Amersham - Local Area
The area includes the parishes: Amersham, Chenies, Chesham Bois, Coleshill, and Penn.
Amersham Decides 2018
In February 2018 the Amersham Local Area Forum announced that £9,000 of its devolved budget from Buckinghamshire County Council would be available for Amersham Decides 2018.
Through June and July over 1300 local people had their say and we are pleased to announce the results:
- £4,000 - Citizens Advice Service- support and advice for the vulnerable and isolated
- £2,500 - Old Amersham Memorial Gardens - creating a conservation area through wildlife and sensory planting
- £1,500 - Amersham Mobile Museum – A mobile exhibition to reach isolated residents
- £1,000 - Savvy E-Safety- an intergenerational project where students help older people to stay safe online
Please see our outcome report.
Local area plan
Each local area has its own local area plan which summarises the area and gives contacts for services and councillors. These plans also include a summary of the health and wellbeing profile of the area. The purpose of the local area plan is to set out a clear list of local priorities which are being addressed and the actions planned to tackle these over a three year period.
The area plan should be regarded as an initial set of commitments, which can be added to in the light of emerging opportunities, rather than a fixed agenda that must be adhered to rigidly over the three years. The Local Area Forum (LAF) and the Community Engagement & Development team will work closely with our services and partners to enable work to be started on many of the priorities identified.
The current priorities for the Amersham Local Area are:
- Activities, facilities and support for young people aged 11+
- Traffic concerns including parking, road safety and safer routes to schools
- More accessible transport required, including community transport schemes
- Reducing social isolation for older and vulnerable people
- Improvements to the environment and green spaces
For most of the priorities within the area plan, it is likely that the main role of the LAF will be to act as a coordinating body and catalyst for action. The LAF will be taking an investigative, supportive, developmental, championing and monitoring role.
Local Priorities Funding
The Amersham local area has a limited development budget called the Local Priorities Budget. This is used to deliver the local priorities in the local area plan.
In addition, any use of the Local Priorities Budget must support our Strategic Priorities.
- Safeguarding our vulnerable
- Creating opportunities and building self-reliance
- Keeping Buckinghamshire thriving and attractive
Find out more about these in our Strategic Plan
How to submit a proposal
Please talk to your Area Manager to find out about current plans and opportunities before you send in any funding proposals.
When applying for Local Priorities funding there are two forms which can be completed;
- Transport local priorities application form, to be completed for any transportation scheme (e.g. traffic calming, parking, etc.)
- Community application form, to be completed for any scheme which is not related to transport (e.g. support for vulnerable people, helping communities help themselves, etc.)
Please review the alternative sources for funding available to you before submitting a proposal.
How will my proposal be assessed?
Your proposal will be assessed against the following criteria:
- How well it fits with the priorities for the local area
- How well it supports our Strategic Priorities
- How well it would provide value for money.
You can find some examples of eligible projects and proposals in our guide to applying for funding from the local priorities budget.
When to submit a proposal
Transport proposals must be submitted by 31 August in the year before the funding is required. This is to enable schemes to be assessed and a decision made in time for you to start delivering your project as early as possible in the next financial year. Other proposals may be considered at other times before the start of the financial year. However, before you complete an application form you are advised to check with the Community Engagement and Development team what the budget status is for the local area.
Come to your next Local Area Forum (LAF)
Hear about what is happening in your local area and have your say. The LAF meets up to four times a year and covers matters of interest to local residents such as transport, health, young people, local issues, and policing.
The Area Manager for Amersham is Paul Hodson who can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Active Bucks project aspires to help all Bucks residents get active, more often. The LAF supported Active Bucks to engage with local residents to identify the physical activities that would encourage inactive people to get active, e.g. community group walks or yoga.