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Thank you for recycling more and wasting less

We're pleased to have seen an increase in our recycling rate as a borough following our switch to fortnightly waste collections for black bins, while maintaining weekly collections for recycling and food waste.

We would like to thank everyone for their efforts in supporting the revised collection regime after figures show people are choosing to dispose of less in their black waste bins, and recycle more of what they throw away.

Based on the tonnages of material collected, the recycling rate for 2021/22 was 55.7%, compared to a rate of 51% for the 2020/21 financial year, and 45% in 2019/20.

There has been an 18% decrease in the amount of waste being disposed of in refuse bins, with 23,303 tonnes collected in 2021/22, compared to 28,497 the previous year. Meanwhile, food waste recycling collected increased from 2,548 tonnes in 2020/21 to 4,664 tonnes in 2021/22 – an increase of 83%. 

Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the council, said: "These figures are great news and justify our decision to switch to fortnightly waste collections in October and I’d like to thank our residents for embracing this change.

"It is only through your efforts that we have achieved such an impressive set of figures just six months into the new regime. Please keep up the good work as we are already seeing the benefits in support of our Environment and Climate Strategy."

More information is available in our press release.
We’re making £150 payments from Government to help residents with energy costs
Residents in the Royal Borough, who pay Council Tax by Direct Debit and live in Band A to D properties, are starting to receive their £150 energy rebate payments from this week.

Most households in Council Tax Bands A to D are getting a one-off award of £150 from the Government in 2022/23 to help with increased energy costs. The money does not have to be repaid.

The process for making these payments is different depending on whether an eligible resident pays Council Tax by Direct Debit or not. 

Direct Debit payers (Bands A to D) – no action needed

No action is needed for the 72 per cent of all Band A to D households in the Royal Borough who pay by Direct Debit. The council is using Direct Debit details to pay the money automatically into people’s bank accounts, unless there is a query due to the liable party name being different.

This payment process is expected to run for up to two weeks. No confirmation of payment will be issued so please check the account you use to pay your Direct Debit.

Non Direct Debit payers (Bands A to D) – complete the form

If you live in a Band A to D property and do not pay Council Tax by Direct Debit, please complete an online grant form to provide bank account and other requested details. You will be asked to input you property reference number and Council Tax account number from your Council Tax bill.

Learn more in our press release.
Share your experiences in our community safety survey

The Royal Borough Community Safety Partnership brings together the council, police, and other organisations to work together to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour, drugs, and alcohol issues in the area.

We are running a short survey to gain a better understanding of how safe residents and frequent visitors of the borough feel and to gather your experiences of local crime and disorder. 

Your valuable feedback, combined with other data and intelligence from our partner agencies, will help the partnership set its priorities for the year and inform and shape our community safety work and initiatives.

Please take part by Friday 3 June 2022 on the RBWM Together website.
When are our next Local elections?

Some parts of the country held local elections yesterday. The Royal Borough elections and local Parish Council elections are held every four years, so our next scheduled elections are in May 2023.

If you're eligible to vote but not on the electoral register, you can get ahead and register today on the Government website.
Mind Your Health

This May, we are running a month-long communications campaign inspired by Mental Health Awareness Week which takes place next week (Monday 9 to Sunday 15 May).
The theme for this year’s awareness week is loneliness. The pandemic has caused many of us to lose contact with our friends, family and communities, and the loneliness caused by this can put you at greater risk of physical and mental health conditions.

This week, we have focussed on mental health support for children and young people, including promoting our new guide on helping children to manage exam stress and Frimley CCG’s Little Blue Book of Sunshine.

We’ve also highlighted the Fantastic Fred Experience, an NHS roadshow which has already visited 25 primary schools in the Royal Borough, showing children how they can look after their mental health.

Next week, we’ll look at loneliness, the negative impact it can have on your health and the local support resources available to you.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with our campaign. #MindYourHealth
Last chance to share snaps of your Royal Jubilee and Coronation memorabilia for exhibition at libraries

You have until next week (Thursday 12 May) to share your photos of Royal Jubilee street parties and memorabilia dating from Her Majesty The Queen’s previous milestone anniversaries, to help create an exciting exhibition for her Platinum year.

Our Library Service want to see copies of your old snaps of street parties and other celebrations held locally for the jubilees in 1977, 2002 and 2012, or the Coronation in 1953. They’re also appealing for photos of people’s commemorative collectables, whether that be crockery, ornaments, tea towels or postage stamps.

The 70 Years 70 Photos photographic exhibition will see those images put on display around local libraries, ahead of the main Platinum Jubilee weekend in June.

Please email your scanned photos, or digital copies, of past street parties and
collectables to Images can also be submitted by
posting on Twitter, using the hashtag #70Years70Photos. By sending photos,
you confirm they are your photos, and you give permission for their

One lucky person will also be chosen at random to win a new book about The
Queen. The project is funded by Arts Council England money provided via
Libraries Connected, the national sector support organisation for libraries.

Learn more in our press release.
Highway measures for Royal Windsor Horse Show

We're looking forward to this year's Royal Windsor Horse Show, taking place next week (Wednesday 11 May to Sunday 15 May). This is a great event for the Royal Borough which will bring lots of visitors to the area.

To help ensure the smooth flow of traffic, and to ensure the safety of all road users, please be aware that several temporary highway measures will be in place. These include:

  • No vehicles, except coaches, will be allowed to make a right turn onto the B470 King Edward VII Avenue from any gateway off the Home Park (public) between 3pm and 10.30pm each day

  • No vehicles will be allowed to make a left turn onto the B470 King Edward VII Avenue from the King Edward VII Avenue Car Park from 3pm until 10.30pm each day

  • Vehicles will not be allowed to drive westbound along the B470 Windsor Road, from its junction with Queens Road, Datchet to its junction with the B470 King Edward VII Avenue, except with official permission, between 10.30pm and midnight each day.
Wine tasting evenings at the Windsor Guildhall

The Windsor Guildhall is collaborating with Berkshire Fizz to offer three unique wine tasting evenings at the Guildhall.

The events promise to be a fun way to spend an evening: you can sharpen your wine tasting skills and learn all about the wonderful world of sparkling wine and champagne in the stunning environment of the beautiful Council Chamber.

Upcoming events include:

  • Thursday 19 May 7-9pm - 'Sparkling Wines of the World'

  • Thursday 16 June 7-9pm - Champagne blind wine tasting

  • Thursday 14 July 7-9pm - 'The Rosé Revolution'.

The sessions are fun and informal with no previous wine tasting experience required.

For further information and the link to book, read the Windsor Guildhall Facebook post.
Get involved in local town forum meetings

If you want to get involved and suggest topics for future town forum meetings which discuss issues affecting Maidenhead and Windsor towns, please email your ideas.

You can suggest topics for future meetings of the Maidenhead Town Forum and Windsor Town Forum as well as attend the virtual meetings and contribute to the discussions. Agendas are published a week in advance so you can see what councillors will be discussing and get involved if there is something you are interested in.

Your suggestions for discussion will be considered by members of the two meetings and then added to a future agenda if appropriate.

The next meeting of Maidenhead Town Forum is on Thursday 12 May (next week) and the Windsor Town Forum takes place on Tuesday 17 May.

To find out more about how to get involved, including how to attend and speak at a meeting, email (for Maidenhead Town Forum) or (for Windsor Town Forum).

Anyone can watch the meetings live on the council’s YouTube channel.
Calling out inaccurate Mail on Sunday article

You might have spotted a very misleading and inaccurate article in last week’s Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online about York House in Windsor, suggesting incorrectly that it is a council office and that it is largely empty.

In fact, York House was refurbished to provide quality rental office space for businesses to support our economic development ambitions and generate income to support council services. It is currently fully let, generating around £700,000 a year towards council services, with the council just using the shared meeting room and conferencing space there.

When York House reopened in 2019, we trialled for a short period a small customer services point on the ground floor. However, this had low usage because Windsor residents with enquiries continued to visit the library, which has been our main customer services point since 2017. When the opportunity arose to let out the ground floor space at York House, the reception point was closed based on its low usage.
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • Community Participation Coffee Morning (11am – 1pm Saturday 7 May) – Eton Wick Village Hall. Learn about the history of Eton Wick and discover local groups for all ages to take part in. Light refreshments will also be available in the tearoom. More information is available in the event flyer

  • Maidenhead Choral Society concert (7.30pm Saturday 7 May) – St Luke’s Church, Maidenhead. Maidenhead Choral Society will perform Haydn's Nelson Mass and Mozart Requiem with professional soloists. Tickets are available on at £10 on the door or on their website

  • Enter Craft Coop’s Platinum Jubilee competition - To celebrate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee, Craft Coop Windsor are holding a competition for all ages to create a piece of art that represents the Jubilee. The competition is free to enter either as a group or individual, using any art technique you like (even recycled materials). Winners across four age categories will receive a £70 prize. The deadline for submissions is Friday 13 May, learn more on the Craft Coop website

  • Spring Bazaar and Community Showcase (Saturday 21 May, 10am - 12.30pm) - St Mark’s Church, Maidenhead. Come along to find out about the large number of community groups and activities on site for all ages. On sale will be cakes, plants, stationery, crafts, bric-a-brac, books and refreshments to enjoy with friends. Entry is free. Learn more on the St Marks website

  • Friday night music (7.30pm Friday 27 May) – St Mark’s Church, Maidenhead. An evening of music featuring classics from Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers, Elvis and more. Tickets are £5 on the door, with all proceeds going to the new youth mental health unit at Wexham Park Hospital. Learn more on the St Marks website

  • Jubilee party (12-5pm Saturday 4 June) – Holyport War Memorial Hall. Holyport Community Trust are holding Jubilee party with lots to do, buy & eat inside and outside the hall including trade stalls, face painting, BBQ, prosecco and Pimms stalls, afternoon tea, beer tent, Little Muddy Me play area & more. Profits will go towards the children’s playground rebuild in the hall grounds. Entry is free

  • Volunteer with your local Goodgym – The Windsor and Maidenhead branch of Goodgym regularly meet to help our charities and community projects in the Royal Borough. They combine volunteering with getting fit and being sociable. In the coming weeks they are doing everything from fence painting and gardening to scrub removal and surveying bats. Visit the Goodgym website for more details and to get involved

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 updates

The M4 is due to be closed between Junctions 6 and 8/9 from 10pm today until 6am on Monday 9 May.

The M4 is also due to be closed eastbound only between Junctions 6 (Slough) and 5 (Langley) from 8pm on Saturday 14 May until 6am on Monday 16 May.

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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