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Reminder: Upcoming changes to local bus services


Interim changes to subsidised bus services in the borough, designed to support operators on a smoother post-Covid journey, will come into effect from this Sunday (30 October).


The changes to certain sections of some routes, to the timetables of some buses and to the frequency of some routes, will affect services provided by Thames Valley Buses, White Bus and Bear Buses. So please check the new timings and routes carefully prior to travelling.


This is a temporary approach while we work with operators and communities to establish a longer-term solution for the bus network from April next year that reflects changing traveller habits, with the aim of keeping residents connected in a cost-effective manner.


For further details, please pick up a leaflet from the library, visit our website, or read our press release.

Look out for Around the Royal Borough

Keep an eye out for our magazine, Around the Royal Borough, which will be landing on doormats across the borough from early next month.

This magazine is part of keeping you informed on our important work with partners to deliver on your priorities and support your communities. This year’s edition includes feature articles on cost of living support, creating a sustainable borough, investing in our highways, supporting sustainable growth, and investment and regeneration. 

It also includes information on support for people who provide unpaid care for others at home or in the community, top recycling tips and what happens to your food waste, how to get more involved in your community, plus a Christmas pull-out with details on lights switch-ons, other festive events, Christmas bin collection days and much more. 

Our Citizens' Portal is offline

Our Citizens’ Portal, which we use to report progress on our Corporate Plan, is experiencing technical issues.

The portal remains offline while system developers work to resolve these issues. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the site being offline and are working with the system developers to reinstate the Portal online at the earliest opportunity.

Please visit our website or check our Twitter and Facebook accounts for further updates.

Your chance to comment on neighbourhood planning proposals for Maidenhead

You are invited to comment on a community group’s proposals which, if approved, would allow the group to start preparing a draft Neighbourhood Plan covering the whole of Maidenhead’s unparished areas.

Neighbourhood plans allow communities to put in place planning policies for a specific neighbourhood area to help guide future development. Adding detail to planning policies already set in the Borough Local Plan, neighbourhood plans are used to help decide planning applications.

The Maidenhead Neighbourhood Forum group has applied to the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead to designate all of Maidenhead’s unparished areas as one neighbourhood area. These are the wards of Belmont, St Mary’s, Riverside, Furze Platt, Pinkneys Green, Boyn Hill, and Oldfield.

We are running a six-week consultation on the group's proposals, ending on Tuesday 6 December. For full details and to take part, please visit our website or use the public-access computers available at all local libraries, where staff are happy to help if needed.

Learn more in our press release.

Have your say on Windsor walking and cycling improvements

We have launched a consultation on walking and cycling improvements in parts of Stovell Road, and Barry Avenue, in Windsor.

We’d like to hear your views on the proposed changes which include widening footways and cycle tracks under the railway arches.

We are also seeking views on a secondary proposal to investigate introducing a ‘pocket park’ with additional planting and seating, near the existing gate on Stovell Road.

You have until Wednesday 16 November to complete the survey online. To learn more, please visit the RBWM Together website.

Your chance to meet the St Cloud Way development team

Countryside Properties, the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s joint venture development partner, has now begun redevelopment of the former Magnet Leisure Centre site at St Cloud Way, for 434 new homes in Maidenhead town centre.

On Wednesday 9 November, from 3pm to 7pm at St Joseph's Parish Centre, 36 Cookham Road, Countryside Properties is hosting a 'meet the team' event.

It will give neighbours an opportunity to ask questions about the construction works and to find out more detailed information about the development of the site.

If you have any queries, you can also contact Andrew Watson, associate construction director (07827 991331), and Kat Robinson, community liaison manager (07867 195118).

The World Café is coming to Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury

Ideas to help combat the cost of living, as well as social isolation and loneliness, are the topics for next Monday’s (31 October) World Café in Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury.

It’s being held in Champney Hall, Horton SL3 9PA, between 10am and 1pm. There’s no need to book and refreshments are free.

World Cafés are informal networking events where you can tell us what matters most to you, to give us a better understanding of your community’s diverse needs and concerns. This then drives tailored support via innovation and partnership working. These events are all about listening, to empower communities for sustainable change.

More than 60 residents and stakeholders attended the last World Café in St Mary’s, Maidenhead. They took part in Tai Chi and mini gardening workshops, which are two new local groups funded by the RBWM Innovation Fund - a joint initiative between us and NHS Frimley. As with all World Café events, there were also an array of stakeholder stands offering support and advice. And all attendees also received a £5 voucher to use at a local shop.

Find out more about our World Cafés on the RBWM Together website.

Calling all jobseekers! Attend our upcoming mini jobs fair

A mini jobs fair will take place at Maidenhead Library on Wednesday 9 November between 10.30am and 1.30pm.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is working with the JobCentre Plus to promote local job vacancies via an in-person jobs fair.

Jobseekers will have the opportunity to connect with employers looking for staff to fill their vacancies. Employers across a variety of sectors will be attending this event, so this is an ideal forum for candidates to understand the local jobs market, and the skills required to be successful in their applications.

Employers who wish to attend the event should contact

For more information, please visit our employment support webpage.

Reminder: Will you carve a path to victory in our pumpkin competition?

Calling all creative carvers! We want to showcase the best pumpkin carvings the Royal Boo-rough of Windsor & Maidenhead has to offer.

Whether it’s the classic zig-zag smile, or a truly artistic creation, make sure you share your carvings with us via Twitter or email.

We had some excellent entries last year so we’re looking forward to seeing what you make this year. We’ll share the best pumpkin carvings in the next edition of this Residents’ Newsletter.

Below are a few of last year's great entries.

Think green this Halloween!

It is estimated that up to 15 million pumpkins are binned in the UK every Halloween.

Why? Many pumpkins are carved, but not cooked, because most people don’t know they can eat them!

For ideas of what to cook with your pumpkin, check out recipes on the Hubbub website.

If you don’t fancy cooking with your pumpkin, or if you see signs of mould, be sure to pop it into your food waste bin to prevent it from going to landfill!

Focus on sustainability: What is the Energy Price Guarantee?

Central Government has released the Energy Price Guarantee to protect the public from continuously rising energy costs. This is done by putting a price cap on the unit cost of electricity and gas. The aim is to see an average household annual energy bill reach approximately £1,000 less than what it should be based on current October 2022 energy prices.

Each household energy cost will vary depending on the energy use and location. Therefore, the '£2,500 average energy cost' figure you may have heard is an example of energy cost for a household with typical consumption based on a direct debit to cover 12,000 kWh of gas and 2,900 kWh of electricity per year. 

The above image suggests average costs for different property types against 2019 data for median usage, paying for dual fuel, by direct debit. Credit: UK Government and BBC.

Due to recent changes in central government, this Energy Price Guarantee will be reviewed in April 2023. For further information please visit our RBWM Together page, or the Ofgem and Energy Savings Trust websites.

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

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

  • Upcoming Windsor and Maidenhead Community Forum (WAMCF) Dialogues – Share your views and join in the dialogue at the upcoming WAMCF Dialogues running from 7pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday 1 November at Maidenhead Gurdwara and Tuesday 29 November at Maidenhead Mosque. Read their newsletter for more information

  • Join Windsor Soundswell Choir (Every Tuesday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm) – Oakfield First School, Windsor. This friendly community choir welcomes new members, no auditions, and no experience necessary. It’s a mixed choir with a wide repertoire of music. Its rehearsals start again after half term on Tuesday 1 November. For more information go to the ‘joining’ section of its website or phone Ros on 07814 470814 or Rosemary on 01753 855062

  • Maidenhead Community Choir and Rollin’ Stoned Concert (Friday 11 November) – Old Court, Windsor. The Rollin’ Stoned, have toured its affectionate tribute to The Rolling Stones for over 27 years, and will perform a very different set up with the Maidenhead Community Choir. Tickets are available from the Old Court website

  • Maidenhead Choral Society Concert (Saturday 19 November, 7.30pm) – St Luke’s Church, Maidenhead. Maidenhead Choral Society is performing a concert of works by Mozart, Haydn and Faure. Tickets are available for £12 on the door or via their website

  • Early Music Concert (Sunday 20 November, 6.30pm) - All Saints Church, Maidenhead. Maidenhead-based Renaissance Voices have a concert featuring music in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and in honour of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music. The ticket price of £15 includes refreshments, and can be purchased on the door, or by contacting

  • Clewer and Dedworth Christmas Fair (Saturday 27 November, from 1pm to 5pm) – The Pirate Park, Dedworth Road, Windsor. Join the Clewer and Dedworth community for their Christmas fair and lights switch-on. More information is available on the Rock the Rec website

  • Beauty and the Beast (Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 December) – Holyport Memorial Hall. When an arrogant Prince is cursed to live as a beast, his only hope of salvation is to find love before the last petal falls from a magic rose. When pretty village girl, Beauty, comes into his life is this the chance he has been waiting for? Maidenhead Drama Guild will be performing this classic tale. Visit the Little Box Office website for more information and to book tickets

  •  Volunteer with DraughtBusters – Support this free service by volunteering to help people stop draughts in their homes and save them money. Anyone can be a DraughtBuster as full training is given. If want to volunteer, or need help fixing your draughts, please email

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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 in both directions between junctions 5 (Langley) and 6 (Slough-Windsor) from 10pm tomorrow (Saturday 29 October) until 6am on Monday 31 October. Traffic will be diverted onto A4 and the A355. For more information, please visit the National Highways website.

From 9pm today (Friday 28 October) until 6am tomorrow (Saturday 29 October), the A4 on St Cloud Way, Maidenhead, will be closed between its junction with A4 Bad Godesberg Way and A4 Bridge Road. This is to remove the footway bridge leading to the former Magnet Leisure Centre site.

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


There are also planned engineering works taking place on the South Western Railway (SWR) network this weekend (Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October). Please visit the SWR website for more information. 

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