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Flood risk reduction work to begin in Datchet


Important work to reduce flood risk in Datchet by clearing silt from a Victorian underground watercourse, is set to begin on Monday 10 July.


We've commissioned contractors to remove a thick layer of silt lying on the bottom of the brick-built Datchet Barrel Arch running underneath the centre of the village.


Temporary traffic lights will be used to manage traffic along the B376 Slough Road, London Road, and Horton Road, to allow the route to remain open. However, some temporary disruption is to be expected.


For the work to be carried out safely, contractors will work in small sections which will be on a single side of the road at any one time. Access to the 1.1 metre diameter drain will be through manholes which are staggered between Church mead School, Priory Way, and Green Lane.

The work is scheduled to continue until Wednesday 16 August.

Read more in our press release.

Royal Borough adopts Datchet Neighbourhood Plan following support in local referendum

We've adopted an important planning document that will help to shape future development within the Datchet Parish.

The Datchet Neighbourhood Plan was produced by local people on the Datchet Neighbourhood Plan group, on behalf of the parish council, following a process of community and stakeholder consultation, as well as an independent examination.

On 4 May, we held a Local Referendum on the final version of the draft plan, resulting in 1,014 votes in support and 127 votes against, with a turnout of 30.38 per cent within the parish.

This week, Full Council voted unanimously to formally adopt or “make” the plan as part of our Development Plan, meaning the policies it contains will be used to decide planning applications within the parish

Read more in our press release.

Countdown to the Windsor and Maidenhead Community Lottery

Scores of local voluntary and community groups attended the good causes launch event at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, to hear how our new Windsor and Maidenhead Community Lottery can boost their funds.

More than 50 local good causes have now registered, including scouts, charities, sports groups, PTAs, and social clubs. If you’re a local good cause, you can still register free of charge on the Community Lottery website. Up to 60 per cent of ticket sales goes towards these groups.

Public tickets for the Community Lottery go on sale online next Tuesday 4 July and cost just £1 per week. Cash prizes are up for grabs, along with the chance to win at the first draw on Saturday 29 July prizes kindly donated by the Hurley House Hotel in Maidenhead, and the Castle Hotel in Windsor.

Upcoming National Education Union strikes

The National Education Union is planning strike days on Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 July. Please check arrangements for that day with your children’s school if the school hasn’t already been in touch to confirm their arrangements or put a notice on their website.

Individual schools are responsible for assessing if and how they will be affected and managing their response, which includes taking decisions to stay open, restrict attendance, or close, and communicating this with parents.

We have shared with all local schools the national guidance on managing strikes and we will shortly be asking all schools to confirm their plans. If a school notifies us of a planned closure then we will add this to our website.

Cycle with Confidence sessions for adults


Free cycling confidence sessions specifically for adults are being held on selected Saturdays until September.


The one-day sessions are designed to give adult cyclists skills and confidence, whatever their existing competency levels. Training will include looking at safe positioning on the road, how to navigate junctions and plan journeys.


Future dates are 8 July, 5 August, and 2 September. All of the sessions are being held at St Mary’s School, Cookham Road, in Maidenhead, SL6 7EG.


If female cyclists would prefer a lady-only environment, they can tick that option when they sign-up to a session.


Visit our website for more details about the sessions as well as the online sign-up link.

Have your say: Proposed extension of 20mph speed limit and upgraded crossing

We'd like residents to give us their views on two consultations we're running for Windsor - one on a proposal to extend the 20mph speed limit for several streets in the town, and another for a proposed upgraded crossing.

Following a request from residents, we're keen to hear views on the proposal to extend the 20mph speed limit in Stovell Road, Vansittart Road, Duke Street and part of Barry Avenue, to include Riverway up to the Arches. 

For more information and to respond, visit the RBWM Together webpage.

The second consultation is about a proposal to upgrade the crossing in St Leonards Road, near Bolton Road, from a zebra crossing to one with pedestrian controlled traffic lights.

Further details and to how to respond can also be found on the RBWM Together website.

You can also share your views by writing to us at Traffic Safety Manager, Town Hall, St Ives Rd, SL6 1RF. Both consultations close on Sunday 16 July.

Suggest topics for our scrutiny panels to discuss

Did you know that you can suggest topics for our three scrutiny panels to discuss?

Topics should relate to a service, event or issue which affects the social, environmental or economic wellbeing of a group or community of the people in the borough.

For more details on what makes a good scrutiny topic and how to suggest one visit our website.

Our Communications Service wins national award

Our Communications Service has won a national award for leading the communications supporting events in Windsor for the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last September.

The service was named the winner in the 'Issues, crisis, or reputation management' category at the CIPR Excellence Awards held in London on Wednesday night.

This reflects the dedication of the communications team and collaboration with many local and national partners. Our thanks to all those who supported us.

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

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

  • Knowl Hill Academy PTA Summer Fair (Saturday 1 July, 11am to 2pm) Free entry. Bouncy castle, BBQ, face painting, lots of stalls, including tombolas, spin to win, tin can alley and more. For more information visit the Knowl Hill Academy website.

  • Clewer Green Summer Fair (Saturday 1 July, 11am to 4pm) – Hatch Lane, Windsor. An afternoon of family fun. There is something for everyone including games, stalls, face painting, tombolas, entertainment, and a fully licensed bar. Learn more on the Facebook event page.

  • Rock the Rec (Saturday 1 July and Sunday 2 July, from noon) - Clewer Memorial Park, Dedworth Road, Windsor. Tickets for the two-day music festival are available at the Rock the Rec website or from Woody’s Café at Clewer Memorial Park. Along with local bands, the weekend will also feature stalls, food, free bouncy castle and a funfair.

  • Parallel Windsor 2023 (Sunday 2 July) - Windsor Great Park. The inaugural mass-participation sports event and Festival of Inclusivity which champions disability inclusion will see participants taking part in a range of multiple running, walking, and pushing distances; including 100m, 1K, 5K and 10K. There will also be Parallel’s innovative SuperSensory 1K, supporting neurodiversity and participants with profound and multiple learning disabilities to exercise their senses over a series of challenges such as responding to sound, taste, and touch. Visit the Parallel Windsor website to learn more.

  • Celebrate International Sunday at King's Church International (Sunday 2 July, 10am) - Braywick Leisure Centre for our Special International Sunday family service. A celebration of the 50 plus different nationalities represented in the church, and God's love for people from all nations and ethnicities. Come wearing your national dress, or with a flag from your nation(s). There will be live worship and refreshments to enjoy together after the service. For details visit the website.

  • Family concert (Sunday 2 July, 4pm) – Sir Bernard Miller Centre, Cookham. The Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra (WMSO) is hosting a family concert featuring music by Sibelius, Coates and Elgar. Tickets are £18 or £5 for children and students. Visit the WMSO website to learn more and book.

  • Bray Church Teas (every Sunday from 2 July to 27 August - except 23 July, 2.30pm to 5pm). St Michael’s Hall, behind St Michael’s Church, High Street, Bray SL6 2AB. Come and enjoy tea and homemade cakes in aid of various charities. For more information visit the church's website.

  • Eton College Gardens (Tuesday 4 July, from noon to 4.30pm) - Eton College Gardens, Eton, nr Windsor, SL4 6DB. As well as seeing the gardens of the Provost, Vice Provost and Head Master, you will be able to enjoy tea and delicious homemade cakes provided and served by supporters of Thames Hospice. All money taken from teas and cakes will go to Thames Hospice. For more information visit the National Garden Scheme website.

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (5 to 8 July, 6.30pm, Saturday matinee 8 July, 2pm) at The Farrer Theatre, Eton College. A cast of students from across Windsor First, Middle and Upper Schools present Andrew Lloyd Webber's colourful musical. Tickets available here.

  • Shout! (6 to 8 July) Old Court arts space in Windsor. Shout! is a musical set in England during the swinging Sixties and features classic songs such as Son Of A Preacher Man, Downtown, These Boots Are Made For Walkin' and many more. For more details visit the website.

  • Windsor Ascot & Maidenhead Community Land Trust conference focused on affordable housing for the borough. (Thursday 6 July, 9.30am to 3.30pm) – The Old Barn, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead SL6 4PF. Visit the trust's website for more information and to register to attend, or email for a link. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

  • Family Fun Day (Saturday 8 July, 12pm to 3pm). Hosted by Friends of Eton Wick School (FoEWS), Eton Wick C of E First School, Sheepcote Road, Eton Wick, SL4 6JN. Stalls, inflatable obstacle course/bouncy castle, games, stalls, BBQ, refreshments, raffle and much more. All welcome. For more details, visit the Facebook page. Profits will go towards FoEWS fundraising, Charity Commission No. 309540.

  • Celebrating 100 years of Bray Village Hall (Saturday 8 July). Bray Village Hall celebrates 100 years of community service this year that includes supporting Britain's war effort between 1940 and 1945. It has continued to serve the community as the venue for local groups, including senior citizens, Brownies, boxing club, dances, a rentable space for private hire and much more. Today, it still supports many activities and opens Thursdays and Friday evenings as a bar for locals and visitors. Come to learn more about its history and facilities on offer to mark its 100-year birthday. For more information visit the Facebook page.

  • Celebration of the music of William Byrd and Thomas Weelkes (Saturday 8 July, 6.30pm) - All Saints Church, Boyn Hill Road, Maidenhead. Renaissance Voices and Turpins Trio present a concert of the music of Byrd and Weelkes, both of whom died in 1623. The concert will be followed by a cold supper and a glass of wine. Tickets £14 in advance or £15 on the door. Email or visit the Renaissance Voices website.

If you have an upcoming not-for-profit community event or appeal for volunteers you’d like to promote in this newsletter, simply send basic information about your event to and it could be shared with more than 21,000 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.

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.


We are consulting on two proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to address:

  • Barbecues and fires in our parks and open spaces
  • Alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

Both consultations close on Wednesday 19 July.

Local Travel Updates

Planned engineering works this weekend means Aldershot to Ascot rail services will not run on Saturday and Sunday. Buses will run between Aldershot and Ascot. For more information, visit the South Western Railway website.

Industrial action by members of the ASLEF union will affect the South Western Railway network between Monday 3 and Saturday 8 July. While the majority of services will run, there will be a reduced service across the network. Visit the SWR website for more information.

The RMT union has announced nationwide strike action involving 14 train operators, including South Western Railway (SWR) and Great Western Railway (GWR), on Thursday 20, Saturday 22, and Saturday 29 July.

For updates, visit the GWR website and SWR 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 website.


  • Heathrow Airport Noise Action Plan - The closing date for responses is Monday 17 July. For full details and to take part, visit the airport's website.

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