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Construction starts on 100% affordable housing development in Maidenhead

We've broken ground to officially mark the start of construction of our 100 per cent affordable housing scheme in Maidenhead. 


Our £4m investment, at 20 Ray Mill Road West, will provide 14 one- and two-bedroom flats, including some social rent homes, with our Property Company delivering the scheme on our behalf.


This week, representatives of the Royal Borough, our Property Company, construction contractor Helix, scheme architect and technical consultant gathered on the cleared site to celebrate construction work getting underway, which is anticipated to be complete by autumn 2024.


Read more in our press release and watch our video on Facebook.

Saddle up as final phase of Maidenhead Missing Links cycle route is completed


Cyclists in Maidenhead now have a dedicated new 1.3km cycle route, making healthy active travel across the town safer and more convenient, thanks to the completion of the £2.8m Missing Links route.


We've constructed the new route in phases, with the final part focused on upgraded paths, a new bridge, landscaping, and signs at Town Moor. The whole route connects current and future residential areas in the north with the town centre and railway station to the south. Pedestrians can also use it.


The overall scheme, mostly funded by government’s Local Growth Fund through the Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), includes improvements at a number of key locations to help you transition to cycling or walking for shorter journeys, supporting our work to tackle climate change. We would like the route to be adopted into the National Cycle Network in due course. 

Read more in our press release and watch our video on Facebook.

Demolition of closed Broadway car park due to start this autumn

Demolition of the closed Broadway car park is due to start this autumn, to remove safety risks posed by the failed structure, while reducing the potential for anti-social behaviour and town centre blight.

The 1960s concrete structure is unfortunately beyond its economic life and in significant structural failure, due to water ingress eroding the reinforced steel. Cabinet has agreed this work, which was the recommended way forward to make the site safe.

Now the formal call-in period on this decision has passed, a contractor will be appointed. Levelling and clearance will take around a year, supported by arrangements to minimise disruption on the town centre. While this might seem a while, this time is needed to safely remove a large multi-storey building in a busy, built-up area.

We will also be looking at options to create a temporary car park once it has been demolished. In the meantime, we'd again like to thank everyone for your ongoing patience, and for continuing to play your part for Maidenhead town centre by shopping locally and supporting traders.

Maintenance work to our multi-storey car parks

We're undertaking maintenance work to the Stafferton Way and Hines Meadow car parks in Maidenhead, and Victoria Street in Windsor.

Work at the two Maidenhead car parks includes redecorating doors and clearing the roofs of moss and debris. At Stafferton Way the work will also include cleaning drains and downpipes.


At Victoria Street we'll be redecorating stairwells as well as doors, replacing damaged sections of the crash barriers along with pigeon preventative measures, and redecorating areas of the toilets.

Essential maintenance to Royal Windsor Way will futureproof vital route for years to come

Essential maintenance work to repair the A355 and A332 Royal Windsor Way will ensure this key transport link is ready for winter and for years to come.


Our important investment will see surface treatment work undertaken on both the northbound and southbound carriageways next month, including crack and joint sealing, and patching. The work will also include line painting, new cats’ eyes and street lighting and barrier repairs.


The project, which is being undertaken by VolkerHighways, our highways contractor, will also include asphalt preservation work to help extend the life of the surface.


Overnight closures on the section of road between the B3024 Dedworth Road roundabout in the south and the roundabout at the junction with the M4 in the north, will be in place from 8pm until 5.30am for 12 nights next month. Both roundabouts will remain open.

Read more in our press release.

Eton Wick Library temporarily closed

Please be aware that Eton Wick Library will remain temporarily closed for the time being.

We'd like to thank residents for their ongoing patience and will provide an update as soon as practically possible. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter channels.

If you would like to return or renew books over the coming days, and you would usually visit Eton Wick, remember you can still return or renew books at any Royal Borough library and you can also renew online.

Free family activities at Braywick Nature Centre

A host of free family nature activities will take place at Braywick Nature Reserve on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 August. They are a chance for children to explore three different habitats at the reserve – water, woodland and meadowland.


The activities themselves are free-of-charge, though places must be booked in advance, with the option to buy tasty plant-based food and refreshments afterwards on the Tuesday and Wednesday only. You can book a place here


These family activities are in place of the Braywick Nature Festival, postponed due to bad weather last Saturday.

Learn more about Berkshire's Local Nature Recovery Strategy

Find out more about Berkshire’s Local Nature Recovery Strategy at a series of free introductory webinars.


These will take place in September and October and are tailored to various groups, including farmers, foresters, landowners and land managers, councils, developers, interested residents, businesses, NGOs and public bodies.


The strategy will prioritise areas where nature can be expanded and protected in Berkshire, and we’ve been designated as Berkshire’s responsible authority for the strategy – one of 48 such authorities across the country. Over the next two years, we’ll lead the work with the county’s five other unitary authorities, or supporting authorities, and their communities.


Through consultation with the groups outlined above, a nature map of opportunities will be created, as well as a list of priorities. Find out more and register for the webinars by visiting RBWM Together.

Reminder: Free swimming sessions for local teenagers this summer to aid water safety


Young people aged 13 to 17 years old can enjoy free swim sessions at two popular leisure centres during the school summer holidays, thanks to a water safety initiative.


Leisure Focus, our leisure operator, in collaboration with local partners including the council itself, is running its “Safe Summer Swim” initiative, with a mission to reduce the risk of young people getting into trouble in lakes and rivers.


The programme offers free one-hour fun swim sessions for 13- to 17-year-olds at Windsor Leisure Centre and Braywick Leisure Centre (weekdays only), until Friday 1 September, making swimming accessible and promoting water safety.


With up to 40 spaces available per session, this initiative seeks to provide local teenagers with an opportunity to learn essential water safety skills, improve their swimming abilities, and foster a greater appreciation for water-related activities.


Safe Summer Swim is funded by Leisure Focus Trust, Louis Baylis Trust, Shanly Homes, Baylis Media CIC, and the Royal Borough. Read more about Safe Summer Swim on our website.

Maidenhead and Windsor Town Forums - get involved

You are welcome to attend, listen to the discussion, ask questions and suggest items for future agendas at the next Maidenhead and Windsor Town Forum meetings.


The next Maidenhead Town Forum will be held on Tuesday 12 September at Maidenhead Town Hall from 6.30pm, and the next Windsor Town Forum will be held on Tuesday 19 September at York House, Windsor also from 6.30pm.


The meetings will also be streamed live on the council’s YouTube channel.

Calling local businesses. Get your advert into every home in the Royal Borough

We are now inviting businesses to advertise in Around the Royal Borough, our annual magazine for residents, which will be hand-delivered to every home across the borough in early November.

This is your cost-effective route to reach more than 65,000 households, with a range of advertising options available to meet different marketing budgets and requirements.

For more information and to see last year’s edition of the magazine, visit our website. Please email any enquiries to our Communications Team at

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

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

  • Family drop-in sessions – Want time to chill and meet friends, with a space to play and enjoy craft activities with other families? Re:Charge family drop-in sessions run from 10am to 2pm every Tuesday at Larchfield Community Centre, Maidenhead and every Thursday at Wesley Hall, High Street Methodist Church, Maidenhead. Admission is £1.50 per family, and hot drinks and snacks are available. Learn more on the Re:Charge Maidenhead Facebook page.

  • Wonderfully Made – All Saints Summer Fun Festival (14 to 18 August, 10am to 4pm, with some evening events). This is for the whole community with full days of fun and faith-filled activities for all ages. Each day there will be Lego, crazy golf, bouncy castle, toddler toys and a cafe open throughout these times. Please note: this is a public event so kids will need to bring their adults. Feel free to bring a packed lunch. For more details, visit the church's website.

  • Come & Sing Country (Tuesday 15 August, 7.30pm to 9.30pm) – Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead. A totally inclusive singing session, all welcome. Event booking page.

  • Old Windsor Handicraft, Produce & Horticultural Society 86th Annual Show (Saturday 2 September) - Old Windsor Memorial Hall. Categories for adults and children including arts, craft, baking, flower arranging and horticulture. Entry forms due in by Wednesday 30 August. See the Facebook group for more information and a copy of the show programme. 

  • Have you ever wanted to try choral singing? Open Evening (Wednesday 6 September, 7.30pm to 9.30pm) - Trevelyan School, Wood Close, Windsor. Come and enjoy an evening with community choir, the Royal Free Singers. Vocal warm-ups, rounds and part-songs, suitable for all, and an introduction to Verdi's Requiem, the group's next concert. No charge, all welcome. Send an email to let the group know you're coming or to ask any questions at or visit the Royal Free Singers website.

  • Volunteers to train as sound recordists for Maidenhead and District Talking Newspaper. The Maidenhead and District Talking Newspaper Association was founded in 1984 and run by volunteers to offer a free service to bring audio recordings of the Maidenhead Advertiser to the visually impaired residents of the SL6 postal area. Sound recordists are trained on its recording equipment that records the teams who read the news and other articles from the Advertiser. For further information or to volunteer please telephone 01628 631259.

  • Volunteering for Maidenhead Community Watch Association. Funding has been received to promote the association's Home Security Assessment initiative, which is providing vulnerable and elderly residents in Maidenhead with various free home security items. The group has the need for a handyman/lady to help with fitting the free security items as required (door chain, security lights, door spy holes), and for someone to carry out the initial Home Security Assessment. Training is provided at one brief session. Anyone interested in participating can contact the association chairman, John Diack, on

  • Younger People with Dementia (YPWD) volunteers needed. Do you have a caring nature, enjoy working with people, have an interest in dementia and like to be creative? Help the team support younger people with dementia at its activity-based workshops around Berkshire. For more information visit its website or email

  • Volunteer with People to Places. The Maidenhead-based charity is seeking volunteers to drive its accessible minibuses, which provide transport to residents of the borough with mobility challenges. The charity has experienced a significant increase in journey requests for its dial-a-ride service since the pandemic and desperately needs more volunteer drivers to meet this demand. By becoming a volunteer driver with People to Places, you'll have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of those in your community who rely on the service. For more information on the driver roles, visit the website, call 01628 587922, or email

  • Trustee vacancies. Cookham Welfare Trust is a small charity which provides educational grants to students in the Cookham area. It is looking to recruit local residents to join the charity as trustees to help it grow and continue to provide support to young people in the Cookham parishes. Committee meetings are held quarterly at Elizabeth House in Cookham. You do not need any previous experience of working with a charity or in the education sector. To find out more about joining as a trustee email

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Local Travel Updates

Rail - industrial action

Industrial action short of a strike by the ASLEF union could mean disruption until the end of tomorrow, Saturday 12 August. For updates, visit the GWR website and SWR website.

Engineering work

Planned engineering work is taking place on the South Western Railway network this weekend, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August, and the lines between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside will be closed for maintenance work. For more information, visit the SWR website.

Planned engineering work will mean the line between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside will also be closed from Monday 21 August to Saturday 26 August. Buses will replace trains. Check before you travel and for more information, visit the Network Rail website.

Roads - National Highways work

National Highways will be carrying out essential repairs to the culvert which takes the Bisham Brook under the A404. The main work will start on Monday 4 September and last for approximately 11 weeks.

During this time, it will need to close the road and footpath from the end of The Green beyond the play area off Marlow Road. This will also include the closure of the footpath (#35) that runs alongside the A404 until it meets the pedestrian crossroads. Access to properties and adjacent farmland will be maintained. More information on its website.

Council highways works

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.

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