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Queen's Baton Relay brings excitement of Commonwealth Games to Royal Borough

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay visited the Royal Borough earlier this week, travelling through Windsor, Eton and Maidenhead during its final journey through England this summer ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
The baton started its journey, leaving Library Square in St Ives Road in Maidenhead following a welcome reception of local dignitaries and school children.

It travelled along Maidenhead Waterways in a 100-year-old boat as far as the pontoon, continuing its journey onto Taplow Lake for a wakeboarding and paddleboarding session with an invited audience, before heading to Thames Valley Athletics Centre to join Windsor Girls’ sports day.
The relay then made its way through the private grounds of Eton College, before reaching Eton High Street for an exciting hand-to-hand relay down the High Street, over Eton Bridge along the promenade on Barry Avenue, Windsor, and finishing its journey at Alexandra Gardens, Windsor.

If you weren't able to attend to cheer on the baton in person, check out our video coverage to see the baton travelling across the borough.

If you’d like to learn more about the Commonwealth Games, visit the Birmingham 2022 website.
Take part in our consultation on key planning document for South West Maidenhead

We are holding a consultation on a key planning document for South West Maidenhead, a major development area bringing forward much-needed new homes, community facilities, employment space and improved public access to green space.

The area is allocated in the adopted Borough Local Plan, with a vision to provide a sustainable, high-quality and distinctive place where people will want to live and enjoy living, that is well integrated into the existing community and supported by the on-site community facilities and infrastructure.

The development will include around 2,600 homes, 30% being affordable, new primary and secondary schools, a local centre, employment space, green space for people and nature, along with biodiversity net gain.

To get involved and find out more, you are invited to attend one of three drop-in sessions below:

  • Thursday 14 July, 2pm to 6.30pm – Maidenhead Library drop-in session
  • Wednesday 20 July, 12.30pm to 5pm – Maidenhead Library drop-in session
  • Tuesday 26 July, 2pm to 7pm – Braywick Leisure Centre drop-in session

An online consultation event will also be held via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 27 July, 7pm to 9pm. The link for joining will be added to our website during w/c Monday 25 July.

You can also visit our website to view the SPD document and supporting documents, complete the feedback form and discover more about South West Maidenhead. Learn more in our press release.
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 is due to start on Monday (11 July) and finish at 9am on Friday 15 July.

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
Residents Survey to start next week

We are undertaking a short survey of residents’ views, attitudes and priorities to gain up-to-date information on residents’ perceptions of the council, views on their communities, their priorities, concerns and wellbeing.

This information will be used to help us shape our priorities, and will inform the design of policies and services. It will also enable us to measure progress against some of our Corporate Plan goals and to strengthen our understanding of issues where little data is available.

The survey is being undertaken on our behalf by Lake Market Research, who will speak with a representative sample of residents. If you are randomly selected and asked to take part in the survey, you will receive a mobile or landline call from Lake Market Research. Please do participate in the survey to have your say on the council, your local community and your priorities and concerns.

All information received is strictly confidential and will be carried out in accordance with the Market Research Society Code of Conduct. Remember: the council will never cold call you and ask for financial details over the phone.

Please visit our website for more information on the survey.
Campaign to shine spotlight on carers

From next Monday (11 July), we’re running our Caring Communities campaign to celebrate the invaluable role of carers in our neighbourhoods, how they make a positive difference to people’s lives, and the support available for those providing unpaid care for family or friends.

The campaign will run for four weeks on our Facebook and Twitter channels, in partnership with our social services partners Optalis and Achieving for Children.

Social services account for 60% of the council’s overall budget, providing a wide spectrum of welfare services for those who need care because of age, illness, or disability. These services help people live more independently for longer and provide tailored support to enable and empower them to reach their potential and life goals.

Caring Communities will highlight some of the valuable care services available across the borough, using real life case studies and helping to broaden perceptions about what social care is and who is supported.

The first two weeks of the campaign will direct you to prevention and reablement advice/services, to help you - whatever your age - to remain more independent and healthier for longer.

The final weeks will showcase the work of carers as well as highlight the range of additional help available if you’re caring for family/friends, as well as bolster current recruitment efforts for support workers and foster carers.
Another successful World Café

Some 30 residents and community organisations came together yesterday at our second World Café, in Ascot and Sunninghill, to discuss the rising cost of living and how to meet this challenge by working together.

Attendees told us they found the informal session interesting, lively, and brimming with great ideas.

Our next World Cafe is in Hurley and Walthams on Thursday 21 July, in Hurley Village Hall, High Street, SL6 5LT, from midday to 2pm. Parking is available.

Following our first World Café in Clewer and Dedworth East, we’re now working with adult learning to develop budgeting courses to support people struggling with their finances.

Attendance is free at these events, with refreshments and food available, a free goody bag and a family raffle prize.

There are plans to hold World Cafes in every ward across the borough during the coming year. Find out more about these, and how to book, on the RBWM Together website.
Experience nature at free Braywick Nature Centre Festival

Pond dipping, minibeast safari sessions and nature walks are some of the activities on offer at this year’s Braywick Nature Centre Festival on Saturday 23 July.

The day, which is free and open to all, will run from midday until 5pm and will also include den building, face painting, live music from Hartbeats African Drumming, drumming workshops and food and drink. All activities are free.

The festival will take place in the nature centre garden and across Braywick Nature Reserve and is organised by our Natural Environment Team.

There is no need to book, just come along on the day, but please respond by visiting the Facebook event page so the team have an idea of the numbers attending.

The team is appealing to members of the community, including local wildlife groups and enthusiasts, to run nature-themed stalls at the festival. If you are interested in having a stall, please email

Read more in our press release.
Reminder: Find out more about options to improve the A308

Our consultation inviting the community to share their views on options to improve key sections of the A308 continues until Sunday 31 July. Our next drop-in session for you to find out more will be held from 6pm until 7.30pm at Dedworth Library on Wednesday 13 July.

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.

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.

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

To learn more, read our press release.
Leisure Focus wins regional award

Leisure Focus, a not-for-profit charitable organisation established to run our leisure centres, recently scooped the South Centre of the Year award for Braywick Leisure Centre at the UK Active awards.

Well done to all the staff and members who help make Braywick a great sport, health and fitness hub for the community.

Learn more on the UK Active website.
Are your children ready for the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge arrives at your local library and online tomorrow (Saturday 9 July).

The Gadgeteers will help children discover the amazing science and innovation behind the world around them. Gadgeteers will also feature amazing books, awesome rewards, and plenty of ideas for cool experiments and activities.

The challenge runs until Saturday 10 September. Look out for upcoming Gadgeteer events over the summer.
Royal Borough community spotlight

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

  • 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

  • Summer Concert at St George's Chapel – (Saturday 16 July, 6.45pm). The UK Japan Choir and Consort of young professional musicians from Japan and the UK are presenting a Summer Concert at Windsor Castle to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the 30th Anniversary of the UK-Japan Music Society. To book tickets and learn more, visit the Windsor 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 at the door for £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

  • Insights into Covid testing – (Tuesday 19 July, 7.30pm). All Saints Church, Maidenhead. Join Maidenhead Care Commissioning Service and hear guest speaker, Dr John Bolodeoku, entertain speak about insights into Covid testing. Maidenhead Choral Society will be singing a new composition by John Rutter, The Ukrainian Prayer. Learn more on the Maidenhead Care website

  • Would you like to learn how to save a life? – (Saturday 23 July, 10.30am and 1pm). Clewer Parish Hall. The Windsor Community Defibrillator Partnership are running free defibrillator and CPR familiarization sessions. The sessions, which will last for 90 minutes, are provided by a formed South Central Ambulance Service paramedic. Spaces are limited to 40 attendees per session, please contact to book a place

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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:
M4 updates

The M4 is due to be closed between junctions 6 (Slough-Windsor) and 5 (Langley) eastbound overnight on Thursday 14 July. Signed diversions will be in place utilising the A355 and the A4.

The M4 is also due the be closed between junctions 8/9 (Maidenhead) and 6 (Slough-Windsor) eastbound overnight on Friday 15 July. Signed diversions will be in place utilising the A355, A332, A308 and the A308M.

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
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