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Full Council votes to adopt Borough Local Plan supporting sustainable development until 2033
this week, the Royal Borough voted to formally agree the Borough Local
Plan (BLP), a key planning document guiding and supporting sustainable
growth, regeneration, and investment until 2033.
Borough Local Plan provides the vision for the borough’s future
development, including setting out how many new homes are needed, how
much space for jobs is required, the best locations for new development,
and where development cannot happen to protect valued natural and built
final document has been shaped over a decade through a series of public
consultations and includes the changes required by independent Planning
Inspector Mrs Louise Phillips to make it sound.
Council’s decision to adopt the Borough Local Plan means it has full
weight in deciding planning applications, complementing existing
planning documents such as the neighbourhood plans, as well as other
council work, plans and decisions
Royal Borough thanks public for amazing response to budget consultation as Cabinet amends proposals to include arts funding
you to everyone who took part in the public consultation on the
proposed budget for 2022/23, which saw around 1,800 consultation
responses submitted by residents, community groups and businesses.
valuable community feedback has been analysed and helped to inform
discussions when the proposed budget was presented to Cabinet yesterday
evening, ahead of Full Council meeting on Tuesday 22 February to set the budget.
in arts and culture was identified clearly as one of people’s key
budget priorities. In the light of tight budgetary constraints, Full
Council had decided in February 2021, as part of the budget-setting
process, to stop funding for Norden Farm and the Old Court.
night, Cabinet members voted to amend the proposed budget, which they
have recommended for approval to Full Council, to now include arts
funding of £115,000 for Norden Farm and £25,000 for the Old Court for
Share snaps of your Royal Jubilee and Coronation memorabilia for exhibition at Royal Borough’s libraries
are inviting residents to share their photos of Royal Jubilee street
parties and memorabilia dating from Her Majesty The Queen’s previous
milestone anniversaries, to help create an exciting exhibition for her
Library Service and the Mayor, Councillor John Story, want to see
copies of your old snaps of street parties and other celebrations held
locally for the jubilees in 1977, 2002 and 2012, or the Coronation in
1953. They’re also appealing for photos of people’s commemorative
collectables, whether that be crockery, ornaments, tea towels or postage
The resultant photographic exhibition, to be entitled 70 Years 70 Photos, will see those images put on display around local libraries, ahead of the main Platinum Jubilee weekend in June.
Please email your scanned photos, or digital copies, of past street parties and collectables to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images can also be submitted by posting on Twitter, using the hashtag
#70Years70Photos. By sending photos, you confirm they are your photos,
and you give permission for their reproduction.
lucky person will also be chosen at random to win a new book about The
Queen. The project is funded by Arts Council England money provided via
Libraries Connected, the national sector support organisation for
Spotlight on Services campaign highlights range of council services
Did you know we deliver around 400 different public services and activities as a council? Everyone knows about roads and bins, but we do so much more to support our residents, businesses and communities.
This week, as part
of our Spotlight on Services communications campaign, we've been
challenging our social media followers to watch short street scene clips
in various locations, including Ascot, Maidenhead and Windsor, and see how many services you can spot! Take part on Facebook or Twitter.
Over the next
two weeks, please look out for our series of social media posts
highlighting some of our services which are perhaps less well known but
Nominate an inspirational person as a batonbearer for the Commonwealth Games 2022
There are only a few days to go until nominations close for Batonbearers in England for the Commonwealth Games.
A batonbearer is someone who:
- Is willing to take on a challenge and has a unique and inspiring story
- Has made a meaningful contribution to sport, education, the arts, culture, or charity
- Is a figure of inspiration that positively challenges others to achieve their best
- Has taken on a challenge or cause and made a positive impact within their community.
Take part in the Automatic Fire Alarm Consultation
Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is asking everyone to
consider how it should respond to Automatic Fire Alarms in lower risk,
occupied buildings such as shops, office blocks, and factories.
public consultation, is being held because 99% of automatic fire alarm
calls are false alarms, caused by cooking fumes for example.
service says up to 1,300 hours of firefighter time could be saved each
year, and instead spent on other priority work such as vital training,
visiting high-risk properties to help prepare firefighters should they
need to respond to an incident there and ensuring more fire engines
would be available for emergency incidents.
To learn more and take part in the consultation, which ends on Monday 28 March, visit the RBFRS website.
Think pharmacy first
When you or your family are unwell, your local pharmacy is there to help.
pharmacists are trained medical professionals who can provide free
advice on the best treatment for a wide range of illnesses and minor
pharmacies can provide expert advice and a fast route to medication for
minor ailments like aches and pains, sore throat, coughs, colds,
flu-like symptoms, runny noses, earache and skin rashes. Most pharmacies
also have a confidential consulting area for privacy should you need to
discuss your condition.
Survey to find out views of South Asian unpaid carers
Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead has launched its Mind The Gap survey to
find out the views and experiences of South Asian unpaid carers across
the Royal Borough, and how services could be improved.
It wants to hear what it’s like for carers, what support is currently on offer, and if and how things need changing.
If you’re a South Asian unpaid carer, you can complete the survey online
or call the Healthwatch Hub on 0300 120184 to do it over the
phone. The survey is available in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and
Royal Borough community spotlight
Here are just some of the upcoming community events in the Royal Borough:
The Fabergé connection between England and Russia
- (11.30am Monday 21 February) - Baylis Theatre, Braywick Leisure
Centre. Inspired by the Romance to Revolution exhibition at the V&A
museum, The Arts Society Maidenhead will be holding a talk
providing a fascinating insight into the London branch of Fabergé. Entry
is £10 for non-Arts Society members. More information is available on
the Arts Society website
Online at-home chair exercises for older men -
(noon to 12.45pm from Friday 18 February to Friday 25 March). Men’s
Matters and the Workers Educational Association are running an online
chair exercise programme for older men (65+) via Zoom. The exercises are
quite gentle and participants can go at the pace that best suits them
from the comfort of home. To sign up, please email email@example.com. Further information is available on the Men’s Matters website
Spring concert - (7.30pm
Saturday 5 March) - St Mary’s Church, Maidenhead. The Windsor and
Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra (WMSO) will be performing a selection of
pieces by Walton, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky for their spring 2022
concert. Book your tickets and find out more on the WMSO website
Renaissance Voices 20th anniversary concert
- (7pm Saturday 5 March) - All Saints Church, Boyne Hill. Maidenhead
Renaissance Voices choir are marking their 20th anniversary with a
special concert featuring the atmospheric Requiem Mass for
Six Voices, and the exuberant Purcell ode, Come Ye Sons of Art.
Tickets are £15 and can be bought at the door. More information is
available on the Renaissance Voices website
Upcoming events at Windsor Senior Citizens Social Club
(King George VI Day Centre, Clarence Road, Windsor) - King George VI
Day Centre has an exciting calendar of events over the coming months
including a Valentine’s Day-themed lunch on Monday 14 February, a
Pancake Day pancake flipping competition on Tuesday 1 March, and St
Patrick's Day celebrations including music, games, and lunch on Thursday
17 March. The centre also has arts and crafts, live entertainment,
tea/coffee, and biscuits and offers fresh cooked meals. To learn more,
visit the King George VI Day Centre website
Sign up to Boyne Hill Cricket Club
- The cricket season is fast approaching, and Boyne Hill Cricket Club
is welcoming new members and colts, including four Saturday men’s teams,
two Sunday women’s teams, one friendly Sunday team, and over 250 colts (boys and girls) from age four upwards coached by great L2 coaches. Winter nets are starting soon, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining
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M4 is due to be closed in both directions between Junctions 4b (M25
interchange) and 5 (Langley) from 8pm today to 6am on Monday 14
M4 is also due to be closed in both directions between Junctions 6
(Slough-Windsor) and 8/9 (Maidenhead) from 8pm on Friday 18 February to
6am on Monday 21 February.
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.