Residents newsletter : Friday 23 April 2021

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Climate change campaign launches

In celebration of Earth Day this week, we have launched a climate change campaign to promote steps we can all take to change our behaviours and reduce our carbon footprint.

We are committed to achieving a target of net zero carbon emissions in the Royal Borough by 2050, in line with Government policy as part of our Environment and Climate Strategy.

Our four-week climate campaign will focus on:

  • reducing single use plastic
  • reducing energy usage in homes and buildings
  • protecting nature and the role the natural world plays in helping us fight climate change
  • encouraging people to make sustainable travel choices

Our campaign will also celebrate the passionate climate work of the Royal Borough’s community groups and business, as well as promote opportunities for all of us to get involved.

During the next month, we will be sharing more details about our strategy, and feature practical steps to help our planet.

To learn more, read our press release.


School place offers for September 2021 entry – deadline 30 April

Please respond to your child’s school place offer by no later than Friday 30 April, to let us know if you want to accept or decline the offer.

If we do not hear from you by Friday 30 April, your offer may be withdrawn, and the place offered to another child.

To respond, please visit the admissions portal on our website or email


Funding support for Royal Borough leisure centres

A grant of £280,000, provided by the Government’s Sport England’s National Leisure Recovery Fund, has been used to help reopen leisure facilities in the Royal Borough.

The borough’s six leisure centres, run by Leisure Focus, had been closed for several months due to COVID-19 but reopened on 29 March in line with England’s COVID-19 roadmap.

This funding has gone towards essential maintenance and investment in new equipment such as a new marquee to support COVID-19 safe activities, gym equipment, and additional cleaning equipment.

To learn more, read our press release.


His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral took place in Windsor last Saturday.

Thank you for following the Royal Family’s wishes by not coming to Windsor to pay your respects before and on the day of the funeral.

A big thank you also to the residents and businesses in Windsor who were impacted by the funeral.

Some 13 million people across the UK watched the event from home, and thanks to you they saw Windsor at its best during this sad time.

If you have not done so already, you can sign the online Book of Condolence on the Royal Family website.

The Royal Family has also asked that people consider making a donation in his memory to a charity of their choice, or one of The Duke of Edinburgh's Patronages. Find out more on the Royal Family website.


Upcoming changes to Maidenhead Police Station front counter hours

From Monday 30 August, Maidenhead Police Station’s front counter hours will be reducing from 8am-10pm seven days a week, to 8am­-4pm Monday to Friday.

This will not affect officer numbers nor the number of police bases in the Thames Valley area, say police.

It follows a Thames Valley Police public consultation earlier this year on proposed changes to front counter services at police stations across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

You can learn more about these changes on the Thames Valley Police website.


Water Safety Week

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) asks that you take extra care if you’re in or near water, as part of Water Safety Week which starts on Monday 26 April.

To reduce the risk of an accident, say fire officers, do not jump straight into open water and avoid routes near water if you are under the influence of alcohol.

If you do find yourself unexpectedly in the water, don’t panic. Float on your back until the cold water shock passes. If you see someone else in trouble, never enter the water yourself; call 999 and ask for the fire service if inland and the coastguard if at the coast.

You can learn more about water safety on the RBFRS website.



Have your say

We regularly hold consultations to get your views on proposals within the Royal Borough.

Responding to our consultations and giving your feedback is the best way to ensure your views are heard.
Our current consultations are:

More information can be found on the consultations pages of our website.



Upcoming road closures due to water works

A section of the westbound carriageway in Osborne Road, Windsor, is due to be closed from Tuesday 11 May for at least three weeks, for water main work by Thames Water.

Three-way traffic lights will be in place outside the Princess Margaret Hospital and in Balmoral Gardens.

Thames Water says this work is not expected to impact local supplies.


M4 closures

The M4 is due to be closed in both directions this weekend between junctions 6 (Slough), and 8/9 (Maidenhead), from 8pm today to 6am on Monday 26 April.

Visit the Highways England website for more details on the M4 smart motorway works.


One week left to share your experiences of local health and social care services

You still have a week left to share your experiences and views of local health and care services with Healthwatch Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead as part of its ‘What Matters Most’ survey.

Your feedback will help inform those who can help improve these services.

To take part and learn more about the survey, visit the Healthwatch Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead website, before the Friday 30 April deadline.


COVID-19 Royal Borough Memory Box

Help us reflect and record the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on you in The Royal Borough Memory Box, run by Windsor & Royal Borough Museum.

This historic project invites you to contribute your photographs, videos, artwork, stories and any items that represent your personal experiences of life during the pandemic and in lockdown.

To get involved with this unique opportunity, visit the Royal Borough Memory Box website to donate your memories via the online form.

To learn more about what you can put into the Memory Box, take a look at the flyer.

If you have any questions, please email