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 on: January 28, 2023, 05:06:48 PM 
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Don’t forget the big garden birdwatch today and tomorrow.

 on: January 28, 2023, 04:10:39 PM 
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 on: January 28, 2023, 02:06:34 AM 
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From Kathy Ilic

If anyone finds a ladies black glove en route from the moor to holy trinity school please let me know


 on: January 27, 2023, 05:52:11 PM 
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There is just one week left to renew your passport before prices go up by 9%. From next Thursday (February 2) the cost of replacing an expired passport online is set to increase by £7 to £82.50.

The price of replacing a child's passport is also on the rise. The price will increase by £4.50, from the current £49 to £53.50.

 on: January 27, 2023, 05:36:50 PM 
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We are releasing CCTV images of individuals officers would like to speak to as they may have vital information regarding an incident of assault in Maidenhead. 

The incident occurred at around 7.20pm on Sunday 20 November at McDonalds in Maidenhead town centre. The victim was approached by a group of offenders and was assaulted.

To view the CCTV images, please read our press release - CCTV image released following an incident of assault – Maidenhead | Thames Valley Police

 on: January 27, 2023, 05:35:02 PM 
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Work designed to improve the overall experience and safety of residents and visitors in Windsor town centre is set to begin this spring.
The public realm improvements in Castle Hill and St Alban’s Street will see Castle Hill partially pedestrianised with a wider pavement on the southern (shops) side of the road, as well as a significant reduction in vehicle movements where this is limited to castle access only during its visiting hours.
This will improve the visitor experience to this area of town, helping to drive economic growth and spend, as well as provide additional safety benefits.
A protective gate will be installed behind the Queen Victoria statue to aid pedestrian safety, and bollards will also be installed at the end of St Alban’s Street with its junction with Castle Hill, with two-way vehicle access from the junction with Park Street. The protective gate would be opened outside of castle visitor hours, meaning businesses on Castle Hill would still be able to receive deliveries.
These improvements should make the area more enjoyable and accessible for both residents and visitors as the work includes elements such as new dropped kerbs and raised tables to improve accessibility for those with mobility difficulties.
The work will be delivered in four phases in order to minimise disruption, starting in March. A summer pause has been incorporated into the programme with, ideally, no works taking place during most of July and August and communication will take place with businesses throughout the works to keep them updated.
The phases are as follows:
Work on the northern (castle) side of Castle Hill is scheduled to start in mid-March and run until around May with the plan to retain, clean and repair if necessary the existing Yorkstone pavement and replace the road surface with a granite block finish. Access to Henry VIII gate and the advance gate will be retained
The second phase, on the southern (shops) side of Castle Hill, will commence on completion of phase one. This will see the introduction of a far wider pavement with new Yorkstone paving as well as new high velocity vehicle mitigation measures and a gate. Access to businesses will be maintained with work taking place outside of opening hours where necessary
Phase three, at the junction of Castle Hill and St Alban’s Street, is scheduled to start in September and complete in November, and consist of further granite laying, the introduction of bollards and a raised crossing point to the castle visitor entrance
The final phase will commence on completion of phase three and will see the completion of pedestrian walkways either side of the carriageway down St Alban’s Street.
A public consultation saw the majority of respondents supporting the proposed design to make Castle Hill a pedestrian-first location with vehicular access restricted.
Councillor Phil Haseler, Cabinet Member for Planning, Parking, Highways & Transport, said: “These proposals directly support our ambition of delivering the Windsor Public Realm project, outlined in our Corporate Plan, transforming Castle Hill into a pedestrian first zone, helping to improve safety and make the area more accessible for those on foot, as well as driving growth in our local economy. We know that this junction can be busy with pedestrians crossing, particularly during the peak summer tourist season, and that the pavements are narrow, and this scheme will result in a vast improvement.
“We want to improve the visitor experience in this area, thereby encouraging dwell time and increasing the number of people supporting our local businesses in the historic heart of our borough. I hope these changes lead to an increase in the amount of visitor spend within the town, benefiting businesses and the local economy.
“Given the importance of the summer tourist period to the Windsor economy, the programme includes a summer break and works will also pause during the Bank Holiday weekend marking the King’s Coronation so that any events and celebrations can go ahead without any potential disruption.”

Cabinet agreed last night (Thursday) to approve the delivery of the improvements and the decision is subject to the standard call-in period. The majority of funding for the project has come from the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, as well as developer contributions.

 on: January 27, 2023, 05:33:39 PM 
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The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is sharing key areas of progress and achievement in delivering over the first year of its Corporate Plan, the council’s five-year strategy setting out its vision, organisational priorities and goals.
Adopted by Full Council in November 2021 following extensive community consultation, the Corporate Plan 2021-26 has an overarching vision of creating a sustainable borough of opportunity and innovation, supported by three core objectives and several specific goals.
The plan helps to coordinate all planning, decision-making and delivery across the council around the priority areas where change needs to be driven the most, focussing on thriving communities, inspiring places, and a council trusted to deliver its promises.
Last night, Cabinet reviewed the year-one progress report. Cabinet also agreed changes to five goals to refresh and strengthen the Corporate Plan in light of the current economic picture and new insights from the recent Resident Survey, 2021 Census and other sources. This Cabinet decision is subject to the standard call-in period.
The changes include recognising the council’s focus on working with partners to help reduce the impact of cost of living rises, especially on vulnerable residents, a greater focus on prevention in social services to help manage demand and improve outcomes, and an increased emphasis on reducing inequalities.
They also include increased focus and ambition around economic growth, strengthening the council’s place leadership role and setting a clear vision for the future of Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot.
Key areas of progress in the first year include approval of the Borough Local Plan, Maidenhead’s ongoing regeneration, preparing to start public realm improvement in Windsor, community engagement to help shape a Vision for Windsor, the launch of the Climate Partnership, and the Here to Help cost of living support campaign.
The report also highlights several areas where targets have been exceeded, including the borough’s recycling rate, the number of leisure centre visitors, the proportion of schools rated by Ofsted as Good or Outstanding, and the percentage of young care leavers living in suitable accommodation and in education, training or employment.
The report also reflects on the Resident Survey, which indicated that residents' perceptions of the council are above the Local Government Association national benchmark for the key measures of trust, satisfaction and value for money.
Councillor Andrew Johnson, the council leader, said: “Our Corporate Plan provides the strategic direction to maximise for our communities the benefits of our borough’s significant opportunities, and to continue working well with partners to address our challenges, setting out the council’s priorities and specific goals for achieving change by 2026.
“This year one review is part of good governance, transparency and scrutiny, allowing us to monitor progress against our priorities and update our goals in some areas to keep the plan fresh and relevant, reflecting prevailing circumstances such as the rise in the cost of living that has affected everyone.
“While many of the goals were set to be achieved over the longer-term, I am pleased to see that the council has achieved or exceeded targets in a number of areas, with successes highlighted across each of the three core objectives.
“At the same time, we recognise there’s more to do as a borough, and the Corporate Plan continues to be an important tool to help focus our collective efforts and resources on the right things, something even more important than ever in the context of constrained budgets and rapid change.”

 on: January 27, 2023, 05:13:58 PM 
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The Royal Borough could have an extra £30million a year in its budget were it not for council tax cuts under previous administrations, according to a senior officer.

The shocking figure emerged at Thursday’s people overview and scrutiny panel, where councillors were debating the draft budget which is set to be approved next month.

The Conservative-run council, which has been blue since 2007, cut council tax around a decade ago when councils were allowed to raise tax by one per cent.

 on: January 27, 2023, 05:11:23 PM 
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The planned closure of part of Shoppenhangers Road has been pushed back until next week, a councillor has said.

According to Cllr Phil Haseler, cabinet member for planning, parking, highways and transport,Thames Water could not begin the works today as previously announced due to a lack of equipment.

Cllr Haseler said the works have now been scheduled for later next week.

Once works commence, the stretch of the road between Ludlow Road and the railway station car park is expected to be closed to traffic in both directions for three months in order to fix a collapsed sewer.

 on: January 27, 2023, 01:55:59 AM 
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The 34-year-old son of well known Rabbi Romain has tragically drowned in the sea while on his honeymoon in the Philippines.

Rabbi Romain told the Jewish Chronicle that his son Benedict Hayyim Anidjar Romain died on Sunday after the weather 'suddenly turned' and he was caught in a riptide.

The rabbi last saw his son two weeks ago, just before he left with his wife Stella, 30, for their honeymoon on the island country in Southeast Asia.

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