COVID19 : resident and business update

We will continue to keep residents and businesses updated about our community response hub, waste collections and much more via our website and social media.

More information

1. COVID19 : Information for residents

We will be updating this page with guidance and updates for residents on the COVID19 response:

Also see our community response page for information on community groups, volunteering and much more.

Community hub


Monday 6 April 

Community response

The community hub will help community groups and individuals who want to volunteer to co-ordinate their efforts and ensure that our most vulnerable residents get the help and support they need during the COVID19 outbreak.

Bus passes

As Libraries are currently closed due to COVID19, we are unable to issue new bus passes but can process online renewal requests.

Green waste collections

We are pleased to announce that green waste collections have resumed today. Collections will be made from today for those on week one and week two will be collected next week. We will add any missed collections to your subscription so you won't miss out. 

Friday 3 April 

Waste and recycling collections 

From Monday 6 April we will be moving to fortnightly waste & recycling collections following staff reductions due to the COVID19 outbreak.

This means from Monday 6 April 2020 general waste (black bin) will be collected one week and recycling (blue bin) will be collected the following week but food waste collections will continue to be collected weekly. Your collection date will remain the same.

Those in properties where the bins are communal will continue to have all their waste and recycling collected weekly.

For more details of collection days, please visit our changes to waste and recycling during covid19 page.

During this time you may order a food waste bin (please note that numbers of bins are limited), request a repair to a broken bin or order a larger bin (if you have a household of 6 or more, or 5 or more including a child in nappies or family member with a medical need) but some other forms may be temporarily unavailable so please bear with us.

Registrars - Wedding ceremonies

Following Government instructions, all ceremonies have been cancelled for the time being. You will be able to postpone your wedding booking with us for up to one year from the date of the original ceremony, however at present we cannot respond to any enquiries in relation to ceremonies.

Thursday 2 April

Achieving for Children (AfC) - Keyworker childcare

If you wish the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to try and locate a school place, please complete our Key Worker Childcare Application Form on the AfC website. We will then contact you as soon as possible to discuss further.

Mayoral request for donations

Appeal for Donations : Non-Surgical Scrubs for NHS Staff. 

Wednesday 1 April 

Children's services

Acheiving for Children have a dedicated page with useful information about safeguarding, education, social care, wellbeing and much more. 

Tuesday 31 March

Waste and recycling collections moving to fortnightly from Monday 6 April

Waste and recycling collections moving to fortnightly during COVID19

From Monday 6 April we will be moving to fortnightly waste & recycling collections following staff reductions due to the COVID19 outbreak.

This means from Monday 6 April 2020 general waste (black bin) will be collected one week and recycling (blue bin) will be collected the following week but food waste collections will continue to be collected weekly. Your collection date will remain the same.

Those in properties where the bins are communal will continue to have all their waste and recycling collected weekly.

We will share more details on this, including which bin will be collected when in the coming days so please bear with us.

Libraries

Following government advice on COVID19, all our libraries are closed until further notice. While library buildings are closed:

  • No fines will be charged during the closure period
  • All reservations on physical items have been suspended
  • You can contact the library via email
  • You can continue to renew books online

For more information see the library newsletter.

Monday 30 March

Registrars - weddings

As you may be aware all Ceremonies have now been cancelled.  We are very sorry but at the moment we cannot respond to any enquiries in relation to your ceremony. We understand that this is very disappointing and worrying for you but we are required to focus all our efforts on the preparations for and the Registration of Covid 19 deaths. We ask for your patience and understanding at this time.  

Friday 27 March

Libraries

Books can no longer be returned using the drop-off boxes. We will waive any fines accrued during this time. You can still continue to renew books online. If you need any further advice, please contact the libraries team via email: [email protected].gov.uk.

Bus and rail services

We have been advised that most operators will be running a more reduced service from Monday 30 March, so please check with the transport operator for updated service information before travelling.

 

Missed recycling collections - Thursday 26 March

Recycling collections were not completed on the roads below today due to high volumes of materials being out for collection. These will be collected first thing tomorrow morning so please leave your bin out. We apologise for the inconvenience.

  • Albert Road, Old Windsor
  • Burfield Road, Old Windsor
  • Cornwell Road, Old Windsor
  • Clayhall Lane, Old Windsor
  • Hartley Copse, Old Windsor
  • Newton Court, Old Windsor

Stafferton Way civic amenity site - CLOSED until further notice

The Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) and Civic Amenity Site on Stafferton Way are now closed until further notice due to government advice to stay at home except for specific stated reasons to leave the house. Please keep any material you would normally bring to the sites stored safely at home until the sites are able to open again.

Council tax hardship fund - 8am, Thursday 26 March

We are aware of the announcement made by Central Government of a Council Tax Hardship Fund and are working with our software supplier to ensure that each Council Tax Reduction customer receives the support available. This is a maximum of £150 one-off payment for the year 2020/21, or less, where the outstanding Council Tax liability is less.

You will not need to apply for this, it will be automatically posted through your Council Tax account as soon as we are able to do so.

It will generate an adjusted Council Tax bill, you will then owe less, so you will know when this has happened.

If you have any queries regarding this please contact [email protected].  Please also see the government guidance.

 

Tips to reduce garden waste following the suspension of green waste collections - Updated 2pm Wednesday 25 March

Please help us to reduce the amount of garden waste produced or manage your garden waste at home during this exceptional time. 

Here are some ideas of ways to reduce your garden waste:

  • Grasscycling:  Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing.  Grass clippings contain moisture, valuable nutrients, and decompose quickly. Grasscycling saves time and money and helps the environment. Mowing time is reduced since bagging and disposal of clippings is eliminated. Grass clippings add valuable nutrients and organic matter to the soil and produce healthy, green lawns.
  • Build a compost heap or buy a compost bin and compost your garden waste. More information can be found at www.getcomposting.com
  • Reduce the frequency you cut the lawn and let the grass grow longer.

 

RBWM Community Hub Activation - Updated 1.30pm Tuesday 24 March

The RBWM community hub has now been activated following the announcement from central government on Sunday 22nd March.

The RBWM community hub will help community groups and individuals who want to volunteer to co-ordinate their efforts and ensure that our most vulnerable residents get the help and support they need during the COVID19 outbreak.

As we activate the hub we are asking residents the following:

1. Become a COVID–19 Good Neighbour. Just get involved in your local neighbourhood. Share the message and encourage others to do the same. Click on the link to see how easy it is: www3.rbwm.gov.uk/goodneighbour

2. If you are an individual looking to volunteer please complete this form and register via this link wamgetsrecycling.co.uk/covid-19-volunteering/ and the RBWM community hub will be in contact with you.

3. If you, or someone you know, is in need of help please complete this form wamgetsrecycling.co.uk/covid-19-volunteering/

4. If you are an organisation already working in your community and offering services – please let us know where you are and what you are doing so we can reach the most vulnerable. Please email: [email protected]

We will be updating you regularly about the hub here, or if you have any other questions, please email [email protected] or call 0203 5148117. 

Update on parking arrangements in the Royal Borough - 10am Tuesday 24 March 

As part of our COVID19 response residents will now be able to park in a number car parks without needing to show a parking permit and for free until further notice.

Bailiff debt recovery, court proceedings and final demands - Updated 5pm Tuesday 23 March 

As part of our #COVID19 response we will be suspending any bailiff debt recovery, as well as suspending any new court proceedings, and the issuing of final demands for debt until further notice

Children's play equipment closures - Updated 12:30 Monday 23 March

To help reduce the risk and spread of COVID19 we will be closing all Royal Borough owned children’s play areas and play equipment with immediate effect until further notice. Signage to this effect will be going up in the areas shortly. 

Our parks and open spaces will remain open to use but please adhere to social distancing guidance which includes keeping at least two meters apart.

We are working with our Parish Council colleagues to see if this is appropriate in areas where children's playgrounds are run by them. 

Tivoli who keep our parks and children’s play areas safe and clean will continue to visit the play areas as part of their normal inspection regime.

 

Jobcentres - updated 10am, Monday 23 March

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have announced that they are now prioritising their activity around new claims and payments and are working hard to get clear guidelines out regarding the changes.

Moving forward it is likely that some of thier Partnership Team will be supporting front line services within Jobcentres and when this happens there will be a system in place to respond to urgent customer issues, which they will communicate.

For information regarding universal credit, the website below is regularly updated:

https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/

For information on coronavirus support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses, visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

DWP also have an email newsletter, Touchbase, which is a useful way to stay informed.

School closures - updated 8am, Friday 20 March

Updated guidance is now available from the government on schools closures including guidance on key worker status . Schools are planning rapidly what will happen on Monday and they have been in contact with parents and guardians directly. Please bear with as them work through the updated guidance. We working closely with schools on this.  

Rough Sleepers - updated 7am, Friday 20 March

The outreach team and community wardens are working extended hours to ensure we reach any rough sleepers who are not yet engaged in our Rough Sleeper Pathway. If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough in the borough, please make a referral through streetlink

Alternatively, if you see anyone rough sleeping you can make direct contact with the team on the duty number 01628 683803 or email [email protected] – we will make every effort to make contact with all rough sleepers and bring them in from the streets via the pathway or reconnection. 

The Windsor Homeless Project will continue to open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 2pm at Holy Trinity Church, Windsor and from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Saturdays at St Stephens Church, Windsor, to offer a hot meal and support to those experiencing homelessness in the borough.  

Maidenhead Food share have generously donated a number of emergency food bags for our rough sleepers to be distributed by the outreach team and community wardens, while working with them to bring them in from the streets. 

John West House 

We continue to work in partnership with Browns Community Services to continue the wrap around support offered to those already in the pathway to ensure they can remain in the accommodation during daytime hours.  

Household in temporary accommodation - updated 7am, Friday 20 March

All households in temporary accommodation are being contacted via their customer portal and/or text message to re-assure them we are here and available if they need any support. 

Homeless or Threatened with Homelessness - updated 7am, Friday 20 March

Anyone who is homeless or threatened with homelessness should contact the duty number 01628 683803, we are undertaking all interviews/meetings over the telephone to ensure the appropriate support/advice/ accommodation can be provided if needed.  

General housing advice – including housing register and allocations  - updated 7am, Friday 20 March

Anyone requiring general housing advice please email [email protected].

Food Bank - updated 7am, Friday 20 March

If anyone is facing financial hardship and need to access either food bank they can call the duty phone number on 01628 683803. A request for a food voucher must be requested before attending either foodbank. Requests will be assessed over the phone. Both food banks will try wherever possible to arrange delivery of food parcels i.e. if the customer is self-isolating.

The location and opening times for both food banks are below:
 
Maidenhead Foodshare  

The New Market, King Street, Maidenhead SL6 1DR. 

  • Wednesday evenings   6pm- 7pm 
  • Saturday mornings       9.30am - 11am 

Alternative collection points are available from: 

  • St Peters Church centre, Furze Platt : Wednesdays  10.30am - Midday 
  • Cox Green Community Centre : Wednesday  6.30pm - 7.15pm 
  • Jubilee Church, Marlow Road : Friday  11.30am -  1pm 
  • Elisabeth House, Cookham : Thursdays/Fridays, 10am - Midday  

Windsor Food share – Dedworth Green Baptist Church, Smiths Lane SL4 5PE 

  • Open Thursdays only 1.30pm-2.30pm. 

‘People to places’ updated 7am, Friday 20 March

Continuing to go above and beyond to support residents. In addition to their usual services they can assist in collecting grocery orders and deliver food parcels for those who cannot attend the foodbanks themselves.  They are also offering a pharmacy prescription collection and delivery service to our most vulnerable residents.  

A friendly “time to talk” phone support service is also available for anyone feeling overwhelmed or isolated in the borough. If you know someone who requires assistance with any of the above, please call People to Places on 01628 587921. 

Friday 20 March

Environmental Health - requests for assistance  - updated 7am, Friday 20 March

All referrals for assistance and support from Environmental Health which includes food and health and safety, and, private sector housing referrals will be acknowledged and triaged, a dynamic risk assessment and review for every case received will be undertaken.  Visits, inspections and surveys will  be undertaken based on the severity of the report and situation, the risk posed and the impact to public health.   

Customers can continue to access our services through the usual reporting channels by contacting the Customer Contact Centre on 01628 683820.

Coronavirus information in different languages - updated 6.30am, Friday 20 March

Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in a number of languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice.

Council meetings cancelled

Following the extraordinary council meeting held earlier today all scheduled public council meetings are now cancelled until further notice. The cancellations include the Maidenhead development management panel due to take place this evening (18 March 2020) and Windsor Town Forum tomorrow (19 March 2020).

To ensure that planning and licencing decisions can continue to be made in these unprecedented times, powers have been delegated to the Managing Director who will work with the chief technical officers in these areas to make these decisions.If needed any public meetings of the council can be called to ensure business can continue to be conducted in a timely manner.

This decision will be reviewed should the government advice change or no later than the end of June, whichever comes sooner.

Community action

Community action is a really good thing.  If you can, please help others in your community - check on any vulnerable family, friends and neighbours to see if they need anything from the shops, a prescription collected or help with other small jobs. Sometimes just a small favour can make a big difference.  

As a starting point, please see a simple guide to helping neighbours or others in the community.

You can also join your local neighbourhood watch scheme:  https://www.ourwatch.org.uk.

There are local groups being set up across the borough by individuals, generally being coordinated through Facebook.  Your local councillors will have information about what is going on in their wards.

Ultimately:

  • Do : keep safe, respect others, listen, act responsibly and follow government updates.
  • Don't : hand over pin numbers and cards to people so they can collect items or share people's names and addresses.

When exchanging money for goods received, hand washing after receiving/handling cash is recommended. 

Maidenhead Town Hall

From Wednesday 18 March 2020, we will be closing our offices to the public until further notice, unless you have a planned appointment booked. 

This is to protect you and our staff as well as ensuring our ability to continue to provide vital services.

If you have a planned appointment with us please attend as normal unless you hear from us. 

Don’t forget you can report, pay or apply for many services online.

If you need to contact us by phone call our customer services team on 01628 683800. If you do call please bear with us as the lines may be busy.

Museums, libraries, children’s centres and youth centres

Royal Borough children’s centres and youth centres are now closed until further notice.

All our libraries and museums will also close from 18 March 2020 until further notice.

We are suspending all reservation options due to the current closure of all libraries. This service will resume as soon as it is appropriate.

We will also waive any library fines accrued during this time.

You can still contact the libraries team by telephone on 01628 796969.