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Investment budget to ensure high quality services approved at Full Council

Our budget for 2022/23 has been approved to deliver significant infrastructure upgrades, support our most vulnerable residents, and ensure the council continues to provide high quality services for all residents.

The budget, which was approved earlier this week during Full Council, will significantly increase levels of investment and growth in key areas, and support delivery of the priorities in the council’s Corporate Plan.

Forming the basis of discussion at Full Council and in recent weeks was the public consultation on the budget proposals, that amassed some 1,800 responses from residents, community groups and businesses.

Our key investment as part of our 2022/23 budget includes:

  • £35 million in adult’s services
  • £27 million in children’s services
  • £18 million in town centre regeneration and improvements
  • £7 million in developing our school estate
  • £6 million in highways, road safety and active travel
  • £5 million in public health

The portion of Council Tax which supports the Royal Borough’s council services will increase by 2.99% in 2022/23, made up of a 1.99% increase in the general charge and 1% increase in the social care precept. For a band D property, Council Tax will rise to £1,164.99, this equates to an increase of £33.82 – just 65p per week.

The Royal Borough remains as having one of the lowest Council Tax charges in England and is the lowest in Berkshire.

Learn more in our press release.
Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Strategy agreed

A new strategy for providing safe accommodation and associated support for victims of domestic abuse has been agreed following a successful public consultation.  

The Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Strategy 2021-24, which is a new legal requirement for councils, sets out how safe accommodation and support for victims and their children will be provided and further enhanced over the period.

Cabinet agreed the strategy, associated action plan and six priorities for investment and delivery this week, with an overarching priority to ensure victims and their families have access to safe, good quality accommodation that meets their needs. 

The priorities are: access to safe accommodation, support to remain safely at home, perpetrator management, coordinated support, victim representation, and improved data collection across services. 

Read more in our press release.
Royal Borough Museum reopens and enjoys visitor boost after sharing home with Tourist Information Centre

The Windsor & Royal Borough Museum has seen an increase in visitors since reopening after a break of nearly two years – now sharing its home at Windsor Guildhall with the Royal Windsor Information Centre. 

The council has brought together these complementary facilities within a fitting destination location, meaning people can explore the fascinating exhibits and get expert visitor information all under one historic roof – with admission free to all. 

The museum has been in the Guildhall for more than 10 years and previously there had been an entry fee. The Information Centre was formerly located separately, a short distance away in the Old Ticket Office at Windsor Royal Station. Work to create the new Visitor Information desk and reconfigure the internal space was undertaken while the museum was closed to the public during Covid.

Learn more in our press release.
£150 Council Tax rebate from Government in 2022/23

You might have heard the news that most households in Council Tax bands A to D will get a one-off award of £150 from the Government in 2022/23, to help with increased energy costs.

This will be based on Council Tax records but is not a reduction on the Council Tax charged and does not have to be repaid. You can get this even if you get full Council Tax Support or if you are in a Band E but charged at a D due to a Disabled Band Reduction. But you can’t get it if you are not the liable person, if the property is empty or if it is a second home.

In the Royal Borough, we have been allocated nearly £4.6m for this mandatory scheme and await further national guidance on administering it. We aim to start making payments during April 2022 and will update further if there is anything residents themselves need to do.
To assist vulnerable people living in properties in bands E to H who do not qualify for the mandatory rebate under the national criteria, the Royal Borough has been allocated a further £294,150 to administer an award up to £150 under a local discretionary scheme. We are currently developing the qualifying criteria, in line with national guidance, and will update people further as soon as possible.

Please check our website for further details and updates.
Extra help to join our Resident Parking Discount Scheme

If you’d like to join our new resident parking discount scheme, offering one hour's free parking in six popular car parks, but need additional support with the online process, don’t worry.

We’re running a number of drop-in sessions, offering extra help to those who need it with setting up their RingGo accounts and applying for their free, virtual parking permits.

Drop-in sessions will be held at the following libraries:
  • Windsor Tuesday 1 March 4pm-5pm.
  • Datchet Thursday 10 March 3pm-4pm.
  • Eton Wick Thursday 17 March 3pm-4pm.
  • Ascot Thursday 24 March 3pm-4pm.

Please bring the following supporting documents, vehicle ownership details and proof of residency, along with your mobile phone so library staff can assist you. You do not need to have a smart phone to apply for permits or use the discounts.

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.

For more information on the scheme, how to apply and a full FAQ, visit our parking discount webpage.
New 'Tornado' slide opens at Windsor Leisure Centre

Following a £550,000 capital investment from the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Windsor Leisure Centre opened a new ‘Tornado’ slide ready for the February school holidays. 

The slide's opening this week by Councillor Ross McWilliams, Cabinet member for sport and leisure, is part of a wider expanded offer at the Windsor site following recent investments. 

Leisure Focus Trust has invested in a new catering offer with The Avenue restaurant opening to the public last weekend. Indoor cyclists can now benefit from a new riding experience with a suite of Life fitness indoor cycles. 

Take a look at the press release for more information.
Artefacts from Royal Borough museum's collection feature in new British Museum exhibition

Objects from the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum, relating to a prehistoric Beaker burial excavated at Horton in 2011 are part of a new national exhibition.

The gold, amber and lignite beads, as well as part of a beaker, are on display for the duration of the World of Stonehenge exhibition at the British Museum until Sunday 17 July.

It has seen more than 430 objects brought together from across Europe in a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle on the history – and mystery – of Stonehenge. 

For tickets, visit the British Museum website.
Campaign highlights work of our Public Rights of Way and Winter Services teams
Did you know we deliver around 400 different public services and activities as a council? Everyone knows about roads and bins, but we do so much more to support our residents, businesses and communities.

This week, as part of our Spotlight on Services campaign, we’re highlighting the important work of our Public Rights of Way Team and Winter Services Team through two special animations on social media.

If you enjoy exploring the borough it’s likely you’ve used our extensive rights of way network. But do you know how many footpaths and bridleways we have, and how we maintain them? Find out more by watching our video on Facebook and Twitter.

On these freezing winter evenings, you've probably spotted our Winter Services Team out and about in their big yellow gritters, helping to keep our key highways routes safe for everyone. Watch the video on our Facebook and Twitter channels to find out more about this vital work.
Reminder - 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

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.

We're looking forward to receiving lots of 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.
Reminder - Want to make your home more energy efficient?

Eligible homeowners or private tenants can apply to receive free upgrades from the Green Homes Grant scheme.

These are designed to lower carbon emissions and save money on fuel bills and could include:
  • Wall, loft and floor insulation
  • Air source, ground source or hybrid heat pumps
  • Double/triple glazing to replace single glazing
  • Thermostats and heating controls
  • Hot water tank insulation
  • Solar panels.

Warmworks, which is delivering the scheme on the council's behalf, will arrange a survey in the homes of eligible householders to agree what work will be carried out.

Full details and an application form are available on the website, or call 0808 196 8255.
Have your say on proposed new constituencies

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has launched a public consultation on proposed new parliamentary constituencies.

A review of constituencies is taking place to ensure each one has roughly the same number of electors. As part of this process, the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543 to reflect changes in population and rebalance the number electors represented by each MP.

A new map of local constituencies has been drawn up, and the BCE wants your feedback to help shape the upcoming constituency boundary changes.

Take part on the BCE Website before Monday 4 April. More information is available on the 2023 review of parliamentary constituencies guide.
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
Reminder - survey to find out views of South Asian unpaid carers

If you’re an unpaid carer from the South Asian community, there's one week left to take part in Healthwatch Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead's (WAM) Mind The Gap survey.

The first part of this is a survey to find out the views and experiences of South Asian unpaid carers across the Royal Borough, and how services could be improved. The second part is about the provision of services.

You can complete the survey online before the Friday 4 March deadline.

For more details visit the Healthwatch website.
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • World Day of Prayer – (7pm Friday 4 March) – St Edward’s Church, Alma Road, Windsor. Windsor’s World Day of Prayer warmly invites you to their service which will focus on providing encouragement to all who are facing difficulties. For further information please email or visit the World Day of Prayer website

  • Maidenhead’s Big Read festival weekend – (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March). This year’s festival theme is ‘Ocean Alive’ and includes free activities such as author talks at Maidenhead Library, Undersea Bus storytelling on the Once Upon A Bus parked nearby on Maidenhead High Street, and an interactive ocean dome full of artefacts and activities at Maidenhead amphitheatre. Learn more on the Maidenhead Big Read website

  • Inaugural piano recital - (3pm Sunday 13 March) - St Michael's Church, Bray. Music at Bray present internationally renowned pianist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year Lara Melda, who will be playing their new instrument in a programme of romantic pieces by Chopin and Rachmaninov. Admission is free with a retiring collection, for further details visit the St Michael's Church 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
  • 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
  • Wihan Quartet concert – (7.30pm Thursday 24 March) – Baylis Theatre, Braywick Leisure. Maidenhead Music Society presents the international string quartet who will perform the Dvorak "American" which they have recorded and won "Recording of the Year" from Music Web international. 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

  • Windsor Soundswell Choir – (7.30pm Tuesday 1 March). This friendly community choir welcomes new members, no auditions and no experience necessary. It’s a mixed choir with a wide repertoire of music, so why not come along when rehearsals start again on Tuesday 1 March. It meets every Tuesday evening during term time from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Oakfield First School, Imperial Road, Windsor. For more information, go to the ‘joining’ section on the choir's website or phone Ros on 07814 470814 or Rosemary on 01753 855062.

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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 in both directions between Junctions 3 (Hayes) and 4b (M25 interchange) from 8pm today until 6am on Monday 28 February.

The M4 is also due to be closed in both directions between Junctions 5 (Langley) and 6 (Slough-Windsor) from 8pm on Friday 11 March until 6am on Monday 14 March.

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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