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Revised waste collection service launched

Our revised waste collection service started this week.

From Monday 18 October:

  • 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 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. Recycling should be rinsed and free from food waste - contaminated materials cannot be recycled. 

If you have any queries about the revised waste collections, we have frequently asked questions on our website. These are being regularly updated.

Around 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 achieve this.
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.
Deal agreed for first phase of Maidenhead town centre regeneration scheme

A £155m funding deal has been agreed for the first phase of The Landing, a mixed used scheme of 429 homes, along with extensive accommodation for office, retail, business and community use.

Developers HUB and Smedvig have agreed the deal with build-to-rent operator Get Living to forward fund the first phase of the development.

It enables the delivery of the homes and 23,000 sq ft of ground floor retail, as well as car parking and extensive new public space on a 3.5-acre site in Maidenhead town centre. Construction will start on site immediately and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2024.

For more information, see the press release.
Temporary car park to close to enable next stage of regeneration

The temporary car park at The Landing, off Queen Street, Maidenhead, will close on Sunday 31 October to enable the next exciting stage of Maidenhead’s town centre regeneration to progress.

This space was always intended to become part of the wider redevelopment scheme, known as The Landing. We’ve used it in the meantime to provide a few extra short stay spaces for the town centre.

Motorists are still welcome to use the other existing car parks in Maidenhead, including Grove Road and West Street, which together have sufficient available spaces for additional vehicles.
Full Fibre contract to connect Berkshire schools and public buildings to world-class digital infrastructure

West Berkshire Council has awarded a major contract to Virgin Media Business to supply Full Fibre infrastructure to schools, GP surgeries, and public libraries across Berkshire, including the Royal Borough, by March 2022.

Connectivity at more than 80 locations is set to be upgraded, with more than 26,000 school pupils able to benefit from future-proof full fibre connections. 

Covid-19 has led to schools dramatically accelerating their digital learning programmes, which has caused challenges in harder to reach rural areas. Full fibre infrastructure will support digital learning and can power the next-generation of connected services. For schools and other public sites, it offers the potential for them to benefit from gigabit speeds, and can support connections of more than 1,000Mbps.

Learn more in our press release.
Have your say on draft Flood Risk Management Plans

The Environment Agency is holding a public consultation on draft Flood Risk Management Plans across a number of areas, including the Thames.

These are strategic plans that set out how to manage flood risk in nationally identified areas for the period 2021-2027.

The Agency has worked with lead local flood authorities, including the Royal Borough, to produce the draft plans and now wants to hear your views.

The consultation runs until 21 January 2022. For more information, and to respond, please visit the Environment Agency's consultation page.
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.

The council 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 regular testing.

Applications are open for this one-off grant funding and you can apply online. The closing date is Sunday 21 November.

For more information, and to apply, visit our website.
Events and activities planned to mark 'COPtober'

A series of events are planned in the borough in the run up to, and during, the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.

The RBWM Climate Community - made of residents from the borough with a passion to address the climate crisis - have created the 'COPtober' brand.

This will be used for all climate and environmental initiatives and events locally, covering 16 October to 13 November.

The group has invited organisations from across the borough to contribute to the calendar of events and activities encouraging people to cut their carbon footprint.

For more information, and the calendar, visit the group's Facebook page.

Check out the Maidenhead Advertiser's story on the launch for further information.
All the Halloween fun, less waste

It can be scary how much waste a Halloween party can produce! You can still have lots of fun without producing as much waste.

Dressing up
A scary costume is part of the fun, but it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Get together with friends and “swish” costumes – have a swapping party, so that costumes get reused. Or why not get creative and make your own? You don’t have to be skilled at sewing – cut up old clothes and team with face paint for a zombie or make a ghost costume out of an old sheet. It can be cut up for dusters and cleaning cloths afterwards.

Treats don’t have to be tricky
If you are taking part in trick or treating, and want to keep waste low, avoid individually wrapped items in plastic. Instead, buy loose sweets from a market or zero waste shop, or a large bag online, and wrap portions in twists of bright paper or pretty paper bags. Or why not offer alternative treats? You could try little boxes of raisins or small fruits like apples or satsumas – draw a scary face on a satsuma to match your pumpkins. Or offer something that can be kept and used, like pencils or crayons.

Eat your pumpkin
Millions of pumpkins bought for Halloween are expected to go uneaten this year. With food waste being one of the biggest contributors to climate change, eating your pumpkin is a really simple way of reducing Halloween waste. Hubbub and Love Food Hate Waste have lots of recipes to use up your pumpkin instead of just throwing it away (and if you do throw it away, put it in your food caddy).

Learn how to cook delicious meals and snacks with your pumpkins with Love Food Hate Waste, or with Hubbub.

If you really don’t like pumpkin, try reusable lanterns. You don’t have to buy them; you can make your own by putting tea lights inside empty jars you have decorated.
Royal Borough community spotlight

Here are just some of the upcoming community events in the Royal Borough.

  • Maidenhead Music Concert, (7.30pm Thursday 18 November) – Norden Farm Centre for the Arts. Favourite Beethoven and Chopin piano solos given by renowned pianist Piers Lane. To learn more and book your tickets, visit the Maidenhead Music Society website.

  • Windsor & Maidenhead Orchestral concert (20 November) – Braywick Leisure Centre. An evening of classical music featuring the talents of the Royal Free Singers, Maidenhead Choral Society and Dedworth Middle School Children’s Choir. To learn more and book your tickets, visit their website.

  • ADS Santa Fun Run (10.30am 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 the LOCAL People with Dementia, their Carers & Families in Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead, Slough, Langley & all points between. Learn more on the Eventbrite page.

  • Grand Autumn Bazaar, (10am - 12 noon, Saturday 30 October) - St Mark's Crescent Methodist Church, Maidenhead. A free family-friendly event with a range of stalls including Christmas novelties, greetings cards and jewellery. Proceeds to church funds. Learn more on the St Mark's website.

  • Treasure Island pantomime, (Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 December) – Holyport War Memorial Hall. Have a swashbuckling adventure this Christmas cheering the goodies and shouting down the baddies as we cross the sea to find the treasure. Learn more on the Little Box Office website.

  • St Marks Badminton Club – St Pirans School, Maidenhead. We play social (but competitive) badminton on Wednesday evenings (8-10pm). We are a friendly club with players of all ages (18+) and mixed abilities around 'intermediate' level. For further details please email Ian Parker or call 07940 691104.

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 and it could be shared with over 19,000 local residents.

You 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.
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

The M4 is due to be closed in both directions overnight only during the weekend of Friday 22 October – Monday 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.

The M4 is also due to be closed in both directions overnight only during the weekend of Friday 29 October – Monday 1 November 2021 between Junctions 6 (Slough) and 8/9 (Maidenhead). The closure will start after 8pm Friday 29 October and the motorway will reopen by 6am each morning.

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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