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Storm Eunice updates

The Royal Borough is now under a red wind warning until 3pm. Please stay safe, take care, and only travel if absolutely necessary.

  • Due to a risk of flying debris and the potential for fallen trees, please avoid parks and open spaces if you can. We have closed parks where possible
  • The Stafferton Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Maidenhead is closed today for safety reasons
  • Some schools in the Borough are closed, visit our school closure webpage for the latest updates
  • We are currently still carrying out bin collections as normal. Once your bins have been emptied, please return them to their usual storage place as soon as possible
  • If you need to report a fallen tree on public land, or on our highways network, please call our customer services team on 01628 683800 and select option 3. Our team also need to be notified if a tree situated on private land falls onto public land, or if any protected trees come down
  • The Museum & Information Centre is closed today
  • The container library at Sunningdale is closed today, our other libraries remain open

Visit the Met Office website for storm safety advice and the latest forecast.

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Apply now to join our new resident parking discount scheme and save money on parking

Motorists living in the Royal Borough can now apply online for their free, virtual parking permits to join our new resident parking discount scheme offering one-hour free parking in six popular car parks.

You can apply for the discount at car parks in Alma Road and Alexandra Gardens in Windsor, Grove Road and West Street in Maidenhead, Horton Road in Datchet, and Meadow Lane in Eton. 

Just follow these simple steps to get started:

  1. Firstly, set up a free online account with the RingGo cashless parking system (if you don’t already have one).
  2. Then you can apply for your free virtual permits to get the discounts in the car parks you wish to use. Permit applications can be made via a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
  3. Once your application has been approved, start using your discounted sessions from Monday 4 April 2022, activated either through the RingGo app or via landline or mobile phone using the automated voice service.

You do not need to use a smart phone to apply for permits or use the discounts, as there are other options as outlined above. For more information on the scheme, how to apply and details of drop-in sessions for those who need help with the process, visit our parking discount webpage.

See press release to learn more.
Businesses invited to display poster and join the mission to end rough sleeping in the Royal Borough

If you run a shop or other business premises, there’s now a new way to play your part in our inspirational scheme that’s already raised more than £2,000 to help rough sleepers turn their lives around in the Royal Borough.

Tap 4 Lasting Change is our alternative giving scheme, which for the last year has allowed people to simply tap their debit card on a fixed donation point to give £3 towards the delivery of targeted services for rough sleepers.

As the scheme celebrates its successful first year (thanks to all who have donated), we are expanding the scheme so all shops and other premises can now support it – simply by displaying a poster in their window.

Using a smart phone, people can then scan a QR code on the poster to visit a secure website portal and donate £3, £5 or £10 to help end rough sleeping, making either a one-off or regular donation.

To participate in Tap 4 Lasting Change, businesses can download a poster from our website to display at their premises or email

Learn more in our press release.
Upcoming consultation on Sawyers Close regeneration

Abri, one of the largest housing providers in the south, is working with the Royal Borough to begin the first stage of a consultation programme as part of the planned regeneration of Sawyers Close in Windsor.

The communty enaggement will involve every household and will play a critical part in helping to shape the type of homes, inside and out, that will be needed. It will run for most of 2022 with each step feeding into the design and specification until a final scheme is agreed.

The announcement follows a survey carried out by Abri last year which revealed that 80% of their customers would be ‘very pleased’ to see the regeneration of the entire estate.

For more information, read Abri’s press release.
Return of the NHS vaccine bus

The NHS vaccination bus will be returning to the Royal Borough offering first, second and booster jabs next week at the following locations:

  • Woodlands Park Village Centre, Maidenhead on Thursday 24 February from 1 to 6pm
  • Maidenhead Mosque on Friday 25 February from 11am to 4pm
  • Cordwallis Road Surgery, Maidenhead on Saturday 26 February from 11am to 4pm

You don’t need to show your address, GP details or immigration status to get your jab. If you’ve got questions or concerns about the vaccine, have a chat with the medical staff onboard. They’re there to help.

Walk-ins have also now returned to the NHS vaccine sites the Town Hall and at Windsor Yards, alongside appointments made online via the online National Booking Service. For details about local walk-in days and times at these venues, visit Frimley Health and Care’s vaccination web page.
Funding secure for pilot to improve mobile phone connectivity

Government funding of £4 million has been secured to fund a pilot scheme to improve mobile phone connectivity across Berkshire by making it easier to share data and improve 4G and 5G infrastructure.

The Berkshire Digital Infrastructure Group, representing the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the six Berkshire local authorities and their partners Asset Market and Vodaphone UK have been successful in an application for the Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator (DCIA) pilot.

The pilot will help accelerate investment and deployment of advanced wireless networks which could mean less masts are needed in future.

Learn more on the Superfast Berkshire website.
Railway work affecting Windsor and Eton starts next week

The railway between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside will be closed all day next week 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.
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:

  • Saturday morning bazaar – (10 to 11.30am Saturday 19 February) – St Marks Crescent Methodist Church, Maidenhead. Enjoy a relaxed morning at St Marks, take part in the raffle, and discover stalls selling homemade cakes, stationery, books, and CDs. Funds raised will go towards the 2020 St marks Building Fund. To learn more, visit the St Marks Facebook page

  • The Fabergé connection between England and Russia - (11.30am Monday 21 February) - Baylis Theatre, Braywick Leisure Centre. Inspired by the “Romance to Revolution” exhibition at the V&A museum, The Arts Society Maidenhead will be holding a talk providing a fascinating insight into the London branch of Fabergé. Entry is £10 for non-Arts Society members. Email to book your place and for more information

  • 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

  • Renaissance Voices 20th anniversary concert - (7pm Saturday 5 March) - All Saints Church, Boyne Hill. Maidenhead Renaissance Voices choir are marking their 20th anniversary with a special concert featuring the atmospheric Requiem Mass for Six Voices, and the exuberant Purcell ode written in 1694 on the birthday of Queen Mary II, Come Ye Sons of Art. Tickets are £15 and can be bought on the door. More information is available on the Renaissance Voices website

  • Turn up and take off at Maidenhead Heritage Centre - (after 10am Tuesdays to Saturdays). Maidenhead Heritage Centre are offering a 33% discount on same-day bookings if you phone them (01628 780555) and book any available 30-minute flying simulator session. Learn more on the Heritage Centre website

  • Wihan Quartet concert – (7.30pm 24 March) – Baylis Theatre, Braywick Leisure. Maidenhead Music Society present the international Wihan string quartet who will perform the Dvorak "American". Tickets are £20, £15 for members, and under 18s go free with an adult. Visit the Maidenhead Music Society website to learn more

  • Rachmaninov’s Vespers - (8pm Saturday 26 March) – Eton College Chapel. The Cantorum Choir will perform Rachmaninov’s Vespers. In addition to the atmospheric Vespers or 'All Night Vigil', the choir are also delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen to play excerpts from Bach's Partita in D Minor. Tickets are available on the Cantorum Choir website

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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 between Junctions 6 (Slough-Windsor) and 8/9 (Maidenhead) from 8pm today until 6am on Monday 21 February.

The M4 is also due to be closed in both directions between Junctions 3 (Hayes) and 4b (M25 interchange) from 8pm on Friday 25 February to 6am on Monday 28 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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