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Calling all bird keepers! Help protect our feathered friends

Bird flu cases have unfortunately been found locally and to help reduce spread Defra has established a temporary disease control zone covering 3km (1.86 mile) in all directions from the Thames at Eton, where infected swans were recently identified.

If you keep birds of any number, species or breed within the zone - either at your home, garden, dovecote, allotment, smallholding or farm – please complete this short survey by the evening of Friday 28 January to play your part in helping protect local wildfowl, poultry farms and your own birds. Please take part if you keep any captive birds within that zone, including poultry such as chickens, ducks or geese, any game birds such as pheasants, any aviary and caged birds, or any racing or fancy pigeons.

National public health advice remains that risk to human health is very low and poses a very low food safety risk. While local confirmed cases so far have been within a limited number of wild swans, bird flu is infectious and does pose a threat to birds wild and captive, as well as the poultry industry.

When cases are identified, part of effective disease control is to build a clear local picture of where birds are kept, how many and which species. The survey is being undertaken on behalf of Defra. The survey responses will allow Defra vets to offer advice and undertake checks with those bird keepers at higher risk, and ultimately lift the zone once they’re confident the disease is under control locally.
Could your business apply for our Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant?

The Royal Borough is inviting eligible hospitality, leisure, and accommodation businesses to apply for further Covid grants to support them following the Omicron outbreak.

We are offering businesses one-off grants from the Government of either £2,677, £4,000 or £6,000, depending on the rateable value of their trading premises, to help eligible rate-paying businesses in these hard-hit sectors. 

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant aims to support eligible hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses that offer in-person services where the main service and activity takes place at the fixed rate-paying premises, including restaurants, pubs, bars, hotels, B&Bs and many visitor attractions.

Applications with supporting evidence must be made by the new extended deadline of Friday 18 Mach 2022. To see full eligibility criteria, check exemptions and apply, visit our website.

Learn more in our press release.
Share your views on our draft Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Strategy 2021-24
Residents, community groups and partner organisations are invited to help finalise the Royal Borough’s strategy for providing safe accommodation and associated support for victims of domestic abuse.  
We are consulting on our draft Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Strategy 2021-24, which sets out how safe accommodation and support for domestic abuse victims and their children will be provided over the period.
As a council, we already work closely with partners to provide safe accommodation for victims of domestic abuse and their children, with each family offered tailored support to meet their needs.

Once adopted, the strategy will provide a way to better prioritise work and investment to enable us to ensure all victims and their children can access good quality, affordable and safe accommodation, along with appropriate support, to start to rebuild their lives.
You can complete the consultation on the RBWM Together website by midnight on Friday 4 February.
Learn more in our press release.
Make your home more energy efficient with the Green Homes Grant scheme

Eligible homeowners or private tenants are invited to apply to the Green Homes Grant scheme to make improvements to increase the comfort and energy efficiency of their homes.

These are designed to lower carbon emissions and save money on fuel bills and could include:

  • Wall and loft insulation
  • Air source, ground source or hybrid heat pumps
  • Double/triple glazing to replace single glazing
  • Thermostats and heating controls
  • Hot water tank insulation.

Warmworks, which is delivering the scheme on our behalf, will arrange a survey in the homes of eligible householders to agree what work will be carried out. An accredited and registered sub-contractor team then completes the installation of the agreed measures.

Full details and eligibility criteria are available on the Warmworks website.
Reminder - time running out to take part in our budget consultation

Residents, community groups and businesses have over a week left to take part in the Royal Borough’s consultation on our proposed budget.

This 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.

To take part in the consultation, which started in early December and closes on Monday 31 January, visit the RBWM Together website.

More information is available in our press release.
Don’t make resolutions, make habits

Our January communications campaign continues this week, with a focus on exercising at home, the gym or at one of our local leisure centres.

We’ve shared a great set of 10-minute chair exercises from Optalis, our adult social care provider, as well as the NHS’ Shake Up games which are perfect for getting you and your family moving.

Whether you’re a first timer, or you’ve stopped going, now is also a great time to sign up to your local gym. Visit the Leisure Focus website for information about the facilities and classes at your local leisure centre.

Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the campaign.
Covid safety measures for public council meetings

Our council meetings which welcome public attendance are held in the Council Chamber at Maidenhead Town Hall, and in the Grey Room at York House in Windsor.

Thorough Covid-19 risk assessments and environmental health checks, we ensure safety measures are in place at both venues to mitigate against any spread of the virus during these meetings.

At both the Town Hall and York House, hand sanitiser is available at their receptions, and all participants are encouraged to wear a face covering in line with government guidance. The Council Chamber at the Town Hall, and the Grey Room at York House, are both sanitised after each session. Socially distanced public seating is also available at each venue.

If you do plan to attend one of our council meetings, please take a negative lateral flow test before you arrive.

To find out about upcoming public council meetings visit our website. If you’d rather attend virtually, our meetings are streamed live on our YouTube channel and also kept as recordings.
Upcoming railway work in Windsor & Eton

The railway between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside will be closed all day from Monday 21 to Sunday 27 February.

This is because of work by South Western Railway (SWR) to install new signalling and undertake essential track and bridge maintenance.

Rail replacement buses will be in operation between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside throughout the closure, then also between Hounslow and Windsor & Eton Riverside on Sunday 27 February.

Visit the SWR website for further information.
Help improve your local fire and rescue service’s website

Residents are being asked for their views to help develop the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) website.

During this year, RBFRS will be making changes to their website, and are looking to improve user experience and provide more of the information that residents are looking for.

Their survey closes at 5pm on Monday 31 January.
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • Endymion Ensemble classical concert (Norden Farm, Maidenhead) - Friday 28 January at 7.30pm – Presented by the Maidenhead Music Society, this concert will be in memory of Rudi Sheldon, who passed away last November after a lifetime of contributions to cultural and community services in Maidenhead. To book your tickets, visit the Norden Farm website

  • Uncover six million years of human history (St Marks Methodist Church, Maidenhead) – Starting Thursday 3 March. The five-week Aspects of Prehistory course will look at periods of human history from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Attendees will also get the opportunity to handle a variety of historic artefacts. For more details, visit the Workers’ Educational Association website or email Steph Diggon if you are interested in signing up

  • Join Maidenhead Choral Society (St Lukes Church, Maidenhead) Why not come along and give this friendly and inclusive amateur choir a try? Rehearsing Monday evenings from 7.45pm, this mixed amateur choir also have a professional conductor and accompanist. Visit the Maidenhead Choral Society website for more information

If you have an upcoming not-for-profit community event or activity you’d like to promote in this 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 between Junctions 4b (M25 interchange) and 5 (Langley) from 8pm today until 6am on Monday 24 January.

The M4 is also due to be closed in both directions between Junctions 5 (Langley) and 6 (Slough-Windsor) from 8pm on Friday 28 January to 6am on Monday 31 January.

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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