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Results of independent Residents’ Survey to help inform our work, decisions and priorities

Thank you to everyone who took part in our independent survey of residents’ views, attitudes and priorities.


During the summer, Lake Market Research surveyed 1,740 randomly-selected residents on behalf of the council, with quotas set to achieve a representative sample of the whole borough.


Questions were asked over the phone and face-to-face in the street, covering residents’ perceptions of the council, their local area and communities – both strengths and challenges – alongside residents’ wellbeing, welfare and concerns.


The valuable feedback will now be analysed over the coming weeks. Insights will help inform council planning, decisions and priorities, feeding into a refresh of our Corporate Plan, assisting with measuring progress on some of the Plan’s goals, and furthering our understanding of key issues, including inequalities. 

Councillor Andrew Johnson, the council leader, said: “Thank you to everyone who took part in our independently-conducted survey and shared your valuable insights, which will help councillors and officers with making plans, decisions and performance monitoring. I’m pleased to see the Royal Borough is above the national benchmarks, both as a place to live and a council."


Read more about the survey, the full results and Q&A on our website.


Learn more in our press release.

Demolition of former Magnet Leisure Centre site set to begin as regeneration scheme in Maidenhead gets underway

Working with developer Countryside, we are set to begin redevelopment works at the St Cloud Way regeneration scheme, marking another milestone in the regeneration of Maidenhead town centre.

The first phase of the redevelopment will include the demolition of the former Magnet Leisure Centre, removal of the footbridge over St Cloud Way and construction of 351 new homes including 87 affordable homes. Once hoardings are fully in place and site setup is complete, demolition and site clearance are expected to take about three months to carry out. 

With leisure facilities now provided at our state-of-the-art Braywick Leisure Centre, the old Magnet site will be cleared over the coming months to make way for this much-anticipated and much-needed investment, helping to meet local housing needs for our community.

The footbridge is now closed to the public and it is expected to be removed at the end of October. This will be replaced with a pedestrian crossing on St Cloud Way, part of our measures to improve connectivity across the site, which also includes the delivery of the new ‘Missing Links’ cycle route and improvements to the existing subway that will provide safe and inclusive access into the town centre. 

For more information, please read our press release.

What’s your Vision for Windsor? Last chance to share your views in our survey


Thank you to everyone who has so far told us your ideas and thoughts to help shape a compelling vision for the future of Windsor town centre. If you haven't yet and would like to, there is still an opportunity as the survey closes on Sunday 16 October.

We're working with The Prince's Foundation charity to involve residents, community groups, businesses, and others in creating a shared view of how Windsor should evolve over the next 20-plus years as a high-quality, distinctive and sustainable place to live, work, spend leisure time and do business.

Please complete the survey and other activities on the RBWM Together website to tell us what you think is good in the town centre, what you’d like to change and what you’d like to keep and take forward into the future. The survey opened in early September.

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. 

Connected Communities: Could you do it online?

Our Connected Communities campaign continues as we look at some of the helpful online council services you can access in a quick and easy way.

Next week is national Get Online Week, encouraging people to try one new thing online, and we’ll be signposting to some of our convenient digital services which are designed to make life easier.

Our website is quick and convenient to use if you have a basic enquiry about council services, or wish to apply, report, or make a payment. Many services can be accessed on our website, and you might be able to find your answer more quickly.

We’ll also be highlighting services such as how to report missed bins, make Council Tax payments, apply for school places and report any issues with roads or pavements in the borough.

Make sure to follow the campaign on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Could you become a foster carer?


We need foster carers from all walks of life to look after children of differing ages, from babies to teenagers up to the age of 18.

Fostering is a way to support a child in an emergency over a short-term period or provide long-term stability. Whether it has been a fleeting thought or something you have strongly considered, we are here to talk you through it all.

Many different kinds of people can provide a secure and caring environment for children and young people who, for whatever reason, cannot live with their families. It is your personal qualities that matter.

We’re also looking for people to care for and support children who are seeking asylum in the UK. Many of these young people have lost family members, and experience difficult journeys to get to safety.

If you have a spare room, and time in your week to provide support for their education and asylum claims, you could be the perfect person to help. Financial assistance and training are provided to all people who foster or provide lodgings.


Discover more on the Achieving for Children website, or email or call 020 8547 5355.

Reminder: Complete our survey on how to improve Deerswood Meadow


There are only a few days left 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.

This survey opened in early September and closes on Sunday 16 OctoberFor more information and to take part in the survey, visit our survey webpage. Read more in our press release. 

Reminder: You are invited to comment on Datchet Neighbourhood Plan


This is a final reminder of the opportunity 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. 

The six-week consultation opened in early September. You can submit comments until Monday 17 OctoberRead more and find out how to take part in our press release.

Save the date! Artisan Christmas Fair at The Windsor Guildhall


Start your Christmas shopping in style at The Windsor Guildhall Artisan Christmas Fair this November.

Browse a selection of Windsor’s finest local businesses in the elegance of the Council Chamber and enjoy festive activities including wreath-making and creative Christmas craft activities for children.

Join us on Thursday 17 November before heading over the bridge to Eton for the annual Christmas Light Switch on, or join us on Friday 18 November where we’ll be open until 8pm and will be hosting a bar serving mulled wine and other drinks on the Corn Market in front of the Guildhall. There will also be live music supplied by the Windsor Boys' School.

More details, including a schedule of activities and the range of local goods on offer, will be shared on the Guildhall social media and in this newsletter.

There will be free entry on both days, charges apply for wreath-making and some children’s activities.

Royal Borough Community Spotlight - a year of promoting community events

One year ago, we launched our Community Spotlight section in this newsletter to help shine a light on upcoming local not-for-profit community events and activities.

Since then, we have featured more than 170 events ranging from concerts to craft markets and charity fundraisers. Thank you to everyone who has shared their events with us so far.

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.

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

  • Cantorum Choir performance (Saturday 15 October, 7.30pm) – St Michael’s Church, Bray. Cantorum Choir will be performing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, a piece which encompasses an array of human emotions in its music, much like Rossini’s operas. The choir are delighted to be joined by four professional opera singers, who have all been mentored through the very prestigious Young Artist programme at the Royal Opera House. Tickets are available on the Little Box Office website or by calling 07939 157530

  • What is so Islamic about Islamic Art? (Monday 17 October, 11.30am) - Baylis Theatre, Braywick Leisure Centre. This month’s Arts Society Maidenhead lecture takes us on a journey across the greater Middle East, from mediaeval Andalusia and North Africa to Persia. £10 for non-members. For more information, contact

  • Weekly prayers for Ukraine (Mondays at 6pm) These are short weekly prayers for peace in Ukraine with Ukrainian Orthodox Church music and the State Anthem alternating between St John the Baptist Church, Cookham Dean (17 October and fortnightly), and Holy Trinity Church, Cookham (24 October and fortnightly). All are welcome. For more details, please visit the Cookham Dean Church and Holy Trinity Cookham websites

  • Maidenhead Town Show (Saturday 22 October, 10am to 4pm) – Nicholsons Shopping Centre. Come along for a day of competitions, family-friendly activities, music, a craft market and dog show – along with a little seasonal fun (pumpkins – and the chance to wear Halloween costumes more than once). The event will be opened by Commonwealth Gold-winning local Para-triathlete Katie Crowhurst along with the Town Crier at 10am. More information can be found on the Maidenhead Show website

  • Maidenhead Music Society concert (Friday 28 October, 8pm) – Norden Farm. Maidenhead Music Society presents the Echea String Quartet for a programme including three quartets, by Beethoven, Haydn, and Ades. Tickets are £20 (£15 for members) and under 18s go free with a ticketed adult. Details are on the Maidenhead Music Society website

  • Thames Hospice variety show (Sunday 13 November, from 2pm) – Holyport Memorial Hall. Thames Hospice is hosting a variety show, a raffle, and stalls including a handmade stall and a garden stall. Entry is by suggested donation of £5 or £8 for two tickets.

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

The M4 is due to be closed eastbound from between Junctions 11 (Reading) and 10 (Wokingham) from 10pm tomorrow (Saturday 15 October) until 6am on Monday 17 October. Traffic will be diverted onto the B3270, A3290 & the A329M. For more information, please visit the National Highways website.

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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