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Household waste and recycling centre update

From Monday 22 June the Stafferton Way site will be open for cars and vans and a wider range of materials will be accepted.

Residents arriving with a van will need to have the correct permit, apply online here. Trailers are still not being accepted. The full range of materials including asbestos, plasterboard, rubble, white goods and all other materials normally accepted on site will be accepted from next week.

Residents can access the tip on set days, depending on which ward they live in.

Advantage Card parking

Thank you to everyone who supported our local businesses as they began to reopen this week.

Remember, you can park for free for three hours in any council managed car park s if you display your Advantage Card

Scheme to support walking and cycling in the borough

Funding from the government’s Emergency Action Travel Grant will help implement measures across the borough to support walking and cycling.

The funding, if approved by government, will enable the council to use pop-up and temporary interventions to create an environment that is safe for both walking and cycling within areas that may become congested and where social distancing requires changes to local infrastructure.

Signage to remind visitors of social distancing has already been rolled out in Ascot, Maidenhead and Windsor town centres and the funding will provide further assistance to make the borough a safer place for pedestrians and cyclists.

Read our press release here.  
M4 closures

The M4 smart motorway project has hit the halfway mark with the successful completion of work to extend the New Thames Bridge at Bray. The bridge is being widened on the north side by eight metres to accommodate the extra lanes required for the new smart motorway.

Continuing steady progress on the western section between junctions 8/9 to junction 12, with work expected to finish on this section by the latter part of 2020, before opening as a smart motorway during 2021. 

Forthcoming closures:
26-29 June 2020 - full weekend closure between junctions 4b and 5.
3-6 July 2020 - full weekend closure eastbound only between junctions 10 and 8/9.
10-13 July 2020 – full weekend closure westbound only between junctions 8/9 to 10.

See the Highways England information page here, where you can sign up for updates by email.
Armed Forces Day

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has a large forces population, with Windsor being the home of the Coldstream Guards and Welsh Guards.

Saturday 27 June 2020 will be the twelfth annual Armed Forces Day and the first to be marked virtually. The day is an opportunity for the whole nation to celebrate the Armed Forces community including service personnel, reservists, veterans, cadets and their families and friends. It gives us all a chance to recognise the work they do to protect the UK and its interests both at home and overseas.

The borough is proud to have achieved a silver award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) which recognises organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community.

As a silver award holder, we have pledged our support for members of the reserve forces and are committed to ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, are treated fairly. We also recognise that the training undertaken by these individuals enables them to develop skills and abilities that are of benefit to both the individual and the borough. 

See our armed forces support web page for more.
At home shouldn't mean at risk

If you are at risk or experiencing domestic abuse, you can still seek help and support.

Are you at immediate risk?

  • If you are in immediate danger call 999. If it is unsafe for you to speak, use the Silent Solution but pressing 55 when prompted.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can use the emergency SMS service by texting 999. First text ‘Register’ to 999.
  • If you hear an incident of domestic abuse in progress or are worried for someone’s immediate safety call 999. Otherwise, please share your concerns with Thames Valley Police on the non-emergency number 101 or report the crime online. It really could save lives.

Are you safe at home?

  • If you are at risk of harm at home, isolation rules do not apply. Police response and support services remain open.
  • Call the DASH Charity (Domestic Abuse Stops Here), supporting women, men and children on 01753 549865 (Mon - Fri 9am-5pm) or www.thedashcharity.org.uk

Are you worried about hurting someone?

  • There is no excuse for abuse. If you, or someone you know, is worried about their behaviour, there is advice available from the Respect Phoneline 0808 8024040 (Mon - Fri 9am-5pm) or respectphoneline.org.uk

Are you able to help protect others at risk from abuse?

  • People trapped at home with somebody causing them harm will find it even harder to get help and protect themselves.
  • Please look out for friends, family, neighbours and others in your community.
  • For more information about what domestic abuse might look like, how to stay safe, and what to do if you are worried about someone else, visit RBWM's domestic abuse help pages.
Summer reading challenge 2020

The Summer Reading Challenge has began. This year’s Challenge is taking place online so you can sign up from home.

The Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, providing lots of fun and enjoyment. It is free to join and features lots of games, quizzes and downloadable activities.

Borough Libraries will support the Challenge through their social media channels where you will be able to find lots of exciting content. What’s more, they have recruited a contingent of popular children’s authors to help promote the Challenge, including Martin Brown from ‘Horrible Histories’ They have lots of eBooks and audiobooks to choose from.

Search under  Libby  and  RBdigital  to borrow and help you reach your six book target. You can sign up now direct with the Summer Reading Challenge at  sillysquad.org.uk . The Challenge is running right through to September.

For more information about the Challenge and online library services, please email  maidenhead.library@rbwm.gov.uk  or watch their  fun promotional video .
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