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 on: April 20, 2018, 01:28:29 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Thank you to everybody who took part in our Windsor Business online question and answer session last night. The event enabled business owners to find out how arrangements in the town will affect their business ahead of the Royal Wedding.

Over 200 people logged into the two-hour web chat, putting their questions directly to Inspector Louise Warbrick and our partners from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council. If you missed the session, you can read the full conversation by clicking on the ‘Windsor Business Cover it Live’ link in the Completed Events box here:

Local residents will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions in our second session, which is being hosted on Thursday 3 May between 7pm and 9pm. You can set a reminder to log in here: Simply click on the ‘Windsor Residents Cover it Live’ link in the Upcoming Events box and enter your email address.

We hope you can join us.

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Neil Hawkins (Police, Communications Officer, Forcewide)

 on: April 20, 2018, 01:24:35 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Having your dog microchipped can make a lot of difference when looking for and trying to identify a missing dog.
Since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped by 8 weeks of age.
Each microchip has a unique number that must be registered on a Government approved database along with information about your dog and you as its owner. If your dog is not registered on one of these databases you can be fined.
It is important that the information is kept up-to-date so that if your dog does go missing, you can be contacted at the correct phone number or address.
Reporting it to the police as soon as possible is also important, including making us aware of the microchip number so we can record this on our database. This will make it easier for us to identify any dogs that are found and check to see if they have been reported as missing or stolen.
It is also recommended to record the loss or theft of your dog online using sites dedicated to finding lost and stolen dogs. Often these sites work with police and other organisations, such as local Neighbourhood Watch Groups and Vetinary practices, to try and find them.
More information on microchipping your dog can be found on the Government website.
In 2016, the Dogs Trust recorded that 9,000 stray dogs were reunited with their owners due to having a microchip with up-to-date details.
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) also reported that in 2017, 11% of dog owners did not realise that it was a requirement by law to have their dog microchipped and a further 7% had not updated their details when they needed to.

 on: April 19, 2018, 03:21:33 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
Residents are set to continue to benefit from weekly bin collections as cabinet is recommended to approve the procurement process for a weekly waste and recycling service, ahead of the current contract coming to an end.

The Royal Borough’s waste management partner Veolia will continue to deliver weekly waste and recycling services in the borough until summer 2019 under an extended contract, if the proposals are agreed.

Cabinet will be asked on Thursday 26 April to begin the retendering process for a new weekly waste and recycling contract to start when the proposed extension comes to an end next summer.

The plans will see no significant changes to the weekly service residents currently receive. In addition, approval is needed to extend the Greenredeem contract, the council’s recycling rewards scheme.

The Royal Borough is among the 25 percent of councils in the country who still provide weekly bin collections.

Cllr Jesse Grey, cabinet member for environmental services (inc. parking and flooding), said: “We are committed to maintaining high quality, weekly bin collections for residents and this proposed contract extension will ensure residents continue to benefit from this weekly service.

“The proposed new contract and the interim extension with Veolia both seek to continue to deliver that excellent service to residents.

“The collection crews and staff at the Stafferton Way tip do an amazing job in making sure our bins are emptied and rubbish is disposed of in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way.

“Continuing with Greenredeem, also shows our commitment to our community and helping residents to recycle and reuse as much as they can.

“There are plans to change the way Greenredeem recycling points are collected but still maintaining the existing incentives for recycling.”

The current contract with Veolia has been in place for 14 years. An extension until next summer is being sought to give the current unstable recycling market time to settle down following recent changes in China’s restrictions on importing recycling.

By waiting and allowing the market to settle it is hoped the Royal Borough will be able to get a good price for the new contract next year.

The contract includes management of the transfer station and tip at Stafferton Way, marketing of recyclable materials, provision of new bins and managing recycling points around the borough.

 on: April 19, 2018, 11:13:28 AM 
Started by Mac - Last post by Old Cookhamite
This is very worrying for you but cats do have a habit of wandering, especially in the evenings when the weather gets warmer.

At 4am this morning I heard a cat miawing outside our home in The Pound - just quietly, two or three times. It struck me as unusual because our neighbours with cats tend to keep them in at night. We will keep a lookout, but would it perhaps be an idea to spread your flyers over a much wider area? Someone may be feeding her.

Do you have a photo that can be posted here?

 on: April 19, 2018, 09:31:15 AM 
Started by Mac - Last post by Mac
Sadly there is still no sign of our cat.

We have dropped flyers off with our neighbours and houses in the immediate area, but would be really grateful if everyone could take a look in their sheds, garages, out houses etc as she may have sought shelter there.

Thank you.

 on: April 17, 2018, 11:56:56 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
It seems there may be a cyber attack in the next 24 hours. If you are using WhatsApp ignore any Gold messages.

 on: April 17, 2018, 06:13:10 PM 
Started by David Cuin - Last post by Old Cookhamite

The application contradicts numerous aspects of the Cookham VDS. It is inappropriate and intrusive over-infilling of the garden of an attractive period property in the village Conservation Area.

As I understand it, the area long known as The Bury, which suggests Anglo-Saxon origins, was sold as individual building plots in 1891, becoming known as Berries Road. The houses were built in the attractive style of that period soon afterwards. With its high quality of architecture, Berries Road is historically important to Cookham and as such should retain its original layout and spacing between properties that is fitting to the style.

The site is archaeologically significant in that it may also once have been on an extension of the church burial ground. It is recorded that two skeletons were unearthed on a closely adjacent site when the vicarage orchard was developed in 1971, becoming Vicarage Close.

 on: April 17, 2018, 11:42:52 AM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
Residents, businesses and visitors are being given a month to plan ahead as the Royal Borough announces planned road closures ahead of the royal wedding.

Windsor town centre is expected to be extremely busy on the day as the town welcomes visitors and well-wishers from across the world to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle.

To accommodate the large number of expected visitors there will be a series of road closures on Friday 18 May and Saturday 19 May.

The roads will remain closed until Saturday evening and a final decision will be made as to what time the roads can reopen on the day. Residents living inside the road closure area will be permitted to leave during the closures but only emergency services vehicles will be allowed to enter.

There will be one set of road closures from 10pm on Friday 18 May along the procession route:

Castle Hill
High Street
Sheet Street
Kings Road
Park Street
St Albans Street
Market Street
Queen Charlotte Street
Thames Street
River Street
Brook Street
Windsor Greys Roundabout A308 (Peanut roundabout)
Albert Road A308

There will be a number of additional closures from 6am on Saturday 19 May:

Maidenhead Road
Clarence Road
Alma Road
St Leonards Road
Frances Road
Barry Avenue
Datchet Road
To see a map of the planned closures and diversion routes see:

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor, said: “We look forward to welcoming the world to Windsor on 19 May as we celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

“Our preparations are well underway to make this a joyful occasion for all involved and as part of this we are working closely with Thames Valley Police to manage access to the town centre appropriately.

“To ensure everyone’s safety on the day of the royal wedding we will be closing the roads into Windsor town centre to allow the safe movement of visitors and residents on what we expect to be an extremely busy day in town.

“Rail operators will be putting on extra trains and there will be pre-booked park and walk and park and float sites outside the road closures with thousands of spaces available for visitors.

“We want to give residents and businesses advance warning so they can start to plan ahead and will be writing to those who live and work around the procession route with further details.

“However visitors are planning to join us in Windsor for the royal wedding, be it driving to pre-booked parking or by public transport, we encourage them to plan their routes early and check whether there are any changes to route or service they plan to use on the day.”

Thames Valley Police and the Royal Borough will be offering residents and businesses a chance to ask questions about preparations for the wedding and how they may affect them.

The first of two online question and answer sessions is for businesses and will take place at 7pm on Thursday 19 April.

A second session will take place on Thursday 3 May when residents will have a chance to find out more.

These sessions are held in the style of online web chats meaning you can log in from the comfort of your own home. All questions can be submitted anonymously. If you want to take part, you simply need to click on the link at 7pm:

The council has 6,000 pre-book car parking spaces available at the Review Ground off the Long Walk and access to this car park will be unaffected by the road closures.

To reserve a space please visit:


 on: April 16, 2018, 10:38:47 PM 
Started by David Cuin - Last post by Watchman
18/00554FULL - Chestnuts garden

Reading through the Planning application documents for this proposed "in-fill" development,
I note that there is not one single letter in favour of this proposal whilst the objections flow in like the tide!

Some of the "gems" that have been taken from the proposer's Statement/Planning application are marked with an asterisk thus * :

The garden upon which the 7 bedroom house is proposed to be built on has been described as * "derelict land" !!
It is a garden for heavens sake, and has been a garden since the late 19th century!

* "Berries Road should not form part of the Conservation area"
It is designated as in a Conservation area - the proposers wish to have this distinction removed !
Why  I wonder?! To facilitate their intention to build, of course!

* "Berries Road is a modern development and offers limited contribution to the main historic core of the Conservation"
A walk down Berries Road will indicate the various ages of architecture (Chestnuts ITSELF was built c. 1897!), building materials and character.
Enough said!

A catalogue of misleading statements and assumptions, the "documents" (for want of a better word) make for light and fictitious reading!
Tuesday, tomorrow, is the last day on which objections to RBWM are registered.
If you feel, as the majority do, that this proposal is wrong, then do please write/email your objection to The Planning Officer at RBWM.

 on: April 16, 2018, 02:46:32 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
15/4  Sunday 1.25 a.m.  Pub, Bath Road.  Burglary.  Door forced - cash stolen.
14/4 - 15/4  Saturday 8.30 p.m. / Sunday 8.30 a.m.  St. Marks Road.  Shed break.  Unlocked shed entered and bike stolen.  A dark blue Carrera bike and a drill stolen.
13/4  Friday 9.40 p.m.  Sutton Road, Cookham.  Burglary.  Four men disturbed breaking into a barn.  Chain saw and Stihl hand tools stolen.
13/4  Friday 4.30 p.m. / 7.45 p.m.  Golf Club Car Park, Grange Lane, Cookham.  Car window smashed - LAPTOP stolen.
14/4  Saturday midnight / 3.20 p.m.  Wavell Road.  Concrete roller stolen from front garden.
14/4  Saturday  11.30 p.m.  Trading Estate, Boyn Valley Road.  Business broken into.  Access to offices on the first floor - a window may have been left open.  Laptops piled up to go, but left behind.  The police attended immediately when the alarm sounded and it is believed disturbed the offenders.
13/4 - 14/4  Friday 7.30 p.m. / Saturday midnight.  Quarry Wood Road.  Car rear windscreen smashed.  Golf clubs and golf clothing stolen.
13/4  Friday midnight / 4 p.m.  Larchfield Road.  Prunings and cutting left in a garden set on fire.
1/1 - 15/4  Ascot Road, Holyport.  Shed break.  Unlocked shed entered and tools stolen.
13/4 - 14/4  Friday 6 p.m. / Saturday 0.15 a.m.  Bray Close, Bray.  Car rear windscreen smashed - criminal damage.
13/4  Saturday 7.40 p.m. / 9.45 p.m.  Vicarage Drive, Bray.  Car rear windscreen smashed - Rucksack stolen.

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