Have your say about future of High Wycombe

Unparished wards of High Wycombe

There is just over a week left for local people to take part in the public consultation asking how High Wycombe should be run in the future.

The eight week-long consultation, which closes on Monday 30 September, asks people if they want a new town council for the currently unparished area of High Wycombe, new parish councils for Micklefield and/or Sands and/or Totteridge, or any alternative option that they think might be more appropriate.

Four petitions to Wycombe District Council triggered a community governance review of the ten unparished wards of High Wycombe - Abbey, Booker and Cressex, Bowerdean, Disraeli, Oakridge and Castlefield, Micklefield, Ryemead, Sands, Terriers and Amersham Hill and Totteridge. Because of the petitions and the changes to local government in Buckinghamshire in April 2020, Wycombe District Council is now considering the following issues:

  1. Would the creation of a new democratically elected town council for all ten wards protect High Wycombe’s identity and heritage, promote the interests of the town, and represent local residents democratically?
  2. If a town council for all ten wards is not created, should the Micklefield and/or Sands and/or Totteridge wards each form democratically elected parish councils (that is, up to three separate parish councils)?
  3. Is some other option more appropriate for any or all of the ten High Wycombe wards?

Wycombe District Council has not made up its mind about how best to represent the interests of the town under the new unitary council to be introduced in April 2020 and wants to hear local people's views before making any recommendations by December 2019.  

Find out more about what a community governance review is and have your say in the consultation