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Draft Corporate Plan agreed by Cabinet
draft Corporate Plan was agreed by Cabinet last week. The plan is now
due to be discussed at Full Council on Tuesday 23 November.
Corporate Plan is an essential component of good governance as it sets
out the headline areas where change needs to be driven the most in the
next five years, to ensure efforts and resources are directed at the
right issues across the borough. At its heart, is the desire to create a
sustainable borough of opportunity and innovation.
Corporate Plan also sets out our approach to achieving these changes
and reflects the current situation - recovery from the Covid pandemic,
wider changes in the shape of the economy, a growing and ageing
population, persistent pockets of deprivation and inequalities, and the
high housing costs across the Royal Borough.
To read the draft Corporate Plan in full, or watch a recording of the meeting, visit the Modern Gov website.
Excellent response to ‘Big Conversation’ supporting Active Travel in Royal Borough
you to everyone who took the time to have their say on how walking and
cycling facilities in the borough should be shaped and improved over the
next ten years.
pleased to say more than 800 residents took the opportunity to join in
with our ‘Big Conversation’ which took place this summer. It was a
chance to put forward suggestions on Active Travel measures in the
borough. People shared their ideas and opinions around four key themes:
- Cycle routes and infrastructure
- Accessible routes and pedestrian spaces
- School streets – temporary road closures around schools during school run times (term time only)
- People-friendly streets – changes that can be made to neighbourhoods that reduce traffic dominance.
next steps will be to analyse the responses and draw together ideas to
help shape a new Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, which,
along with the previously adopted Cycling Action Plan, will form a
roadmap of ideas.
Back due to popular demand!
The NHS Vaccine Bus is returning to White Waltham next week – Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (8 - 10 November).
It will be at the same location as its visit this week, at Woodlands Park Village Centre, Woodlands Park Rd, Manifold Way, Maidenhead, SL6 3GW, from midday to 8pm.
It offers both first and second doses, and there’s no need to book.
fifth of the Royal Borough’s population is not yet vaccinated. 19
out of 20 people hospitalised with Covid aren’t double jabbed, so still
at considerable risk of serious or long-term illness.
If you’re eligible for the booster, wait to be contacted by the NHS or your GP to use the online National Booking System. You won’t be able to book online until exactly six months after your second jab. If
it’s been more than six months since your second jab and you’ve not
been contacted, try the online booking service or call 119 for advice.
If this doesn’t work, contact your GP directly.
If you’re planning to visit the bus
at Datchet tomorrow (6 November), please note its timings have now
changed to 9am to 4pm. Its location however remains the same - Datchet
Parish Hall car park, 3 Allen Way, SL3 9HR.
Stay fire safe this Bonfire Night
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service encourage you to celebrate safely this Bonfire Night.
Please take extra care if you are having a home firework display and always follow the Firework Code. Ensure you buy from a licensed seller, follow the instructions carefully, have enough space and handle them responsibly.
fireworks can be frightening for people and animals, so let your
neighbours know in advance and look after your pets.
Celebrate Christmas in our town centres
The festive season is fast approaching and we’re looking forward to celebrating Christmas in our town centres.
We'll be holding our traditional light switch-on events in addition to festive food, drink and entertainment.
Eton's light switch-on takes place on Thursday 18 November, with
Windsor's following on Saturday 20 November and Maidenhead's on Saturday
Free parking at council-run car parks will also be offered in
Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton town centres on certain days and times,
providing a much-needed boost for retailers and shoppers alike during
this peak trading period.
Read our press release
for full details of our light switch-on events and free Christmas parking.
Bird-keepers - are you aware of the latest bird flu prevention measures?
The government has introduced new requirements for all keepers of
birds, including pets, following the discovery of bird flu in sites
across Great Britain..
An Avian Influenza Prevention
Zone has been declared across Great Britain and all keepers, whether
they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard
flock, are required by law to take a range of biosecurity
This is to reduce the risk of the transmission of avian influenza
to poultry and other captive birds from wild birds or any other source.
Celebrating our independent shops
out My Royal Borough’s independent shopping guide, showcasing local
independent shops across the Royal Borough and supporting opportunities
for everyone to shop locally this Christmas and throughout the year.
you are grabbing a gift card, buying beautiful presents for your
loved-ones, or ordering a takeaway, there are plenty of local go-to
independent businesses in the Indies A to Z Guide.
Visit the My Royal Borough website for more information and suggest your favourites to be promoted in the run-up to Small Business Saturday on 4 December.
Reminder: Observing Remembrance in the Royal Borough
This year, you are invited to attend the Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday services taking place in the Royal Borough.
Remembrance Day (Thursday 11 November) the council is holding a short
Act of Remembrance starting from 10.55am at the War Memorial outside
Maidenhead Town Hall. The Act of Remembrance will be led by The Mayor,
Councillor John Story and those attending will observe a
two-minute-silence at 11am.
Remembrance Sunday (14 November) the council will also hold two
services from 10.50am in Windsor and Maidenhead and observe a
two-minute-silence at 11am.
Windsor service will be held at the war memorial on Windsor High Street
outside the Parish Church of St John the Baptist and will be attended
by the Mayor.
Maidenhead service will be held at the War Memorial outside Maidenhead
Town Hall, and will be attended by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Gary
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Congratulation to our pumpkin carving competition winners!
Thank you to everyone who took part in our Royal Boo-rough pumpkin carving competition.
We had truly excellent entries shared with us on Twitter and Facebook which made choosing these top carvings very difficult.
Royal Borough community spotlight
Here are just some of the upcoming community events in the Royal Borough.
Christmas fair -
(1-4pm Saturday 6 November) – Braywood Memorial Hall. Oakley Green
Fifield & District Community Association will be selling Christmas
crafts, scarves, jewellery, and decorations to raise funds to renovate
an old telephone box to house a defibrillator. Learn more on their website.
Christmas market - (11am-2pm
Saturday 20 November) - St Andrews Church, Clewer. Enjoy the variety of
stalls selling items including miniature Christmas trees, home produce
and wreaths. Learn more on their website.
Christmas market in the Quad -
(2-5pm Sunday 28 November) - All Saints Church, Maidenhead. Join us for
Christmas gifts, jewellery, local produce and festive cheer. There will
also be singing from the infamous 'Tuneless Choir of Maidenhead'. Visit
their Facebook event page to learn more.
Prince’s Ball Pantomime - (Friday
3 to Saturday 11 December) - Old Windsor Memorial Hall. The Riverside
Players are delighted to present their one-act pantomime, with afternoon
and evening performances packed with lovable characters and the usual
hijinks and shenanigans. Visit the Riverside Players website to learn more and book your tickets.
Carols at Christmas - (3.30pm
Saturday 11 December) - St Mary’s Church, Maidenhead. A wonderful
musical addition to the festive season by the New Maidenhead Choir.
Visit their website to learn more and book tickets.
Maidenhead Girlguiding - Whatever
inspires your daughter, whatever her passions and interests,
Girlguiding offers her the chance to develop her potential, make
friends, have adventures and have fun. We have Rainbows (5-7yrs),
Brownies (7-10yrs), Guides (10-14yrs) and Rangers (14-18yrs) in
Maidenhead. For adults, discover the benefits of volunteering with
Girlguiding Maidenhead. Meet new people, gain skills and help girls know
they can do anything. Learn more and register interest on the Girlguiding website
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Get involved in local town forum meetings
If you’d like to have your say on issues affecting Maidenhead and Windsor towns, we want to hear from you.
are published a week in advance, so you can see what councillors will
be discussing, and get involved if there’s a topic you’re interested in.
Your discussion suggestions will be added to a future agenda if appropriate.
The next Maidenhead Town Forum is on Thursday 11 November (next week) and the next Windsor Town Forum is on Tuesday 16 November.
M4 is due to be closed in both directions between junctions 3 (Hayes)
and 4b (M25 interchange) from 8pm on Friday 12 November to 6am on Monday
For details of council works on highways, visit our website. For full local roadwork details, including work by utility firms, please visit the One Network website.