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Cabinet approves plan setting out how walking and cycling infrastructure could be improved

A new plan setting out how walking and cycling facilities in the Royal Borough could be improved over the next 10 years was adopted by Cabinet last night.
The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) has been shaped by feedback from last summer’s borough-wide consultation - the Big Conversation - together with the existing Cycling Action Plan, analysis of where demand for walking and cycling are highest, and a review of the existing provision.
It identifies locations where we plan to undertake site-specific feasibility studies and consultations, looking at what walking and cycling improvements could be introduced. Having an adopted plan will also enable us to bid for future government funding for highway-related investment, for which an LCWIP will be a prerequisite.

Read more in our press release.
Have your say on options to improve the A308

A five-week consultation inviting the community to share their views on options to improve key sections of the A308 is now open. 

We are initially considering how 21 sections of this key transport link, from the Bisham roundabout junction in the west, to the M25 in the east, could be improved over the coming years, and want to hear your views to help decide on the best options to create safer, more user-friendly routes for all.

Following initial conversations with stakeholders, we initially identified 42 locations as worthy of further investigation for improvements and have since looked in more detail at 21, based on site-specific issues and data.

The locations for suggested improvements have been split into four areas along the length of the road - Maidenhead and West, Bray, Windsor and Dedworth, and Southeast Windsor and Old Windsor – and you can leave your feedback on the different options for each area online.

There will also be several drop-in consultation events taking place to allow you to find out more about the options prior to sharing your feedback online. These all take place from 6pm until 7.30pm at:

  • Old Windsor Memorial Hall - Tuesday 28 June
  • Braywick Leisure Centre - Tuesday 5 July
  • Maidenhead Community Centre - Thursday 7 July
  • Dedworth Library - Wednesday 13 July.

Take part on our consultations webpage before the closing date of Sunday 31 July.

To learn more, read our press release.
Community Wardens patrol River Thames for Drowning Prevention Week

It's Drowning Prevention Week and our Community Wardens have been patrolling stretches of the River Thames in the borough.

They've been speaking with the public about water safety, as well as checking buoyancy aids.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK, a charity which runs the annual campaign, has been sharing important advice all week on staying safe in the water.

This week, Leisure Focus, our leisure centre operator, partnered with the Royal Life Saving Society to host a free water safety assembly for primary school children at Braywick Leisure Centre.

Visit the Royal Life Saving Society website to learn more.
Love Your Community – A Q&A with Trading Standards

As part of our “Love Your Community” communications campaign, we are highlighting the work of our Trading Standards Team.

Trading Standards are a law enforcement agency, similar to the police, but they enforce mainly criminal consumer protection legislation and trading laws.

Officers help to ensure consumers get a fair deal, that they can confidently purchase goods and services and are only sold legal, safe products. 

This means that they ensure you pay a fair price for your food and drink when at a bar or restaurant and that you aren't unknowingly purchasing fake or counterfeit goods. They also support vulnerable people who have been targeted or fallen victim to scammers, and assist local businesses in navigating complicated trading laws so they can be successful and operate without unfair or illegal competition.

Read our Q&A with Trading Standards team leader, Rob Abell, to learn about what the team do in the Royal Borough and the support available for you.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with our latest campaign posts.
Reminder: 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 tomorrow (Saturday 25 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.
Take part in our in-store recycling facilities survey

We've launched a survey asking residents to help provide us with a comprehensive list of in-store recycling facilities available in the borough.

From this we hope to create an online map, showing what facilities are available in your area, which you may not have previously known about. This will hopefully lead to increased rates of recycling in the borough.

You have until Friday 22 July to take part. Please visit RBWM Together.
Are you a parent or carer living in Datchet, Horton or Wraysbury? We want to hear from you

We are looking to bring together a group of parents and carers of children aged up to five, who live in Datchet, Horton or Wraysbury with people working in Early Years to think about how we can make sure every child gets the best start in life.

We would like to invite you to participate in an Action Learning Set (ALS) where you will have the opportunity to talk with other parents/carers and people working in Early Years.

Please complete the online form if you would like to take part, ALS places will be confirmed after Monday 4 July.

To learn more, please see the promotional flyer.
Share your experiences of the 101 and 999 services

The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting you to share your experiences of the 101 and 999 services. The survey is organised by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. 

It only takes a few minutes and your feedback will help inform police forces, the Home Office and local commissioners on any challenges around reporting to the police and assist in forming plans for the future.

Take part online before the survey closes on Sunday 24 July.
Is your home fire-safe?

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is reminding everyone to take fire safety precautions in the home to stay safe, including ensuring that they have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms fitted and in good working order.

RBFRS say that everyone can follow simple safety advice to reduce the chance of their smoke alarm failing to operate in an emergency:

  • Install additional smoke alarms where there are electrical appliances and near sleeping areas
  • Install at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home
  • Test all your alarms at least weekly to ensure they are working
  • Alarms don't last forever - check what type of alarm you have and replace them accordingly. This could be every year or every 10 years
  • If you can, interlink the alarms in your home.

They also encourage everyone to install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in their home. CO is a highly poisonous gas, which you cannot see, taste or smell. It is recommended that any room with a fuel-burning appliance such as an open fire, wood-burning stove, or gas appliances such as a boiler or cooker should have a working CO alarm fitted.

Learn more on the RBFRS website.
Reminder: Enter this year's Garden in Bloom competition

If you have a garden you'd like to showcase, or know of one in your neighbourhood that deserves recognition, you can enter it into this year's Garden in Bloom competition.

Any garden visible from a footpath or road is eligible for entry. Nominations can also be made by residents, passers-by or by councillors in their own wards until Thursday 30 June.

For more information and how to enter, see our press release.
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • Maidenhead Open Gardens (Saturday 25 June & Sunday 26 June). Entry badges for Maidenhead Open Gardens, organised by Maidenhead Rotary Club, are now on sale at Braywick Heath Nurseries and online via the club's website. More than 20 gardens will be opening their gates throughout the weekend. Some will be selling plants, playing host to live music and showcasing the work of local artists. In addition, this year a new link up with the Wild About Gardens Awards Maidenhead will give the opportunity to learn how to garden in a way that puts wildlife at the heart of our communities. The cost is £10 with all profits donated to Dementia Research, Thames Hospice and other Rotary Charities

  • Pinkneys Green Scouts Summer Fair (Sunday 26 June noon to 4.30pm) – Pinkneys Green opposite Boundary Arms, Pinkneys Road. Pinkneys Green Scouts are holding their annual Summer Fair featuring traditional side shows, beer and Pimms tent, tombola, BBQ, plant stall, teas and cake tent, bouncy castle, and classic car show. At 3pm there will also be a fun dog show. Learn more on the Pinkneys Green Scout Group website.

  • 200th anniversary Windsor Parish Church concert (Sunday 26 June, 7pm) – Windsor Parish Church, St John The Baptist. The Royal Free Singers and the choirs of the New Windsor Team Ministry and St George’s School invite you to join them for an evening of anthems and folksongs to mark the 200th anniversary of Windsor Parish Church. Tickets are available on the Royal Free Singers website and at the Royal Windsor Information Centre in the Windsor Guildhall

  • Picnic in the Park, ‘Rock The Rec’ (Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July, noon to 7pm). Pirate Park, Dedworth. A celebration of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee with live music, a vegan market, food, artisan and craft stalls, funfair, bars, children's activities and much more. Tickets are £5 per person, per day and further details can be found on the Windsor jubilee website

  • Charity concert – (Sunday 17 July, 3pm to 4pm) – Holy Trinity Garrison Church, Windsor. join the Claremont Singers on a musical journey with songs such as ‘As long as he needs me’, ‘The music of the night’ and many other popular show songs. Tickets are available on the door at a cost of £5. Accompanying carers and children go free. Proceeds from the concert will be split between Trinity Church and Thames Valley Hospice. Complimentary tea and cake will be served after the concert

  • “The Road to the Crown”: Great Britain and the Hanoverian Dynasty (Thursday 6 October, 10am to 3pm) – Baylis Theatre, Braywick Leisure Centre. Join The Arts Society Maidenhead for a Special Interest Day and learn how the ruler of a minor German state inherited the British crown in 1714. Find out how, despite madness, personal excess, threat of revolution and invasion, this dynasty of five kings left a significant mark on Britain. Tickets are £40 and include a buffet lunch. To learn more, email

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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:
Rail strikes

Great Western Railway and South Western Railway are continuing to ask people to only travel by rail if necessary this week due to the industrial action, with another strike day happening tomorrow (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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