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Independent review finds Royal Borough has made good progress after positive shift in strategic leadership and culture

The Royal Borough has made “good progress” where needed as a council over recent years and also has a clear direction to strengthen further, thanks to a positive shift in strategic leadership and the culture of the organisation.  

That’s the initial feedback from an independent Corporate Peer Challenge, completed last week, which saw us invite an external team to interview councillors, staff, residents and external partners, as part of reviewing the council’s performance.

Councils have a Corporate Peer Challenge on a regular basis, organised free-of-charge via the Local Government Association, to provide a practitioner perspective and “critical friend” feedback to support ongoing improvement across the sector. 

Despite the challenges of Covid, the review’s initial feedback is the Royal Borough has made “good progress” where needed since its previous review in 2017 and is already well aware of further work required, guided by its new Corporate Plan and strong leadership.

Learn more in our press release.
Extraordinary Full Council meeting on Tuesday to consider Borough Local Plan

Full Council is holding an extraordinary meeting at the Holiday Inn, Maidenhead, on Tuesday 8 February at 7pm, to consider adoption of the Borough Local Plan. We’ve deliberately chosen a large venue with plenty of car parking spaces, given the significant public interest.

The most convenient way to watch is live via our YouTube channel, but if you wish to attend in-person, please take a negative Lateral Flow Test beforehand and consider wearing a face covering.

Be aware that public seating spaces are still limited to around 170 so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Members of the public who have submitted questions in advance will have a reserved seat available if they wish to attend the meeting in-person.
Contracts exchanged on lease surrender agreement for Maidenhead Golf Course site

The exchange of contracts on lease surrender agreement has taken place with Maidenhead Golf Club with respect to the Golf Course site.

This agreement allows the club to remain in occupation until December 2025 while ensuring we can bring forward in a timely manner a significant development site that’s so crucial to meeting a significant proportion of the community’s housing need in a strategic way, delivering a sustainable new urban extension as part of the next phase of Maidenhead’s regeneration.

The site offers a highly sustainable location, which, once complete, will deliver more than 2,000 desperately needed homes, with 30% of the properties being affordable, in addition to a new primary and secondary school, and a community hub. It’s a critical part of the Borough Local Plan, which has now been independently assessed as sound by an independent Planning Inspector.

The Royal Borough is currently 83% green belt and while a fraction of greenbelt development is needed to meet local housing need, 82% will still remain green belt. This site allocation will therefore accommodate future population growth while preventing speculative development across the borough, including on green belt land elsewhere, while opening-up significant areas of green space for public access, improve walking and cycling connectivity for residents.

Read our FAQ about the Borough Local Plan to learn more.
Apply early to hold a Platinum Jubilee street party

The Royal Borough invites you to join Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer by applying to hold street parties in your community.

Events and initiatives marking Her Majesty’s milestone 70 years of service as monarch to the UK and Commonwealth will be held throughout the year, building to celebrations over the extended Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June. 

Applications for temporary road closures need to be made at least 10 weeks in advance to meet legal requirements. The closing date for all applications is Friday 25 March. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

We're looking forward to receiving lots of early applications from across the borough. And what's more, you’ll be glad to know that we're even covering the legal fees for the temporary road closures.

For full details and to apply, please visit our Platinum Jubilee webpage.

More information is available in our press release.
Final reminder: Last chance to have your say on our draft Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Strategy

Residents, community groups and partner organisations have until midnight tonight (Friday 4 February) 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.

You can complete the consultation on the RBWM Together website.

Learn more in our press release.
Are you passionate about safeguarding children and young people?

Our Royal Borough Safeguarding Partnership is recruiting four additional independent members to ensure safeguarding across our borough is effective and well-coordinated.

Independent members are the public eyes and ears, playing a key role in the oversight and scrutiny of the Partnership’s decisions and policies. Your community insights add value to otherwise exclusively professional discussions, helping everyone stay in touch with local realities and issues.

Independent members can come from any profession or background, be of any age, but it does help if you understand the borough’s dynamics.

The Partnership’s two existing independent members are due to retire but will be on hand to support their replacements. The roles are voluntary although expenses are paid for the six annual meetings.

To find out more, or apply, email our safeguarding assurance manager, Daniel Crampton. Applications close on Friday 1 April.
Celebrate Lunar New Year in Maidenhead town centre

Maidenhead High Street will be transformed this weekend to mark the start of the Lunar New Year, complete with activities for the whole community to take part in.

The celebrations kick off in style tomorrow (Saturday 5 February) at 1pm with the return of the much-loved Lion Dance Parade. The traditional performance and thunder drumming, which start at the Boy and the Boat statue, will produce an exciting display of colour and rhythm.

Celebrations will continue on Saturday 26 February, when Maidenhead High Street will host a speciality food market celebrating the nations who mark the Lunar New Year – it promises to be a delicious mix of hot food, snacks, treats and drinks.

For further information, read 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.

Visit the Energy Saving Trust website to apply today.
Valentine's Advantage Card competition and monthly offers

Advantage Card holders can enter a prize draw to win two tickets for Ascot Racecourse, a hamper from Dr Chocs Windsor Chocolate Factory, gin from Horse Guards London Dry Gin and a photo art gift from Windsor Eton Photoart! The competition closes next Monday (7 February).

Learn more on our website.
Get involved in local town forum meetings 

If you'd like to have your say on issues affecting Maidenhead and Windsor towns, we want to hear from you. 

You can suggest discussion topics for the Maidenhead Town Forum or Windsor Town Forum as well as attend and contribute to the virtual meetings. 

Agendas are published a week in advance, so you can see what councillors will be discussing, and get involved if there’s a topic you’re interested in.  

Your discussion suggestions will be added to a future agenda if appropriate.

The next Windsor Town Forum is on Tuesday 8 March and the next Maidenhead Town Forum is on Thursday 17 March.

To learn about how to get involved, email (for Maidenhead Town Forum) or (for Windsor Town Forum). You can watch the meetings live on our YouTube channel
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • 1947 Thames Flood exhibition (10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday until end of March) - Maidenhead Heritage Centre. This free exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of the disastrous 1947 Thames Flood and includes memories of those who lived through the floods and many photographs. Heritage Centre researchers are grateful to readers of this newsletter who have already contacted them with personal memories of local floods, please feel free to share your memories with researchers via email. Learn more on the Maidenhead Heritage Centre website

  • 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

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 6 (Slough-Windsor) and 8/9 (Maidenhead) from 8pm today to 6am on Monday 7 February.

The M4 is also due to be closed in both directions between Junctions 4b (M25 interchange) and 5 (Langley) from 8pm on Friday 11 February to 6am on Monday 14 February.

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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