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Sustainable road repair technology used by Royal Borough in expanded trial


We're carrying out an expanded trial of equipment which is a more sustainable and efficient way of repairing wear and tear in roads, including potholes.


A specialist thermal infrared heater, specifically designed to be used on highways, is used to quickly heat up the existing asphalt surface in need of repair. It is then easily reworked using hand tools before a rejuvenator and fresh material is added to the heated asphalt. The area is then reprofiled level with the surrounding road surface and compacted.


The improvements are being carried out by our highways contractor, VolkerHighways.

Find out more about this technology and where it's being used in our press release.

Work to begin on new toucan crossing linking Maidenhead town centre with homes north of the town


We're set to begin work on a new crossing for pedestrians and cyclists across the A4 St Cloud Way linking Maidenhead town centre with homes in the north of the town.


The toucan crossing will connect the new St Cloud Way development on the former Magnet Leisure Centre and Ten Pin Bowling sites, as well as other properties north of St Cloud Way, with the town centre by providing a link between Holmanleaze and the Hines Meadow car park.


Work will begin on Wednesday 30 August and last approximately six weeks. It will be carried out in phases and will require the closure of single lanes on each side of the dual carriageway, eastbound and westbound. This will allow traffic to continue to use the road, but traffic management measures will be in place. 

The project forms another part of our investment into active travel and healthy travel choices in Maidenhead, encouraging walking and cycling to and from the town centre.

Read more in our press release.

Supporting the Lionesses in the Women's World Cup Final

To show our support for the England team in the Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday, we’re flying the flag proudly at Maidenhead Town Hall and Windsor Guildhall.

Several local venues will be showing the game – if you’re going out to roar the Lionesses on, have a great time and remember to support England responsibly! Come on England! 

Windsor & Maidenhead Community Lottery: Helping local good causes fundraise


There have now been two £250 winners in our Windsor & Maidenhead Community Lottery, which raises funds for 70 good causes across the borough.


At last Saturday’s weekly draw, there were 17 winners whose ticket sales boosted funds for their 12 chosen local good causes.


Mr R from Ascot, who supports Ascot Shed, won the £250 prize. There were also two £25 winners who support Berks County FC and Stand Out for Autism Sensory Bus. And there were 14 players who won three extra lottery tickets, as two of their chosen numbers matched the six drawn.


At the lottery draw on Saturday 5 August, Ms R from Maidenhead, who supports Alywn & Courthouse PTA, won the £250 prize. Ms H, the £25 winner, went on to donate her prize to her chosen charity, the Maidenhead & District Stroke Club. There were also 32 players who won three extra lottery tickets.


Up to 60% of the lottery’s ticket sales go to the local good cause chosen by players. To see which local good causes across the borough benefit from the lottery, visit the Windsor & Maidenhead Community Lottery website.

Congratulations to our local A-Level students


Well done to our local A-Level students after receiving your results this week.


We hope you're happy with your results after your hard work and study. If not, please speak to your college or school for advice. If you need independent mental health support, you can also contact Kooth.

More information on the other support available can be found on our website.

Back to school: Term dates 2023/24

With the summer holidays into the final weeks and children going back to school soon, make sure you’ve got the term dates for the new academic year in your diary, mums and dads.

The first official day of term, Monday 4 September, is a Teacher Training Day set by the council.

For more information on term dates, visit our website.

Protecting the financial interests of our most vulnerable


We deliver many services as a council. Everyone knows about roads and bins, but few have heard about the important work of our Deputyship and Appointeeship Team.

They are one of the more unusual functions of the Royal Borough, providing support to some of our most vulnerable residents by helping them to manage their finances and benefits, when they can no longer do that themselves and no one is willing or available to help.

The team helps anyone deemed to lack capacity to manage their finances, irrespective of their age.

The team acts in the best interests of the clients. Sometimes this means taking steps to protect the finances of vulnerable residents where the council has suspicions of financial abuse by close relatives. For example, the team was involved in helping to protect the finances of an elderly man in a care home from such abuse. His daughter was recently jailed following a court case. 

Find out more about the team by watching our video on Facebook and Twitter.

Are you concerned about your teen vaping?


Parents of teenagers who vape, are invited to one of two online focus groups being held on Thursday 7 September at 1.30pm, or Tuesday 12 September at 9.30am. Both sessions last an hour.


Along with Bracknell Forest Council, we’re exploring young people’s use and attitudes towards vaping. We want to better understand why they use vapes, how they get hold of them, and what they understand of the health risks.

An Action on Smoking and Health survey shows an increasing number of young people nationally are vaping. Local data also shows a similar trend. Although vapes are currently seen as less harmful than cigarettes, they’re designed to stop people smoking, not to start, which is what young people are doing with them.

Even though we’re talking to young people in this project, the views of their parents are equally important. Feedback from both groups will help us shape the local support needed.

To book your place on one of the parent focus groups, visit the Let’s Talk about Vaping page on Bracknell Forest’s website.

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.

Wraysbury Parish by-election result

Following the recent resignation of a Wraysbury parish councillor, one candidate put their name forward in the resultant by-election.

Roly Latif has therefore been elected without contest to this parish council seat.

Royal Borough Community Spotlight

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

  • Holyport Village Show (Saturday 9 September, from 2pm) - Holyport War Memorial Hall. Now in its 26th year the show is open to residents of Bray Parish, including Broom Farm and The Willows. Entry is also open to families not living in these areas provided that one of the family is a member of a society, club, school, business or group located therein. Classes include vegetables, handicraft, cooking and floral classes. There are also categories for children or all ages and this year there is a Coronation theme to the children’s pictures and photography sections. Final date for entry forms is Sunday 3 September. Admission to the show by donation.


  • Visit All Saints Church, Maidenhead (Saturday 9 September and Sunday 10 September) - Boyn Hill Road, SL6 4HE. Part of National Heritage Open Days, visitors are welcome to visit the Grade I listed Victorian church, designed by George Edmund Street, to view its ornate exterior and interior on the Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, and on the Sunday from midday to 4.30pm. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available. See the magnificent stained-glass windows, the stone wall sculptures and an intricately carved oak memorial to a soldier of The Great War. There will be an hour's talk at 2pm on Saturday and at 3pm on Sunday, and a 30-minute organ recital at 2.30pm on Sunday. Street parking outside. Visit the church’s website for more details. To see more local buildings participating in Heritage Open Days, visit the website.


  • Brass Quintet (Saturday 16 September, 7.30pm) – St John the Baptist Church, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PD. Quintessential Brass will play music spanning the last 400 years, including original works for brass and arrangements of familiar light repertoire. Tickets cost £15 each and include a drink and canapés in the interval. Tickets or further information are available from Ros Hazeldine on 01628 476963 or email

  • Stanley Spencer Gallery summer exhibition (until 5 November) - High St, Cookham, SL6 9SJ. A Brush with History, Stanley Spencer and Modern British Art in partnership with Southampton City Art Gallery. For more information, and gallery opening times, visit its website.

  • Volunteer directors needed at Filling Good, Maidenhead’s community zero waste store. Not-for-profit and primarily run by volunteers, its purpose is to help people reduce their plastic consumption and waste by refilling their containers instead of throwing away lots of packaging. Four roles need to be filled - a compliance director, finance director, marketing and communication director and a people and HR director. The closing date for applications is 9 September. If you are interested, please email

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Local Travel Updates

Rail - industrial action

Strike action by the RMT union will take place on Saturday 26 August and Saturday 2 September, while Aslef has announced strike action for Friday 1 September. A significantly reduced service will run with trains starting later and finishing much earlier. Many parts of the SWR and GWR network will have no service at all. Journey planners will be updated in due course. Visit the GWR website and SWR website for updates.

Engineering work

Planned engineering work will mean the line between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside will be closed from Monday 21 August to Saturday 26 August inclusive. From Sunday 27 August to Friday 1 September inclusive the lines from Barnes to Virginia Water and Windsor & Eton Riverside and Hounslow will also be closed. Buses will replace trains. Check before you travel and for more information, visit the Network Rail 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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