to any staff absence due to sickness or self-isolation, but we would ask all residents to refrain from visiting the Town Council office other than in an emergency.
In line with the guidelines from Government on the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Amersham Town Council has made the decision to suspend all of the hall hires we currently have in place from 21 March 2020 until the end of May 2020. We will be reviewing the situation again towards the end of May and will make a decision on bookings scheduled from June onwards at that time, unless of course Government informs us of further guidance before then. We are also cancelling forthwith all sports pitch bookings for football and cricket until further notice.
Amersham is a fantastic community, and there are lots of individuals across the town coming together to help and support those affected by Coronavirus directly or due to self-isolation.
In response to the many elderly or vulnerable people who are being advised to self-isolate Buckinghamshire County Council has launched an online community support hub which is aimed to help people to find ways to get involved or find support.
The aim of the hub is to make it easier for people to get help or volunteer. It will be a place where people can go if they need help or support; and also a place where people who want to volunteer can find out how they can best assist vulnerable people. The website will aim to link those in need with those who are able to support them.
Regretfully Amersham Town Council’s Band Concerts at the Memorial Gardens will be cancelled until 10th June. This follows government advice, due to the coronavirus. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
It is with regret that our Great British Spring Clean events scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled. This follows government advice, in addition to the postponement of the national clean up initiative due to the coronavirus. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
45th Annual Town Meeting & Citizen of the Year 2020 –
Amersham Free Church played host to the 45th Amersham Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday 10th March 2020.
On the night, Town Mayor, Councillor Mark Flys, also presented this year’s ATC Annual Report…. highlighting all the exciting things we here at ATC have been up to for the past twelve months.
After the formalities were completed, it was then time for the Prize Giving for this year’s Citizen of the Year Awards!! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Alan Bath for being crowned this year’s CITIZEN OF THE YEAR!!
Business of the Year went to The Record Shop for their continued hard work and dedication to provide a friendly, helpful and knowledgeable store for the town, always willing to go above and beyond to help since they opened their doors in 2005.
The Mayor’s Special Award was won by the 1st Chesham Bois Scout Group Leaders, led by Andy Honour, who have worked tirelessly to empower young people to learn new skills and of course their ongoing commitment to Amersham in Bloom, which, since 2014 has included the replica biplane commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1, the funfair display at the Memorial Gardens, complete with carousel, big wheel and helter-skelter, the poignant display commemorating the centenary of the end of WW1, which remains in the memorial gardens, and the peace garden which now takes centre stage at the Memorial Gardens.
And of course as mentioned above, the Citizen of the Year 2020 award was won by Alan Bath. Alan has been a Youth Worker for the last 12 years, during which time he has run the Chiltern Youth Club, part of the Youth Club team at Christ Church supporting 11 to 15 year olds every Monday evening, including children with Special Educational Needs. Since 2018 Alan started helping with “MAD (Making A Difference) Fridays” at Woodside School, as well as taking older children to “Youth Cafe” enabling the young leaders to have a space to socialise safely with people of their own age. Alan is also involved in Street Kids Direct and has been an integral member of the Governing Body at St George’s C of E Infant School in Amersham for the past 12 years. Well done Alan, you thoroughly deserve to be Citizen of the Year!
A truly wonderful set of winners and a very special evening for them and their friends & families! Congratulations once again to all.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN under Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act, 1972 that a casual vacancy exists in the office of a councillor for the above town/parish council (town ward/parish ward if warded).
As this vacancy falls within six months before the day on which that councillor would regularly have retired (elections scheduled 7 May 2020), the Parish Council may co-opt (but is not required to do so).
Any vacancy not filled by co-option remains vacant until the next ordinary elections.
9 March 2020
Address of Parish/Town Council:
Amersham Town Council, Flint Barn Court, Church Street, Amersham HP7 0DB
* If the parish is warded, please state the name of the parish ward; otherwise, please leave this space blank.
A copy of this Vacancy Notice can be downloaded here.
In conjunction with Amersham Action Group, the Town Council arranged a public meeting in Old Amersham on 11 February where HS2 and their contractors presented their plans to nearly 200 residents for junction improvements at Whielden Lane/A404, where the Chiltern tunnel vent shaft will be built, as well as plans for the future public engagement on the vent shaft head house design. More information is available on the HS2 website, but you can click here to view the slide presentations from that meeting.
Further consultation will be held later in the year, with a public exhibition on the vent shaft head house design, so please keep an eye on the Town Council website and local notice boards for further information, or check out the HS2 Amersham Action Group website at http://www.hs2amersham.org.uk/