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Support for residents welcoming Ukrainian families to Royal Borough

Thank you to everyone in the Royal Borough who has kindly completed the visa process to offer safe accommodation to Ukrainian individuals and families seeking safe refuge in the UK under the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme.

So far, there are 78 confirmed sponsors who between them will be hosting 173 guests in their spare rooms and empty self-contained units for at least six months, each playing a crucial part in helping people left in desperate need as a result of war.

Last month, we launched a dedicated Ukraine support webpage and telephone support line to help those participating in Homes for Ukraine, which will be updated as further information is received. Please visit our Ukraine webpage or call 0203 514 8117 during opening hours.

If you are unable to offer accommodation but would like to help support our committed local sponsors and the Ukrainians they’re welcoming, we’ve set up a secure donations portal which together with the support funding we’re receiving from Government will help to specifically meet local needs. Please visit our support webpage to give either £3, £5 or £10.

More information is available in our press release.
‘Residents: please start your discounts’ as our new resident parking discount scheme goes live

Discounted parking has arrived in six popular car parks for residents who’ve joined our Resident Parking Discount Scheme. If you’re not already in the scheme, you can still apply now, free of charge, and join the thousands already set to save on parking.

Since the scheme opened for applications in February, we have received and approved more than 4,600 applications from residents gearing up to drive down their parking costs, with 20 per cent applying to get the discount in all six car parks. 

From this week, residents with approved applications can now use your discounted sessions in your selected car parks, which can be activated either through the RingGo app or via landline or mobile phone using the automated voice service. Simply follow the instructions on the car park machines.
If you haven’t yet joined, apply online today via the RingGo cashless parking system for your free, virtual permits, offering one hour’s free parking at Alma Road and Alexandra Gardens in Windsor, Grove Road and West Street in Maidenhead, Horton Road in Datchet, and Meadow Lane in Eton.

You do not need to have a smart phone to apply for permits or use the discounts. Information on the scheme, and how to apply, can be found on our website.

To learn more, read our press release.
Check out your Easter bin collection days

Please remember that your waste and recycling collection day will change temporarily over the Easter period. Please put your bins out by 7am on your revised collection day and ensure all rubbish and recycling is contained within your bin. 

Collections on Good Friday (15 April) will be carried out as normal, more information is available on our holiday waste collection dates webpage. Normal collection days resume from Monday 25 April.

Remember, Easter egg foil and the cardboard and plastic packaging can be recycled in your blue bin.

You can check your bin collection day on our waste webpage.

Our customer contact centre will be closed for the duration of the bank holiday weekend. Libraries in the Royal Borough will also be open for different hours. Visit our library webpage for the Easter opening times of your local library.
Easter Bank Holiday pharmacy opening hours

This Easter Bank Holiday (Friday 15 to Monday 18 April), please be aware that the opening hours may change for your local pharmacy. Frimley Health and Care ICS is advising not to leave it too late to order or collect repeat prescriptions.

To access a list of local pharmacy opening hours, please visit the Frimley Health and Care website.

If you do become unwell over the Bank Holiday, the NHS is here to help you and you should continue to seek medical treatment when you need it.

You can call NHS 111 or visit the 111 website 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your medical need or concern will be assessed by a health professional without you needing to leave your home.

Depending on the outcome, you will, if needed, be directed to the most appropriate health service in a timely and safe way.
Celebrate Her Majesty's birthday at special Platinum Jubilee reception

You are invited to a special reception to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday and her Platinum Jubilee year.

It will be hosted by the Mayor, Councillor John Story, on Thursday 21 April – Her Majesty’s 96th birthday – at Windsor Guildhall.

Champagne and canapés will be served from 6pm to 8pm, and you will have the opportunity to visit the Royal Borough's recently reopened museum and information centre, now co-located on the ground floor of the Guildhall.

If you would like to attend, please contact Alison Singleton, the Mayor’s Secretary via email. The event is in aid of the Mayor's Benevolent Fund and tickets are £35 per person.
Children invited to join 21-gun salute outside Windsor Castle for Queen’s birthday

Children of the Royal Borough are invited to help wish Her Majesty The Queen a happy birthday – by taking part in the traditional 21-gun salute outside Windsor Castle, on Thursday 21 April at noon.

We will be celebrating Her Majesty’s 96th birthday with the annual firing of mini cannon on The Long Walk, near the Brook Street entrance, with the special tribute led by Councillor John Story, the mayor.

As usual, a number of lucky children attending the ceremony will be chosen at random to fire the cannon, under the safe supervision of an ordnance expert and in the presence of local dignitaries.

Read our press release to learn more.
Datchet Neighbourhood Plan – Public consultation underway

The Datchet Neighbourhood Plan team has been working with other local people to create a set of planning policies for Datchet which address the issues raised.

The Plan has now been published for a public consultation which is open until midnight on Sunday 15 May 2022. Don’t miss your opportunity to comment and help to shape future development in Datchet.

You can view the plan and find out how to comment on the Datchet Neighbourhood Plan website or during normal opening hours at Datchet Parish Council Office, Datchet Library and The Bridge café.

You can also come along to the remaining drop-in sessions:

For further information, please visit the Datchet Neighbourhood Plan website.

The Datchet Neighbourhood Plan is being produced by a Steering Group made up of local residents who are producing the plan on behalf of the Parish Council.
Reminder: Help inform next stage of planning for South West Maidenhead

Thanks to everyone who attended the first two of our online events designed to involve the community in informing the next stage of planning for South West Maidenhead. This development area will bring forward new homes, community facilities, infrastructure, employment space and improved public access to green space.
Your feedback will help to inform a Supplementary Planning Document for this area, expanding upon the policy already set in the Borough Local Plan, to provide more detailed advice to guide decisions on future planning applications. People can submit comments until 27 April 2022.
The final online event, on the theme of Sustainability and the Environment, will take place on Wednesday 13 April at 7.15pm. The previous events were about Connectivity and Community Needs.

If you were not able to attend any of the events, you can view back on our YouTube channel. The recording from our Connectivity session earlier this week will also be available on the channel soon.

More information about joining the live events and about the South West Maidenhead development area can be found on our dedicated webpage and in our press release.
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • 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

  • 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 by 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

  • Maidenhead Music concert (Thursday 28 April 7.30pm) - Norden Farm. Elizaveta Tyun and Anastasia Matskovskaia, are two young classical musical virtuosi who will be playing violin and piano at a concert reflecting their Russian/Ukrainian backgrounds - showing the harmony possible. Tickets and more information is available on the Maidenhead Music Society website

  • Fundraising Concert for Ukraine – (Thursday 28 April 6.45pm) – Windsor Parish Church. St George’s School Windsor Castle is holding a fundraising concert to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. The event will begin with a champagne and canapé reception followed by a performance of Fauré Requiem by the Chamber Choir, accompanied by a professional music ensemble. Tickets are priced at £35 (Under 16s go free) and can be booked on the Eventbrite page

  • Choral concert (Saturday 7 May 7.30pm) – St Luke’s Church, Maidenhead. Maidenhead Choral Society will be performing Haydn Nelson Mass and Mozart Requiem accompanied by professional soloists. Tickets available on the Ticket Source website

  • Love singing, but are terrible at it? There’s a choir for you! You can join in the fun of a ‘Tuneless’ choir, either in person on Wednesday evenings in Maidenhead (8-9.15pm, SL6 1RL) or join the online choir, ‘Virtually Tuneless’ on Tuesday evenings (8-9pm on zoom). Always open to new members with summer socials and sing-songs planned, it’s way more than a weekly choir – contact Tabitha at for more info

  • Take part in local litter picks – If you’d like to join a local litter, please check out our Clean Up Operations webpage. It aims to support and promote those in the community who do their bit to create a cleaner environment. You can also see when a local litter pick is happening near you and share your litter picking stories and pictures. Visit the RBWM Together website to learn more

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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) from 11pm today until 5.30am on Monday 11 April.

The M4 is also due to be closed in both directions between Junctions 6 (Slough-Windsor) and 8/9 (Maidenhead) from 10pm on Friday 22 April until 6am on Monday 25 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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