Residents newsletter : Friday 9 April 2021

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Libraries update

Maidenhead and Windsor libraries will be open for browsing, study and PC use from Monday 12 April.

Depending on COVID-19 restrictions easing, other libraries should reopen:

  • Ascot on Monday 19 April
  • Dedworth, Cookham and Cox Green on Monday 26 April
  • Datchet, Sunninghill, Boyn Grove, Eton Wick and Old Windsor on Tuesday 4 May


Council services support, bookable public PC’s and study sessions will be available at all our libraries once they reopen.

Cashless council payments will be accepted at Maidenhead and Windsor libraries. You can also make online payments at all Royal Borough libraries.

Information about library opening hours can be found on our website.

RingGo charges reduced

Drivers using RingGo for cashless payments in the Royal Borough no longer need to pay the 20p convenience fee.

This change applies to all council car parks in the borough, including Hines Meadow in Maidenhead and Alma Road in Windsor. This applies to payments using both the phone number and the smartphone app.

You can learn more about where to park in the Royal Borough on our website.

Smoking fire safety - Put it Out, Right Out

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is encouraging smokers to put out their cigarettes properly as part of its ‘Fire Kills’ campaign.

Fires caused by smoking kill more people than any other type of fire, but there are simple steps that smokers can take to reduce the chances of smoking leading to a fire.

These steps include not smoking while tired, using a proper and secure ashtray and stubbing out cigarettes properly.

You can learn more about smoking fire safety on the RBFRS website.

Postal votes

There are a number of upcoming elections and referendums taking place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Police and Crime Commissioner elections, a referendum on the adoption of the Windsor Neighbourhood Plan and Parish and Town Council by-elections will be taking place on this day.

Applications are now open for postal votes. If you would like to register for a postal vote, or learn more about them, visit our website.

For postal votes to be counted, they must reach the Returning Officer by 10pm on polling day (Thursday 6 May 2021) - make sure you post your vote soon to make sure it is counted.

Free children's interactive virtual session about the environment

On Monday 12 April at 6pm, Green Earth Plan is teaming up with Plastic Free Windsor for the first in a series of free virtual sessions to help children learn more about our impact on the environment.

This session (aimed at children aged seven - 14 years old) will explore the impact we can have on our planet if we are not considerate of nature and the steps we can take to help make our world a better place.

You can book your place and learn more on the Green Earth Plan website.

Upcoming road closures due to water works

A section of the westbound carriageway in Osborne Road, Windsor will be closed from Monday 12 April for water main works carried out by Thames Water.

Three-way traffic lights will be in place outside the Princess Margaret Hospital and in Balmoral Gardens. The works are due to finish by Monday 3 May.

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

COVID-19 Royal Borough Memory Box

To reflect and record the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community, the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum is hosting The Royal Borough Memory Box.

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 museum@rbwm.gov.uk.

Share your experiences of local health and social care services

Healthwatch Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead wants to know about your experiences and views of local health and care services as part of its What Matters Most survey.

Your feedback will help the group collect positive and negative experiences of residents from across the borough, which will form a report that will be publicly shared with 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.

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.

M4 closures

The M4 will be closed in both directions between junctions 6 (Slough), and 8/9 (Maidenhead), from 8pm on Friday 9 April to 6am on Monday 12 April 2021.

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