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Maidenhead Station forecourt officially reopened after major improvements
improvements transforming Maidenhead Station’s forecourt into a modern
transport hub have been completed, with the enhanced new gateway to the
town centre officially re-opened earlier this week.
enhancements have made the forecourt more accessible and will ensure
Maidenhead is prepared for increased demand as a result of upgrades to
the rail network with the opening of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail).
Some of the improvements include:
- 312 secure cycle storage stands and two electric bike charging points, with a CCTV camera covering the area to deter theft.
- Six disabled parking spaces, as well as motorcycle spaces.
including wider pedestrian walkways, improved lighting to ensure areas
where people will walk are well lit, seating and trees.
Could your organisation join our Climate Partnership?
borough-wide Climate Partnership bringing together private and public
sector organisations, as well as community groups, will be created to
oversee the delivery of the Royal Borough’s Environment and Climate
utilising the knowledge and expertise of organisations across the
borough, the partnership will better support delivery of the outcomes
set out in the strategy as well as supporting the council to deliver on
its own actions and commitments.
The partnership will be an independent organisation to research, create and co-ordinate delivery of the strategy.
The network will provide a greater reach into businesses and communities, as well as expertise.
Your weekly rubbish collections start from Monday
After months of preparation, everything is in place for the launch of revised waste collection services from Monday 18 October (next week).
- Recycling and food waste will be collected weekly
- Rubbish (non-recyclable, residual waste) will be collected fortnightly
- Communal waste collections and streets where the majority of properties receive sack collections – remain weekly
In addition, we will return to a five-day collection week, Monday to Friday, with no scheduled Saturday collections.
You should have received a leaflet detailing your new collection day, and from Monday, you can also check your next collection day online. Your recycling and food waste bins go out on the same day of the week as your rubbish bin. Please have your bins out by 6.30am.
Any missed bins should be reported using the Report It tool online:
this is the quickest and most effective way to resolve any issues. If
bins have the wrong waste inside them, they will not be collected until
the items are removed.
If you have any queries about the revised waste collections, we have frequently asked questions on our website
. These are being regularly updated.
50% of household waste in the borough is currently recycled, but our
target is to increase this to at least 65%, to help meet the aims in our
Environment and Climate Strategy, and our commitment to achieving net
zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. We need your help to
We have put a lot of advice on our website
to help you reduce waste and maximise the space in your bins. If you
have any more ideas to help reduce waste, please contact us, and we can
add them in.
Reduced council service Thursday 21 October
We will have a reduced service within the council next Thursday (21 October) due to important staff training.
will be temporarily closed for the day and the customer contact centre
will be closed for all non-emergency enquiries. We apologise for any
Thursday 21 October you have a situation requiring an immediate council
response, where there is an immediate risk to health and safety, please
email firstname.lastname@example.org which will be monitored throughout the day.
Raising awareness for World Mental Health Awareness Day
week, we have been sharing mental health information and advice on our
social media channels to promote World Mental Health Awareness Day.
We’ve promoted several mental health support services including the local Talking Therapies service for adults, and the free anonymous children’s mental health service, Kooth.
We’ve also highlighted the steps everyone can take to improve their mental health and the signs of poor mental health which we can learn to recognise in order to better support our loved ones.
As the days are now growing colder and darker, we also shared exercises recommended by the NHS to help battle depression and low mood in these gloomy autumn nights.
If you’re not already, make sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook, and NextDoor to see the latest local news and updates.
Covid grants available for community groups
If you're a
community group, voluntary or not-for-profit organisation in the Royal
Borough, you could be eligible to get a grant to help tackle the
prevalence of Covid in your area.
has a £50,000 funding pot to support hidden or hard to reach communities
within the Royal Borough, to help boost uptake of the vaccination and
Applications are open for this one-off grant funding and you can apply online. The closing date is Sunday 21 November.
Household Support Fund to assist vulnerable residents
may have seen in the news that the Government has recently announced a
sum of money, the Household Support Fund, to help councils assist
vulnerable households to cover essential costs over the coming months.
currently considering the national guidance for use of this funding and
how best to allocate the Royal Borough’s share in order to assist those
who meet the criteria with the costs of food, energy, other household
bills and, in exceptional circumstances, rent.
least 50% of the funding must be used to help those facing financial
hardship who have children. Further details will be announced in the
Asian hornets spotted in North Ascot
a confirmed sighting of an Asian hornet in North Ascot, Royal Borough
residents are asked to report sightings using the Asian Hornet Watch app
available on the App Store and Google Play Store, or by emailing email@example.com. Please include a photograph if you can safely obtain one.
hornets are smaller than our native hornet and pose no greater risk to
human health than our native wasps or hornets. However, they do pose a
risk to honeybees and work is already underway to monitor for any hornet
activity and to identify any nests nearby.
is important to take care not to approach or disturb a nest. Asian
hornets are not generally aggressive towards people but an exception to
this is when they perceive a threat to their nest.
Helping you stay well
It brings together a range of different sources of information to help you to manage your physical and mental health better.
small changes you can make in your eating and exercise habits, to
knowing which service to use when you are feeling unwell, the guide has
lots of helpful information.
Would you like to learn how to save a life?
Windsor Community Defibrillator Partnership (WCDP) are running a number
of familiarisation sessions also incorporating Cardio Pulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR); another vital life-saving technique.
The free 90-minute awareness sessions are provided
by a former paramedic from the South Central Ambulance Service and will
be held at Woody’s Café in Clewer Memorial Recreation Ground at 10.30am and 1pm on Saturday 16 October (tomorrow).
Places are limited to 40 per session and will be allocated on first come basis, if you are interested in attending one of the sessions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local children’s charity honoured with Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Link Foundation, a children’s charity committed to improving the lives
of children and their families in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, has
been honoured with a Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) – the
highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK.
QAVS, also known as The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award, was
awarded to The Link Foundation for its exemplary volunteer work and
award is equivalent to an MBE and was first established by HM Queen
Elizabeth II in 2002. The charity will receive a certificate from the
Queen and a domed glass crystal.
If you would like to find out more about The Link Foundation, seek support, or donate money, please visit their website, or contact Nicola Ross.
Royal Borough community spotlight
Here are just some of the upcoming community events in the Royal Borough.
St Michael’s School Scarecrow Trail
(Monday 25 to Sunday 31 October) – Sunninghill, Ascot. A great family
event, with 40 community-designed scarecrows to be found across the
village. Trail maps are available at local village shops. Learn more on
the Facebook event page.
(Thursday 11 November) – via Zoom. If you’re job hunting and want to
know how to get your LinkedIn profile noticed by recruiters, sign up to
Careers Springboard East Berkshire’s free virtual workshop. To
learn more, visit their website.
Windsor & Maidenhead orchestral concert (Saturday
20 November, 7.30pm) – Braywick Leisure Centre. An evening of classical
music featuring the talents of the Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony
Orchestra (WMSO) Royal Free Singers, Maidenhead Choral Society and
Dedworth Middle School Children’s Choir. To learn more and book your
tickets, visit the WMSO website.
ADS Santa Fun Run
(10.30am, Saturday 28 November) – Eton College, Dorney Lake. Put on
your free Santa suit (included in your registration pack) and join
hundreds of other Santa’s running a 5k course to raise money for local
people with dementia, their carers and families in Ascot, Maidenhead and
Windsor. Learn more on the Eventbrite page.
Knowl Hill Badminton Club
– Calling all experienced, and rusty, badminton players. There are
vacancies at Knowl Hill Badminton Club. The club meets every Monday from
9.45-11.45am, and are a mixed, friendly, socially orientated group of
players of varied ability with ages ranging from 50+. If you’d like to
join or learn more about the club, please email email@example.com or call 01628 822282.
If you have an upcoming not-for-profit community event or activity you’d like to promote in our Residents’ Newsletter, simply send basic information about your event to firstname.lastname@example.org and it could be shared with over 19,000 local residents.
just need to include a brief description, when and where it takes
place, and a link to a website/social media page/contact where people
can find out more.
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 18
The M4 is also due to be closed in both directions overnight only
during the weekend of 22 October – 25 October 2021 between junctions 4b
(M25) and 5 (Langley). The closure will start after 8pm Friday 22
October and the motorway will reopen by 6am each morning.
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.