Car park maintained by district council blamed after town misses out on award

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‘Your shabby car park has let our town down.’

That’s the message from Buckingham Town Council to Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) after the town missed out on an award in this year’s Bucks Best Kept Village contest.

Town councillors blame the state of Cornwall’s Meadow car park – which is owned and maintained by AVDC.

Competition judges were full of praise for Buckingham’s parish church, the war memorials, Brackley Road Cemetery and the town centre planters.

But their comments about Cornwall’s Meadow were scathing, noting “the car park area had many weeds, dead trees had not been replaced and clearly some areas had not been swept for some time”.

Buckingham Town Council has written to AVDC leader Neil Blake to say: “On this occasion, AVDC has let us down.”

Chairman of the town council’s environment committee, Mike Smith, said: “It’s the first thing visitors see when they come into town and it’s a bit of a tip. AVDC take the money from the machines and they’re supposed to maintain the car park. It’s a bit of waste ground which is a cash cow for the district council.”

An AVDC spokesman said: “Works will be carried out at Cornwall’s Meadow car park that seek to improve the standard of cleansing and the quality of the car park area. The area will be checked and any problems found will be rectified. Had the council been informed of the area being entered for an award, then these works would have been scheduled to be carried out prior to the inspection.”