Recognition for hero town clerk

Chris Wayman, right, with Mayor of Buckingham Andy Mahi PNL-150408-172527001
Chris Wayman, right, with Mayor of Buckingham Andy Mahi PNL-150408-172527001

The Buckingham Neighbourhood Plan, which is due to go to referendum on September 17, has already helped win an award for Buckingham’s town clerk.

Christopher Wayman received a Public Sector Hero Award at the House of Lords for his work on the Neighbourhood Plan.

A total of 38 individuals were commended by Locality, a network of community-led organisations, for their work helping communities to thrive.

Mayor of Buckingham Andrew Mahi, who nominated Mr Wayman for the award, also attended the event.

Mr Wayman’s award was given for his work in ‘Supporting Localism’.

In his nomination, Councillor Mahi said: “All Buckingham town councillors would like to declare how much our town clerk has gone beyond our expectations.

“Without his heroic and exceptional diligence, insight, patience and rigour, our local plan would not be nearing its final stages.

“Leading and being supported by an able team of other officers, Mr Wayman has navigated the council expertly through the shifting sands of the Government’s localism project over the last four years. He has done this with fortitude, humour and just plain hard work.

“Usually first at and last to leave all the local consultation events, our clerk has listened carefully to local residents and studiously deconstructed the contributions from developers, working closely with local authorities and many other stakeholders.

“He is a true local hero.”

Locality CEO Tim Armstrong said: “It’s been really inspiring to see such diversity and how workers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support community organisations and really help neighbourhoods to shine.”