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Please play your part to help to control bird flu
bird flu cases have been found among a number of swans on the River
Thames at Eton, and Defra’s disease control zone is in place as a
asking everyone to play their part to minimise the spread and protect
our swans, other waterfowl and commercial poultry flocks. Following
Defra’s advice, we’ve put in place, on a precautionary and temporary
basis, some targeted measures focussed around the affected area:
owners are required to keep dogs on leads along the riverbanks at
Windsor and Eton, including adjacent grassy areas such as The Brocas.
This gives you more control over pets and reduces the risk of dogs
getting involved with potentially-infected bird mess on the riverbanks
and spreading the infection on their feet.
also asking people not to feed the swans at Eton and Windsor for the
time being, in order to reduce public footfall at the riverside and
discourage swans and other waterfowl from congregating closely together
to get food. But don’t worry, the swans definitely won’t go hungry as
the charity Swan Support is monitoring the swan population and feeding
in a measured way.
unfortunately, you find dead wild waterfowl such as swans, geese or
ducks, or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, please
let Defra know on 03459 33 55 77. Do not touch dead or sick wild birds.
Temporary suspension of Community Collect
Christmas period, we experienced unprecedented demand for our lateral
flow test (LFT) home test kits, as local pharmacies and GPs supplies
were low. We distributed some 5,500 kits in this time.
stocks of home use LFT kits now depleted, we’ve sadly had to suspend our
Community Collect scheme at our leisure centres while we await delivery
confirmation of our next order.
Our LFT Assisted
Testing site at Braywick Leisure Centre does however remain open, as
normal, for all our residents as we have a large supply of these tests.
Find out more about this service on our website (Option 3).
hand out assisted testing LFTs for home use as they’re not designed for
this. However, care home, education, and NHS professionals can use
assisted LFT kits at home, so we’re working with our partners to enable
issues for home use LFTs is being felt nationally. We're doing all we
can to secure the speedy delivery of our next batch of home use LFTs
which we're ready to receive weekends and evenings if needed.
Reminder - time running out to take part in our budget consultation
community groups and businesses have two weeks left to take part in the
Royal Borough’s consultation on our proposed budget.
proposed budget for 2022/23 is an investment budget that looks to
support our most vulnerable residents while ensuring we continue to
provide high quality services for all.
robust budgets in February 2020 and 2021, the proposals aim to
significantly increase levels of investment and growth in key areas, and
to support the delivery of our priorities in our Corporate Plan.
feedback will help inform discussions when the draft budget is debated
at Full Council on Tuesday 22 February 2022.
To take part in the consultation, which started in early December and closes on Monday 31 January, visit the RBWM Together website.
Schools plant trees to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee
from more than 30 schools across the Royal Borough have planted over
1,000 trees as part of an initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum
Jubilee this year.
The trees will form part of the Queen’s Green Canopy, a project which invites people from across the UK to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.
council offered a batch of small trees to all the borough’s schools,
colleges and nurseries to mark the celebration. These were of mixed
species and were mainly native such as hawthorn, crab-apple, silver
birch, field maple, holly, hornbeam, scots pine, wild cherry and rowan.
trees is an important part of our Environment and Climate Strategy
which sets out our vision and actions to achieve the borough's net-zero
emissions target by 2050 at the latest.
Enjoy Maidenhead is becoming Make Maidenhead
Enjoy Maidenhead, our social media account which celebrates all the
wonderful shops, markets, and events happening in and around
Maidenhead, is becoming Make Maidenhead.
Make sure you stay in the loop by following Make Maidenhead on Facebook.
Take part in Royal Berkshire Fire Authority’s Council Tax consultation
Berkshire Fire Authority (RBFA) is consulting on Royal Berkshire Fire
and Rescue Service’s (RBFRS) funding through Council Tax for the next
authorities such as RBFA are in the lowest quartile nationally in terms
of Council Tax charges but face the greatest challenges in addressing
fire authority say their proposed £5 increase for an average band D
property in 2022/23 will enable RBFRS to continue to provide a modern
and effective fire service for all residents across Berkshire.
RBFRS is encouraging everyone who lives, works, or travels in Berkshire to have their say on their survey, which is open until 5pm on Tuesday 1 February.
Royal Borough community spotlight
Here are just some of the upcoming community events in the Royal Borough:
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
1947 Thames flood exhibition opening soon – Maidenhead Heritage Centre are opening an exhibition early next month to mark the 75th
anniversary of the disastrous 1947 Thames flood. Residents
who have memories of the flood, or other more recent flooding,
between Hurley and Bray are encouraged share their stories with the
centre via email
Want to sing like no one is listening? Join Maidenhead Tuneless Choir!
- This choir is for anyone who enjoys singing but doesn’t necessarily
have the vocal talent for singing in parts. It’s zero pressure, zero
judgement and is just about having fun and going for it. Anyone
interested in joining can contact Tabitha via email or call 07813 649341. Tabitha promises that no one will be turned away for being too bad a singer
Sign up for Voices Anon – Aiming
to introduce adults of all ages to the skills, techniques, and fun of
choral singing, Voices Anon is a great way for members to improve their
vocal skills and sing for their own enjoyment. They rehearse on Thursday
evenings at St Prian’s School, Maidenhead, and perform at least two
concerts a year. Please email to register your interest in joining. More information can be found on the Voices Anon website
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M4 is due to be closed in both directions between Junctions 3 (Hayes)
and 4b (M25 interchange) from 4am tomorrow (Saturday 15) until 6am on
Monday 17 January.
M4 is also due to be closed in both directions between Junctions 4b
(M25 interchange) and 5 (Langley) from 8pm on Friday 21 January to 6am
on Monday 24 January.
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.