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Waste collection changes will support Environment and Climate Strategy

From Monday 18 October 2021, our rubbish collections will change, making weekly collections more sustainable and environmentally friendly to support the council’s Environment and Climate Strategy.

By maintaining and securing the weekly bin collection for recycling and food waste for the future, the Royal Borough remains in just 20% of councils that continue to have a weekly bin collection. As you are increasingly recycling more and throwing away less, it is important to spend your money wisely and do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint.

From Monday 18 October, waste (black bins) will be collected fortnightly. In addition, the council will return to a five-day collection, Monday to Friday. These changes mean 71% of residents will see a change to their general waste collection day.

Earlier this week, we shared a special edition of Residents' Newsletter to help prepare you for the changes in plenty of time, including information on how larger households can request a bigger capacity bin. 

You can also read our press release to learn more.
Final reminder: Help shape our Corporate Plan

If you’ve not already taken part in recent weeks, you only have until Sunday 12 September (this weekend) to have your say in the public consultation on our draft Corporate Plan.

The plan sets out the headline areas we need to focus on over the next five years to make sure everyone in the borough has the best chance in life.

Once finalised, this important strategic document for the whole borough will help guide our work with partners and form part of our post-Covid recovery.

You can take part in the consultation, which launched on Monday 2 August, on the RBWM together website.

Learn more in our press release.
Promoting Children's Services: See our helpful video guide and FAQs on schools admissions

Schools and school admissions have been the focus this week of our dedicated communications work highlighting services for children and young people.

With the application process having opened yesterday, Thursday 9 September, for secondary school admissions in September 2022, our admissions team leader Siân has kindly made a useful social media video to guide parents and carers through the online applications process. Please also read her important FAQs for some top tips.

We’ve also been raising awareness of the exciting opportunity to get involved in supporting local education by becoming a school governor. We have 66 schools in the Royal Borough, served by a total of almost 1,000 governors, who make important decisions about how each school is run, to provide the best possible education for pupils.

To mark Youth Mental Health Day, which fell this week on Tuesday, 7 September, we’ve highlighted some of the mental health support and services available to children and young people in the Royal Borough. The Little Blue Book of Sunshine from NHS Frimley CCG is a helpful and reliable guide for children and young people to help them manage their mental health. Meanwhile, Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online mental health support.

Next week, the focus of our communications work will turn to our Family Hubs Service, which integrates early help support for our most vulnerable children, young people and families, and enables staff to work more intensively with referred families which need that tailored help, improving children’s life chances while reducing the need for statutory intervention.
Trader must pay more than £16,000 in compensation for unfair commercial practices

A trader has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds in compensation thanks to a successful Trading Standards prosecution by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

Terence Jordan, also known as Terry, who is in his early thirties and used multiple addresses, pleaded guilty to engaging in unfair commercial practice contrary to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. 

It related to incidents at six households between September 2017 and November 2018, including one in Windsor, where he supplied emergency glazing services to customers. 

Jordan, who also uses the surname Jordon, received a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and will pay compensation of £16,783 to his victims within six months. This figure includes a separate judgement of £2,705 made to one of the victims in the civil courts.

Learn more in our press release.
Learn more about Active Travel and share your views

Alongside our ongoing Active Travel consultation, which closes on Sunday 3 October, a number of drop-in sessions have been organised to explain more about Active Travel and its themes.

Our ‘Big Conversation’ is an opportunity to share your ideas to help shape walking and cycling improvements in the Royal Borough. Our next session is being held at Windsor Library on Tuesday 14 September from 4 - 7pm.

There are other sessions at:

  • Old Windsor Library, Monday 27 September, 4 - 7pm
  • Maidenhead Library, Wednesday 29 September, 4 - 7pm

Sessions have already taken place at Cookham Dean and Sunningdale. To learn more about our consultation, which started on Tuesday 17 August, read our press release.
Join Maidenhead Library’s pallet planter workshop

Join staff and volunteers at Maidenhead Library this Saturday 11 September (tomorrow) from 10am to 12pm for some green-fingered fun!

This is a chance to build raised beds from old wooden pallets and create a lovely little green space for the community to both cultivate and enjoy.

If you have any plants you can spare for the workshop, please do bring them along with you.

This activity is not recommended for anyone under the age of 12.
Free online parenting courses for local families

If you are a parent, grandparent, or carer, and live in the Royal Borough, you can get free 24/7 access to NHS-backed online parenting courses and guides.

The guides contain advice relevant to expectant parents, parents, grandparents, and carers of children of all ages including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service now recruiting Fire Cadets

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is recruiting Fire Cadets at a number of fire stations including Maidenhead.

The Fire Cadets initiative gives young people aged 12 to 16 the chance to take part in practical and theoretical fire and rescue service activities, which teach essential life skills such as self-discipline, confidence, and leadership.

The programme will commence in October 2021, and run until the end of the school year in July 2022.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in this opportunity, you can find out how to register your interest on the RBFRS website.
September’s Advantage Card offers

The Advantage Card September offers are out! This month you can win Windsor Festival tickets and there are offers from Ascot Racecourse, The Savill Garden, Rush Windsor and Rush Maidenhead, Eton Leathergoods Repairs, and Emotional Fitness: A-Z.

See full details on our website.

If you haven’t done so already, sign up to receive our special Advantage Card offer emails.
Have your say

We regularly hold consultations to get your views on proposals within the Royal Borough.

Responding to our consultations and giving your feedback is the best way to ensure your views are heard.

Our current consultations are:

More information can be found on the consultations pages of our website. 
M4 closures and other roadworks

The M4 is due to be closed in both directions between junctions 3 (Hayes) and 4b (M25 interchange) from 8pm today until 6am on Monday 6 September

The M4 is also due to be closed next weekend between junctions 5 (Langley) and 6 (Slough) from 8pm on Friday 17 September until 6am on the following Monday.

Visit the Highways England website for more details on the M4 smart motorway scheme.

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.
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