Lower speed limits, new cycle routes and wider footpaths could be seen in the Royal Borough if the council is successful in securing funding from the government’s Emergency Action Travel Grant.

Indicative allocations for the first stage of funding show that the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead could receive £140,000 from the Department of Transport with the potential for additional funding later this year.

The funding is being provided by the government to 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.

Councillor Gerry Clark, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, says: “We are seizing this opportunity and have been working at speed to identify potential schemes.  We still have further work to do before the £140,000 is allocated, but I expect that the we will start implementing the proposed schemes before the end of June.

“The measures we are considering will help towards re-opening the town centre as well as supporting our climate change strategy which goes to Full Council later this month.”

Schemes that could potentially be carried out in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead include:

  • Introducing 20mph zones in Maidenhead and Windsor town centres
  • Widening footpaths in some of our town centres
  • Introducing cycle parking in various locations across the borough

The Department of Transport have a total of £250 million with £225 million provided directly to local transport authorities and London boroughs, while £25 million will help support cycle repair schemes.

The £225 million allocated to local authorities will be released in two phases. The first tranche of £45 million will be released as soon as possible so that work can begin at pace on closing roads to through traffic, installing segregated cycle lanes and widening pavements.

The second tranche of £180m will be released later in the summer to enable authorities to install further, more permanent measures to cement cycling and walking habits.

Ascot residents urged to pledge their support online as revised application for new health centre is submitted to local council. 


Residents are being urged to pledge their support online for a new health centre to be built in Ascot, next to Ben Lynwood Village, halfway between Sunningdale and Sunninghill.

This follows the submission of a revised application to the Planning Department of The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on 23rd April 2020.

A large number of people have already voiced their support for the planning application to build the health centre; however residents are now being asked to show their support online in one of two ways:

Comments on the application can be made via the council’s website at http://publicaccess.rbwm.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=Q98HV1NIHGA00&activeTab=summary (click on the ‘comments’ button). Equally, email the council at planning.maidenhead@rbwm.gov.uk

In doing so, residents should quote planning application number 20/00969/FULL, together with their name and address. The deadline for all submissions is 25th May 2020.

More than a hundred residents attended a public event in October last year where the latest plans for the health centre were shared.

Local resident, 75-year-old Jackie Bailey from Ascot, said: “I fully support the need for a new health centre as it’s for the local community.”

She added: “It’s something I feel very strongly about and it would be an utter disgrace if we wouldn’t have it done.”

The proposed build forms a part of a wider Ascot Plan, which is to modernise primary and community care for local residents over the coming years and continue to improve on the health outcomes for local people.

Read more: Ascot & Sunnings Residents Urged to Pledge Online Support for Revised Health Centre Plans


The Countess of Wessex supports ‘Nourish our Nurses’ with visit to St Peter’s Hospital |  

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, spent the morning volunteering for NHS voluntary group ‘Nourish our Nurses’ and meeting nurses and midwives at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey on Tuesday 12th May to mark International Nurses Day. The day coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale on 12th May 1820.

‘Nourish our Nurses’ was founded by Jo-Ann Airikkala and comprises a small team of sixteen volunteers who have undertaken a supreme fundraising effort to raise over £45k; £29k via their GoFundMe page and a further £17k from Virgin Radio’s NHS Auction.

Read more: Nourish our Nurses | The Countess of Wessex Visits St.Peters

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Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council is working in tandem with local churches and organisations to provide a Covid 19 Support Hub.

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ joins fight against Coronavirus in ground-breaking new study

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ has joined the fight against Coronavirus by recruiting COVID-19 patients to participate in a ground-breaking new study of the disease performed by the partnership between the GenOMICC Study Consortium (led by the University of Edinburgh) and Genomics England.

The study will help us better understand the virus’ varied effects on people and support the search for treatments.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh’s GenOMICC project will work together with Genomics England and over 170 NHS hospitals. The study aims to sequence the genomes of 20,000 people who are severely ill with COVID-19.

This major new human whole genome sequencing study has been awarded £28 million of funding from Genomics England, UK Research and Innovation, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).  

The data collected by Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ and others will be compared to that from a further 15,000 COVID-19 patients who experienced only mild symptoms.

Read more: Ashford and St Peter’s in Ground-Breaking Corona Study

Virtual focus groups help to develop homelessness strategy |  Two virtual focus groups have been delivered to help the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead refresh its Homelessness Strategy.

The virtual sessions were held on Monday 18 May – one brought together over 50 individuals and organisations including local charities, Thames Valley Police, the Clinical Commissioning Group and others who help to provide services to the homeless and those in need of housing assistance, and the other was open to councillors.

The digital focus groups were introduced by Councillor Ross McWilliams, cabinet member for housing, communications and youth engagement and were supported by Tracy Hendren, head of housing and her service leads from the department.

Councillor Ross McWilliams, says: “It was great that even during the current coronavirus crisis, we were able to get a lot of people onto a digital platform so they could hear what the council has achieved since the original strategy was approved back in 2018.

Read more: Virtual Focus Groups Help to Develop Homelessness Strategy

Papplewick School, Windsor Road, Ascot.

Visit:  www.papplewick.org.uk   For further information, please contact the Registrar, Sarah Tysoe, on 01344-621488 or registrar@papplewick.org.uk

Papplewick boys currently living across thirteen different time zones, have been set various challenges since lockdown was announced back in March, in addition to being remotely taught a full timetable of live lessons for all year groups. An extreme reading challenge proved fun and boys posted photos of themselves reading whilst somersaulting on trampolines, riding pogo stick, high up in trees etc, The latest challenge however has given them their greatest challenge yet since lockdown.  The Race Around the World asked year groups to race each other 'around the earth' with the first team back at Papplewick winning the race not only to keep their fitness levels up but as an interactive challenge. How it works is that with a total of 40,075.00km to complete the race, each year group is given a 'value' of km to walk, run, cycle in their own areas - for instance in year 2 1KM would equal 120kms, whilst in year 81 kms would equal 35 kms. The race started off  'from Papplewick' on Monday 11th May and although it took some time for a few year groups to get going (year 8 boys being still in Bracknell whilst Year 5 had passed the border into Germany!) all teams have now gathered momentum with some huge bike rides and long runs being reported and parents supporting alongside (some on rollerblades !) At the end of last week teams were cruising across Asia, with Years Four and Five and the Staff team in Mongolia, while the others were gathered in central Russia, heading into the weekend. The race ends at the end of this week when the boys, parents and staff can soothe their aching muscles with half term ahead !

Read more: Papplewick Boys Race Around the World