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Ukraine support webpage and phoneline launched

A dedicated webpage is now available on our website. It has information on how people can help those affected by the war in Ukraine, such as links to the latest advice and support for residents applying to offer suitable accommodation for Ukrainians arriving in the UK.

For those who don’t have online access, a local Ukraine support line to give guidance and signposting over the phone for residents offering accommodation and the Ukrainians coming to the Royal Borough is also available. Please call 0203 514 8117.

  • Residents can call for advice from 9am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 10am to 5pm Wednesday.
  • Ukrainians can call for advice 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday and 11am to 2pm Sunday.

Councillor Andrew Johnson, the council leader, said: “In the Royal Borough, we stand together with the people of Ukraine, whose lives have been tragically disrupted and uprooted by war. I’m proud to see our community has rallied quickly, generously and compassionately to play a part in helping those in need, whether that be fundraising and making donations to the humanitarian appeals, or applying under the Government’s new ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme to sponsor and offer safe accommodation to Ukrainian individuals and families seeking safe refuge in the UK.

"As a council, we’ve received initial national guidance, with Government funding and further guidance soon to follow, and we’re working closely with local and national partners to ensure comprehensive support is in place for residents offering housing and those they’ll be welcoming to the Royal Borough.”

If you know a refugee individual or family you wish to sponsor, and are able to provide suitable accommodation for at least six months, whether that be a spare room in your own home or an unoccupied self-contained residential unit, then please visit the Homes for Ukraine website for more information and to apply.

If you aren’t able to offer accommodation but would like to help with the humanitarian efforts, please give what you can to the appeals by the Disasters Emergency Committee, British Red Cross and International Rescue Committee.
The Earl of Wessex officially reopens museum and relocated visitor information centre at Windsor Guildhall

The Windsor and Royal Borough Museum and relocated Royal Windsor Visitor Information Centre have been officially reopened by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex.

The Earl cut a ribbon to officially declare the facilities at Windsor Guildhall open. His Royal Highness was then given a guided tour of the building and introduced to staff and had the opportunity to view some of the artefacts on display.

The Earl also unveiled a plaque at the Corn Exchange commemorating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year and the centenary of King George V confirming Windsor as a Royal Borough.

The museum and visitor centre is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Read our press release to learn more.
There’s still time to join our Resident Parking Discount Scheme

Our new resident parking discount scheme starts in just over a week (Monday 4 April), but there’s still time for you to apply.

It offers one hour’s free parking in six popular car parks. Residents of the Royal Borough can apply for the virtual permits required, free-of-charge, ready to start using their discounted sessions from Monday 4 April.

Applications only need to be submitted once and will last for up to two years. Applicants do not need to have a smart phone to apply for permits or use the discounts.

Guidance on the application process and a full FAQ can be found on our parking discount page.
Reminder: you are invited to help inform next stage of planning for South West Maidenhead

We're inviting the community to help inform plans for a major development area, South West Maidenhead, which will bring forward new homes, community facilities, infrastructure, employment space and improved public access to green space.

To get involved and find out more, you are invited to attend one or more of three themed online events, where you will also be able to submit live questions:

  • Community Needs – Wednesday 30 March 2022, 6.30pm
  • Connectivity – Wednesday 6 April 2022, 6.30pm
  • Sustainability and the Environment – Wednesday 13 April 2022, 7.15pm

Learn more in our press release.
Statement on Home Office accommodation site for asylum seekers

The council has recently been informed by the Home Office that it will shortly be using the Holiday Inn at Maidenhead for the foreseeable future to accommodate asylum seekers while their claims for sanctuary and protection in the UK are assessed. 

This is a private arrangement between the Home Office and the hotel, which is closing to the public. The council was not involved in this arrangement and will not be involved in the running of this accommodation site or provision of day-to-day support, which is all being handled centrally via the Home Office. We will continue to liaise with the Home Office, NHS services and other partners with respect to our statutory duties.

This is a national situation and there are more than 100 hotels nationally operating as accommodation sites for asylum seekers, including in other parts of Berkshire. In recent weeks, we have seen the heart-warming way our community has rallied quickly, generously and compassionately to support Ukrainian refugees coming to the Royal Borough, and we hope the asylum seekers will receive an equally warm welcome from the vast majority of residents.
Nominate your community heroes for the Make A Difference awards

If there is an unsung hero in your community, you can enter them into the BBC’s ‘Make A Difference’ awards.

The awards were first set up at the start of the first pandemic lockdown to recognise community heroes who make a difference to their local community.

There are eight award categories covering the unsung heroes of every community from great neighbours, inspirational teachers, dedicated volunteers, and outstanding key workers.

Take part on the BBC website before 11pm on Friday 29 April.

The winners will be announced at BBC Radio Berkshire’s Make a Difference awards ceremony in September.
Have your say on NHS waiting times

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that a record number of people are waiting for NHS hospital treatment in England.

If you are one of them, it is vital you get the advice, information, and support you need while you wait.

Healthwatch WAM is asking the public to share their experience of waiting for hospital care.

Everything you say is confidential and will help the NHS understand how it can better support people waiting for treatment.

So, whether your experience is good or bad – it is important your voice is heard. Take part on the Healthwatch website.
Communities can air Queen’s Platinum Jubilee BBC
coverage without TV Licence

As communities come together to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee over the four-day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 June, the BBC is offering local communities a special one-off TV Licence dispensation.

Celebratory events will take place throughout the weekend and the Platinum Party at the Palace, a special live event that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainers on Saturday 4 June, will be broadcast live on the BBC.

The dispensation will allow those celebrating by arranging events in town halls, community centres and streets across Britain, where TV is not usually watched, to screen the live programmes throughout the weekend without needing to purchase a licence. 

To learn more, visit the TV Licensing website.
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • Do you love to sing? - The Signature A Cappela singers are excited to announce a free five-week course for any ladies that love to sing. The course takes place at St Edwards Parish Centre, SL4 3BA, starting Thursday 12 May at 7.15pm. For more details and to register visit the Signature Signers website or the Eventbrite page

  • Clewer and Dedworth Community Easter Fair – (Saturday 9 April 11am-2pm) - Woody's Cafe and Hall, Clewer Memorial Recreation Ground. Enjoy artisan market stalls, family fun and games, and buy your Easter Bunny Trail Maps at the Clewer and Dedworth Community Easter Fair. Entry is free

  • Music, merriment, and a meal – (Saturday 26 March) - St. Andrew’s Church, Wraysbury. A concert for the benefit of St Andrew’s Church featuring entertainer Terry Gleed. There will also be a raffle, meal, dessert, and tea. Tickets are £12 each, please book by emailing

  • 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

  • Can Art Change the World? – (10am–3pm Wednesday 6 April) – Braywick Theatre, Braywick Leisure Centre. Join the Arts Society maidenhead for a fascinating Special Interest Day looking at Goya, Picasso, Grayson Perry, and Ai Wiewei, (and many others) and how they used moving artworks to communicate ideas and opinions. Tickets are £40 (includes a buffet lunch). Email to book your tickets

  • Royal Free Singers with Marches Baroque Orchestra – (Saturday 9 April at 7.30pm) – Windsor Parish Church. The Royal Free Signers are delighted to be joined professional soloists to perform the classic oratorio St John Passion by J.S. Bach. Tickets are available on the Royal Free Singers website, from the Windsor Tourist Information Office, or on the door

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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 4b (M25 interchange) and 5 (Langley) from 11pm today until 6am on Monday 28 March.

The M4 is also due to be closed eastbound only between Junctions 8/9 (Maidenhead) and 6 (Slough-Windsor) from 8pm on Friday 1 April until 6am on Monday 4 April.

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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