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Are you heatwave-ready?

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued a Level Three Heat alert for the South East, which started today (Friday 17 June) and is due to end at 9am on Sunday 19 June.

A Level Three warning is triggered when the threshold temperature – for the South East it’s 31 degrees daytime/16 degrees night-time - will be reached for one day and the following night, and the forecast for the following day has more than a 90% chance of again meeting that threshold.

Please look out for others, especially older people, young children, babies and those with underlying health conditions. Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler - remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, dress appropriately for the weather and slow down.

For advice on staying safe in hot weather visit the Government’s pages on staying safe in hot weather and keeping cool at home, and the NHS guide to coping in hot weather.

Please also remember to be safe around water. During warmer weather, it can be tempting to jump into cold water to help you cool off, but water temperatures are still dangerously cold and can quite literally take your breath away.

If you get into trouble in the water, remember to stay calm, lean back and use your arms and legs to help you float, and control your breathing.

For more tips on summer water safety, please visit the Royal Lifesaving Society Website. #FloatToLive
Help water your local trees

Young trees on the verges of your street can suffer during a heatwave. There is no rain forecast for the rest of June, but you can help them to thrive by watering them with water from a tap or water butt a few times a week.

We water saplings for a number of years to help them establish, but when the temperature is higher than usual and particularly for prolonged periods, some of our young trees might enjoy a little more water and extra watering is welcomed. Thank you.
Executive Chairman appointed to independent Climate Partnership

A pioneering new Climate Partnership established to involve the community in tackling climate change and help deliver our Environment and Climate Strategy has appointed its Executive Chairman.

Barnaby Briggs (centre in photo), who has extensive experience in the conservation, energy, and charity sectors, has been appointed by the Partnership’s board.

The Climate Partnership will be a Community Interest Company, separate to the council, and already has a board with community, public and private sector representatives. The board will serve an initial term of 12 months.

A ground-breaking approach in Berkshire, potentially nationally, the partnership will lead the way in uniting the community in tackling climate change, helping everyone to work together to play their part, take action, and bring about change.

Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the council, said: “The climate crisis is everyone’s problem, and it is up to each of us to do what we can to make a difference. The Climate Partnership is an exciting step forward that can accelerate our collective impact, and I urge anyone with an interest in climate and the environment to join.”

Learn more in our press release.
Community thanked as Cabinet asked to give go-ahead to consult on key planning document for South West Maidenhead

The Royal Borough’s Cabinet will be asked on Thursday 23 June to approve a public consultation next month on a key planning document for South West Maidenhead. This major development area will bring much-needed new homes, community facilities, employment space and improved public access to green space.

South West Maidenhead will meet, in a managed way, a significant proportion of the Royal Borough’s future housing need, delivering a sustainable new urban extension as part of Maidenhead’s regeneration and guarding against unsupported piecemeal development well away from towns and villages in the green belt.

As the first stage in the planning process, the council’s Planning Policy team invited the community to three online events during spring 2022, to share thinking around key considerations and help inform the production of a site-specific Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

Having considered initial public feedback, officers have produced the draft SPD document, shaped around the three key considerations of Sustainability and the Environment, Connectivity, and Community Needs. On Thursday, Cabinet will be asked to consider the draft and approve a six-week public consultation, starting early in July.

To learn more, read our press release. Further information about South West Maidenhead is available on our South West Maidenhead SPD page.
Royal Borough provides bikes to more than 40 schools to help with road safety education

Bicycles are being given to 43 first and primary schools across the borough to assist with road safety education.

Each school will be provided with six balance bikes – training bikes without pedals - six pedal bikes, 12 helmets, as well as an equipment kit bag and training to aid learning as part of the My Travel Choices project, which is being part funded by South Western Railway.

The project aims to give children easy and regular access to a bike at an early age, help them learn how to ride and control a bike, and enhance the road safety and cycling proficiency programmes that are already being provided to schools. It also aims to give children an understanding of the sustainable travel options available to them from a young age and encourage their use.

Learn more in our press release.
Supporting those participating in Homes for Ukraine

We are continuing to work to support local residents participating in the Homes for Ukraine scheme and the guests they are accommodating in their homes and spare self-contained properties.

Homes for Ukraine is a national scheme and we’ve responded as a priority to the Government’s request to ensure comprehensive support is in place for hosts and their guests, working through national guidance as it emerged, putting in place the extra resources and new procedures.

To coordinate effective and targeted wrap-around support for hosts and their guests, we’ve introduced two new dedicated Homes for Ukraine Welfare Officers within the Housing Service, who will visit and keep in touch with all participating households. They can be contacted by hosts or Ukrainians at

We’ve long had in place a dedicated Ukraine support webpage and telephone support line, as well as a welcome guide for Ukrainians with information about local services. We’ve also supported the charity Open Arms to produce a substantial welcome pack for hosts and prospective hosts, detailing more about support, along with a flowchart illustrating the Homes for Ukraine process. We will have a continued partnership with Open Arms.

We’re pleased to have made the £200 welcome payments to all guests that have arrived so far. Officers are visiting all properties to complete the required accommodation inspections, safeguarding and other checks on a priority basis, with checks fully complete at several host households, which are now receiving their £350 monthly ‘thank you’ payments.
Love Your Community – Supporting community safety

So far, under our “Love Your Community” communications campaign, we’ve been highlighting our work helping residents who want to make a positive contribution to their neighbourhoods – whether through volunteering or getting involved in community initiatives.

Part of us supporting communities as a council is working with our partners to help keep the community safe and tackle the minority of people who sadly break the rules and undermine everyone else. Our campaign across Facebook and Twitter is now shifting focus to these regulatory services.

This week, we’re looking at our work with Thames Valley Police and other partners to tackle local crime and disorder through the Community Safety Partnership. The partnership’s priorities are to reduce exploitation and violence, cut violence against women and girls, prevent radicalisation, address multi-agency safety issues and deliver community initiatives.

Our Community Wardens are a high visibility, reassuring presence, working with partners to support community safety locally. Often seen out on their routine and targeted patrols, their focus is deterring anti-social behaviour, crime prevention, enforcement operations and community engagement.

Their varied role includes reporting suspicious behaviour to police, tackling environmental problems like littering, graffiti and dog-fouling, dispersing groups causing anti-social behaviour and engaging with vulnerable residents to provide advice and support. If you've seen fly-tipping in the borough, or have information to help identify an offender, please report on our website.

This evening, we’ll also be highlighting the work of our CCTV control room to maintain public safety. The operatives work with police to monitor and review footage 24 hours, 7 days a week. They can spot known individuals, help search for missing people and investigate concerns for welfare and more. Follow us on the Twitter #CCTVFriday from 6pm today to discover more.

Our campaign will also include the work of Trading Standards, Environmental Health and Licensing.
Borough’s first World Café a great success

Some 70 people attended the Royal Borough’s first World Café on Wednesday, held in Woody’s Café at Clewer Memorial Recreation Ground in Windsor.

Residents had honest conversations with a range of local organisations and support groups to find ways to help people cope with the current rise in the cost of living. The best ideas often come from informal discussions.

These organisations included public health, libraries, social prescribers, Healthwatch, Optalis, Thames Hospice, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue, Windsor Foodshare, Windsor Cycle Hub, and People to Places. Legoland, which is supporting all the events, provided the raffle prize of a family ticket. All attendees also received a free goody bag containing food provided by the West Windsor Hub.

There are plans to hold these free World Cafes in every ward across the borough. The next ones are due to be held in Ascot and Sunninghill on Thursday 7 July, in Hurley and Walthams on Thursday 21 July, and in Clewer and Dedworth West on Tuesday 9 August. For more details visit the World Café page on RWBM Together.
Reminder: How to claim your energy rebate if you don’t pay Council Tax by Direct Debit

If you are in a Band A to D household and do not pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, please remember to complete the online form on the Grant Approval website with your bank account and other details to claim your £150 energy rebate from Government to help with increased energy costs.

Please be vigilant for scams related to the energy rebate. Only use the above website to make claims and remember that the council will never cold call you to collect your bank account details in order to pay the energy rebate. More information on the energy rebate scheme, including the national eligibility criteria, can be found on our energy rebate webpage.
Take part in upcoming Sawyers Close public consultation

Housing association Abri will share details of its latest proposals for the potential redevelopment of Sawyers Close, Windsor at a public consultation on Saturday 26 June.

Taking place from 1pm to 5pm at the New Windsor Community Association Centre on Hanover Way, Abri is inviting its tenants and the wider community living around Sawyers Close to visit the exhibition to view the latest proposals and leave their feedback with the project team.

The Royal Borough is working in partnership with Abri to promote the sessions and look at redevelopment proposals for the site.

Anyone unable to attend will be able to view the information presented at the event and give their feedback through the dedicated Sawyers Close website.

More information is available on the Sawyers Close press release.
Learn about Berkshire’s health habits

Public Health Berkshire’s 2021/22 Annual Report has been published, and for the first time is available digitally.

The report looks at the health of people across Berkshire with its focus this year on food. This is because what we eat has a profound effect not only on our individual health and susceptibility to various diseases, but also on the health of our planet.

This report highlights how Covid’s impact made us rethink our local grocery shopping habits as a result. It shows, for example, during the pandemic, how charities distributed free food from supermarkets and how shops, hospitals, schools, and voluntary groups created vegetable plots – as well as how we can continue this great thinking.

You can read the report on the Berkshire Public Health website.
Are you aged 11 to 25? Have your say in the Royal Borough Youth Council's survey

The Royal Borough’s Youth Council want to hear from residents aged from 11 to 25 on how the Youth Council can best help our local community, as part of their 2022 survey.

Their survey covers mental health services in schools, our local libraries, and transport in the community. Your feedback will influence the Youth Council’s focus and efforts in the coming year.

Take part by competing the survey.
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • Garden open day (Sunday 19 June, 11am to 4pm) – St Timothee, Darlings Lane, Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead. An open day at the winner of last year’s ‘Nation’s Favourite Garden Award’. Explore two acres of private garden and enjoy homemade cakes and tea. Tickets are £6 (free for children). All money raised will go towards the National Garden Scheme which supports a range of nursing and caring charities

  • Maidenhead Duck Derby (Sunday 19 June, 1pm to 5pm) – Boulters Lock, Maidenhead. Maidenhead Lions are holding their annual duck derby featuring fun fair attractions, a Punch & Judy show, and the children’s duck hunt with prizes for various age groups. Learn more on their website

  • Nursery Rhymes of London Town (Monday 20 June at 11.30am) – Baylis Theatre, Braywick Leisure Centre. An Arts Society Maidenhead lecture by Caroline Walker, looking at the whimsical verses of Eleanor Farjeon. Tickets are £10 for non-members, email, or just come along

  • Make Music Day (Tuesday 21 June, 3pm to 4.30pm) – Maidenhead Library Amphitheatre. Make Music Day is a celebration of music-making around the world, and everyone is invited to take part in this year’s celebrations. Old or young, amateur or professional, just about every musical style is represented. If you would like to take part, please come along for an African drumming and percussion workshop. Learn more on their Twitter account

  • Vivaldi Gloria (Thursday 23 June, 7pm) – Windsor Parish Church, St John The Baptist. St George’s School Windsor Castle’s renowned Chamber Choir present Vivaldi’s Gloria along with Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and other choral favourites, as part of the series of events marking the 200th anniversary of Windsor Parish Church. Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at just £12 per person, plus Eventbrite booking fee

  • Community fundraising concert (Thursday 14 July, 7.30pm) – Furze Platt Senior School theatre. Join the 50-piece woodwind and brass Maidenhead concert band who will be playing everything from Glenn Miller to well-known Disney tracks at this family-friendly event. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. Profits from the show will go to Furze Platt and their PTFA. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for concessions and can be bought on the Ticket Source website

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 20,000 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:
Rail services impacted by upcoming strikes

Great Western Railway and South Western Railway are asking people to only travel by rail if necessary next week due to strikes taking place between Tuesday 21 June and Saturday 25 June.

For more information, please visit the Great Western Railway and South Western Railway websites.

Local travel updates

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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