Statement from the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead on the Heathrow appeal outcome 27/02/20

Cllr Johnson, leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead said: “We are pleased with the outcome handed down today which will force the Government to do the right thing and review the Airport National Policy Statement (ANPS), ensuring that any proposed airport expansion does not contravene the Paris Agreement and further impact the environment.”

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Chartered town planner and local Ascot resident Christian Leigh has recently published two books on town planning, aimed at providing advice for the general public. Christian has worked for 25 years as a planning consultant advising householders, local businesses, multinational companies across England, as well as work for local and national Government. He is also a visiting lecturer in planning law at the University of Reading.

The two books are user-friendly guides, written in a non-technical style, and cover two topics which can commonly affect people: objecting to a planning application or appeal, or lodging your own planning appeal. They provide a step-by-step guide to getting involved in the planning system.

They are now published and available to buy on Amazon, with a link to the books and more information at his website:

The books have been well-received by the development profession, with sales already taking the books into the Amazon bestsellers for legal guides for the layperson. Both books are now in the top 10 bestseller lists, including in the wide category of consumer guides !

Christian can also be followed on twitter @townplanningkn1 and to find out more about his private practice visit



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The new NHS hospital at Heatherwood will provide six top-of-the-range operating theatres, a range of outpatient services and up-to-date diagnostics in a superb new building set into woodland.

Frimley Health’s ambitious plan has seen a new building at the back of the current hospital site take shape while existing services stay fully operational.

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust  celebrated the completion of the main structure of a new hospital building on the Heatherwood site, Ascot,  that will provide state-of-the-art NHS services to patients in Berkshire and beyond.  A ‘topping out’ ceremony took place in the new £98m Heatherwood Hospital that is being built by Kier for the Trust.  The celebration, attended by builders, contractors and healthcare partners, marked a major milestone in the project with the main structure completed barely a year since work began.

Read more: New Heatherwood Hospital On Track for 2021

Pictured Above: Casual Dining Awards: L to R :Nick Procter (CEO Amber Energy) ,  Peter Borg-Neal (CEO Oakman Inns) Host - Tom Allen

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Oakman Inns rated top multi-site pub company in Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For and wins Casual Dining Awards’ Sustainable Pub Operator of the Year

The year has started well for pub group, Oakman Inns, which owns and operates the Royal Foresters in Ascot, and which picked up two awards on Thursday night (20th February). Ranked for a fifth year in the top 30 of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For List 2020, the company is this year’s highest rated multi-site pub company with the top accolade of three stars.

Oakman Inns which employs over 1,000 people who work across its 24 establishments in Southern England and the West Midlands, is a progressive, people-oriented company that truly believes in team engagement and has a strong desire to allow each team member to be the best they can be. At the heart of their development programme is 'Oakmanology', an award-winning learning and skills hub which was designed in-house by Oakman’s HR team, and which takes employees through both craft and leadership development, using a mix of online micro-learning opportunities including fact sheets, quizzes, eLearning, face to face training, videos and assessments. In the Best Companies survey, staff regard their training as being of great personal benefit, scoring 80%, team members see plenty of opportunities to learn and grow (75%) and they say the operation does its bit for the environment (77%).

The awards continued to flow at annual The Casual Dining Awards, where Oakman won the annual Sustainable Operator Award for their non-stop effort to become environmentally better in everything they do. The company was also Highly Recommended in The Best Pub or Bar Brand of the Year, a recognition of the results of an effective, well-trained, and highly motivated team and a desire to be the best can have on a business.

Read more: Royal Foresters Owner Wins Multiple Awards


Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s Children’s Services rated GOOD by Ofsted

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s Children’s Services have been rated ‘GOOD’ following an inspection by Ofsted in January 2020. 

Inspectors commented on the significant improvements that Achieving for Children (AfC), the council’s children's service provider, has made since the last inspection in 2015.

The two week inspection took place between 13 and 24 January 2020 during which inspectors visited many services across the directorate.

Under the new framework, services are assessed against four key areas: AfC was judged good for their overall effectiveness, good for impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families and good for the experiences and progress of children who need help and protection. A requires improvement to be good rating was given for the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers.

Some of the highlights of Ofsted’s report published on 24 February were:

  • Children in the Royal Borough have a strong voice.
  • The children in care council, Kickback, is proactive and well run.
  • There are strong interventions available where domestic abuse is a concern.
  • Social workers know their children well and talk knowledgeably about their experiences. Skilled and thoughtful direct work is conducted at the right pace for children; social workers use a variety of tools to help them understand children's experiences and views.
  • Early help services in the Royal Borough are a real strength. An impressive breadth of targeted interventions and services rapidly address the difficulties, needs and challenging circumstances of children and their families. 
  • The large majority of children in care live in safe, secure and stables homes that meet their needs. 
  • Children in care are attending school more regularly and are achieving more than they were before.
  • There has been an increase in the number of care leavers engaged in good employment and education opportunities. They are well supported to attend university and college if they wish.
  • Leaders and managers are committed to improving outcomes for children by listening to what they, and their families have to say.
Read more: Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s Children’s Services Rated GOOD by Ofsted


Pictured Above . The Villagers and the Quiz Master] (L to R) Mark Lomax, Duncan Everett, Simon McSharry, Brian Rogers, Micky King (Quiz Master), Richard Hall, Stuart Townsend, James Gosling, Swen Wellheofer.

1st Sunningdale Scouts’ Quiz Night | A night of cerebral challenge, gastronomic delight, and prizes galore – all whilst raising funds for the 1st Sunningdale Scout Hut refresh.

On Friday 24th January, the crowds gathered Holy Trinity Church, Sunningdale for the inaugural 1st Sunningdale Scouts quiz night. The quiz received a record level of interest, exceeding all expectations, with over 160 attendees across 20 teams. The original venue was moved to Sunningdale Holy Trinity Church and it was a fantastic venue creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The evening started with a supper of homemade chilli, guacamole and tortillas, with a fund-raising bar keeping the participants refreshed. A fantastic raffle, with some very generous prizes from local companies, also proved popular. Special thanks to those who donated prizes, including Bird, Coco Nail Spa Sunningdale, Costa, Dominos, Elaine of Sunningdale, Healthy Freedom, John Jenkins, Lewis Meat of Sunningdale, Majestic Wines, Match Point Tennis Coaching, My Cloud Coffee, Nag’s Head, Reboot, Shorts Tool Hire, Sunningdale Heath Golf Club, The Barber’s Shop Sunningdale, and Toppers Fish & Chips.

Read more: 1st Sunningdale Scouts' Quiz Night Raises Huge Sum for Hut Refresh