Beaconsfield - Local Area Forum
The Beaconsfield Local Area Forum (LAF) gives residents a say in how services are delivered in their community.
The Beaconsfield local area includes the parishes: Beaconsfield. Find out more about how we work in your local area.
The Beaconsfield LAF is made up of county, town, and district councillors, as well as partners including the police and health authorities.
Regular LAF meetings are held for members to:
- discuss and agree local priorities
- decide how the local priorities budget is used
Residents are encouraged to attend LAF meetings to find out about what is happening in the local area.
The next meeting is taking place on 23 September. View dates of LAF meetings, agendas and minutes.
The LAF has agreed to adopt the town plan as its priorities.
Project funding for 2019/2020
The Beaconsfield Local Priorities budget for 2019/2020 is £22,100.
The LAF has agreed to allocate funding towards the following projects this year (2019/20):
- Beaconsfield Decides
- Moveable Vehicle Activated Sign (MVAS)
- Social Isolation Project- Phase Two
Project funding for 2020/2021
The LAF budget for 2020/2021 will be formally agreed in February 2020. These projects will take place between April 2020 and March 2021.
The process for applications varies for transport projects and community projects. Projects for 2020/2021 will be considered in early 2020.
The deadline for transport applications is 31 August 2019. This deadline provides enough time for Transport for Buckinghamshire to produce budget estimates for consideration.
Transport projects require 50% match funding. They are usually supported by the local parish or town council, who are able to submit an application.
Information about the deadlines for 2020/2021 community projects will be issued later in the year.
More information is available about submitting a proposal for Local Priorities Funding.
How local priorities have been previously addressed
The LAF has previously addressed funding a range of schemes, including:
Beaconsfield Decides 2019
Residents were given the opportunity to have their say on how £10,000 of local area forum funding would be split between three projects which benefit the local community. Following on from a successful voting campaign and the main voting event at Beaconsfield NOW that took place on 11th May 2019. The results were:
£5,000 - Beaconsfield Drinking Fountain
Beaconsfield Women’s Institute along with 'Plastic Free Beaconsfield' will be installing a drinking water fountain in Beaconsfield. This will provide a source of free drinking water to encourage local people to switch to reusable bottles and reduce use of single-use plastic bottles.
£2,500 - Community Conservation: Chiltern Rangers
Chiltern Rangers is a social enterprise which works with local communities to carry out conservation and wildlife work. Chiltern Rangers provides practical habitat management of local woodlands, grassland, commons, ponds, and streams. They will use the funding to work with Holtspur Bank Nature Reserve to expand their volunteer base by delivering conservation sessions for local residents, schools, and community groups. This will provide skills and experience to all who take part while helping local wildlife.
£2,500 - Skills4Life: Community Youth Ventures
Community Youth Ventures will be delivering the new 'Skills4Life' project. The project will deliver a series of workshops which bring local young people together to learn various skills, helping them to prepare for the future. The workshops will include health and wellbeing, cooking, DIY, gardening and environmental work, sport and fitness, independent living skills, and creativity and the arts.
You can learn more about the Skills4Life project and how to get involved online.
The 2018/19 End of Year Report shows how local priorities have been addressed over the last 3 years.
Get in touch with the LAF team if you have any questions.