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Prince and Princess thank representatives of those involved in supporting the historic events in Windsor

We were delighted yesterday to welcome to The Windsor Guildhall Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince and Princess of Wales, to meet representatives of the many dedicated staff and volunteers, who worked on the day of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Procession and Committal Service in Windsor.

As we look back on a momentous fortnight, we’d like to thank all the dedicated people from the council and our partners, including our volunteer Ambassadors, who all played important roles to ensure the safe, smooth and dignified running of the historic events in Windsor.

We’d also, once again, like to thank the thousands of people who have visited Windsor over recent days to pay their respects, as well as local residents and businesses for their patience, hospitality, understanding and support.

Photo courtesy of Ian Vogler/ReachPLC.

Museum displays children's tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


Come along to Windsor & Royal Borough Museum to see a touching display of nearly 800 paper hearts featuring tributes from local schoolchildren to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

BBC Radio Berkshire invited children to commemorate and reflect upon her long life and reign, by decorating special 'Royal Hearts', and we’ve put them all on public display inside the museum and outside on the Cornmarket.

These personal tributes, featuring heartfelt words and beautiful drawings, can be seen until Sunday 2 October. The museum opens Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

What's your Vision for Windsor?

You are invited to help shape a compelling vision for how the community would like Windsor town centre to evolve over the next 20-plus years.

We're working with the Prince’s Foundation charity to involve residents, community groups, businesses and others in creating a shared view of where Windsor should be heading as a high-quality, distinctive and sustainable place to live, work, spend leisure time and do business. 

The community is being put in charge of shaping a genuinely collaborative “Vision for Windsor” that reflects Windsor’s rich diversity and heritage, strengths and opportunities.

Together with suggestions from a range of local partner organisations, your thoughts and ideas will help shape a visioning document that will complement existing strategic plans and guide future decisions and collective energies of the council and potentially a range of partners.

In light of the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the public drop-in workshop events originally planned for last week and this week, were postponed. New dates will be confirmed shortly. In the meantime, you can still visit the Vision for Windsor webpage to get involved online. Read more in our press release.

Community invited to comment on Datchet Neighbourhood Plan

The community is invited to take part in a public consultation on an important planning document helping to shape future development and growth within the Datchet Parish.

The draft Datchet Neighbourhood Plan has been produced by local people on the Datchet Neighbourhood Plan group, on behalf of the parish council, following a process of community and stakeholder engagement and consultation.

Neighbourhood plans allow communities to develop a shared vision for their specific areas, giving more control over the type, location, size and design of development. Adding detail to planning policies already set in the Borough Local Plan, neighbourhood plans are used to help decide planning applications. 

This consultation closes on Monday, 17 October. Read more and find out how to take part in our press release.

Reminder: Share your views on our draft tall buildings planning document

Thank you to everyone who has so far commented on the draft of a planning document which will help to ensure the suitable location, height, and design of future tall buildings within the Royal Borough.

You have until Tuesday 11 October to take part in our public consultation on the draft Building Height and Tall Buildings Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which will guide developers in choosing the best locations for tall buildings and achieving architectural excellence, and help the council decide planning applications. 

The draft SPD says the vast majority of the borough is inappropriate for tall buildings, and most new development within established settlements should mirror the height of surrounding buildings to protect the borough’s scale and character.

As a growing borough, we can however expect to receive more planning applications for tall buildings - so the SPD is about making planned provision for high quality, well-located tall buildings in a limited number of suitable locations, to meet our local needs, support investment, regeneration, and help protect the Green Belt.

An online consultation event will be held via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 28 September from 6pm to 8pm. The link for joining will be added to the website next week. You can read the draft SPD and submit your comments on our websiteRead our press release to learn more.

Complete our survey on how to improve Deerswood Meadow

You are invited to share your views on how to improve Deerswood Meadow, an open space in Maidenhead, for the benefit of wildlife and the community. 

We want to create a space for nature and residents that enhances local biodiversity and provides benefits for the local community, helping to support wellbeing and encourage enjoyment of this space by increasing access to it.

Suggestions for the area include bat and bird boxes, a wildflower meadow, new trees, a wildlife hedge, ponds, natural play area, fitness trail, sensory garden, community orchard, an art space and cycle racks. We would like to hear residents' feedback on these ideas, or any others you might have.

Following the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the survey closing date has been extended until Sunday 16 October and two public drop-in events for people to find out more at Braywick Nature Centre have been rescheduled. These will now be held on:

  • Monday 3 October – 5pm to 6.15pm
  • Tuesday 11 October – 7.45pm to 9pm.

For more information and to take part in the survey, visit our survey webpage. Read more in our press release. 

Attention mums and dads. Is your child going up to secondary school in 2023?

The application process is now open for secondary school admissions for entry in September 2023. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2022.

Read our admissions guide and apply on our website

Reminder: Grants available for not-for-profit voluntary organisations

Not-for-profit voluntary organisations can still apply for grants for community projects and activities that make a positive difference within their neighbourhoods.


The applications window opened in August. Eligible organisations have until Friday 30 September to apply for a share of funding totalling nearly £91,000 across two separate categories, through our Annual Grants Funding Scheme.


Capital funding totalling £75,000 is available towards capital projects, such as buying land, the acquisition, construction or improvement of buildings, and/or the purchase of equipment to provide new or improved facilities.


In addition, we're inviting applications for a share of £15,940 from the Kidwells Park Trust, of which the council is trustee. Kidwells grants are available to assist in providing facilities for recreation and other leisure time occupation for the benefit of residents of the borough.


For more information, read our press release.

Still time to have your say on future locations for polling stations

We are inviting people to have their say on proposals for the future locations of polling stations in seven electoral wards.


We're undertaking a six-week public consultation as part of an interim review of specific polling places in Bray, Furze Platt, Pinkneys Green, Riverside, Ascot and Sunninghill, Clewer and Dedworth West, and Clewer East.


This is to consider the suitability of polling stations in meeting needs of electors where, due to Covid, a temporary station was used for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May 2022, and to consider whether any of these should become the usual/permanent polling station location for all future elections.


This six-week public consultation opened in August and closes on Monday 3 October. To see the recommended changes, please visit our website or inspect hard copies at one of the local libraries serving those wards.


Read our press release to learn more.

Check our dedicated webpages if you're struggling with the rising cost of living


As part of our local response to the rising cost of living, we have brought together support from us and our partners onto one dedicated Here to Help webpage and we're encouraging those struggling financially to visit it.


Our ‘Here to Help’ campaign is run with the support of key partners including social landlords Abri and Housing Solutions, and Voluntary and Community Sector partners, Foodshare Maidenhead, Windsor Foodshare, Driven Forward, The Baby Bank, The Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation, and Citizens’ Advice. 


Across multiple communications channels, ‘Here to Help’ highlights support available and encourages anyone having to make difficult decisions around food, rent, heating, or other essentials to check out our webpage and reach out for support. 

More information is available on our dedicated webpage.

Have your say

We regularly hold consultations and surveys to get your views on proposals within the Royal Borough.

Participating, sharing ideas and giving your feedback is the best way to ensure your views are heard.

Our current consultations are:

Local travel updates

Trade unions have announced industrial action at a number of train companies and Network Rail on Saturday 1, Wednesday 5 and Saturday 8 October.

To stay up to date with the latest local rail strike updates, please check the Twitter accounts for Great Western Railway and South Western Railway.

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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