Community Litter Pickers!

Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council are organising a litter picking campaign to help keep our parish looking its best.

We would welcome volunteers and community groups to get involved and take pride in where they live to enhance the appearance of our parish by helping to keep Sunninghill and Ascot free of litter.

The lovely summer weather has meant more people than ever out and about enjoying the open spaces around our parish, but this has also meant more litter.

The parish council has a number of litter picking ‘kits’ to enable safe litter picking and can arrange for collection and disposal of collected waste.

If you are interested in becoming one of our community litter pickers, please do contact the Clerk at enquiries@s-a-pc.com to volunteer.

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Library Consultation

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are seeking your views on proposals to maintain a sustainable and resilient library service, which will continue to meet the needs of Royal Borough residents and library users while delivering essential savings for the Council.   However, they are proposing a reduction of 123 hours per week to opening hours across a range of libraries.

You can read the consultation document here  library_opening_hours_consultation

Go to the RBWM website to have your say.

Closing date for the consultation is Monday 30 November 2020.

Deer on the Run!

Every year we have Deer that run along the road, this year is no exception. We have been informed by RBWM that there have been several incidents locally just in the last week during the day, especially along Larch Avenue.

We know that Deer are unpredictable about running into the road when they have strayed out of their natural environment and become frightened. Drivers are similarly spooked!

Please take extra care when driving by wooded areas that are shielded by the road.

Environment and Climate Strategy Public Consultation

Have your say on how we tackle climate change in our borough.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead want to hear your feedback on their draft Environment and Climate Strategy for the Royal Borough.

 

As part of our efforts to tackle climate change, we’ve committed to achieving a target of net-zero carbon emissions in the borough by 2050. The draft strategy sets out our plan to achieve this and it will drive the decisions and actions we take for the next five years, so we want to make sure it addresses the issues that are most important to you, our residents.

Tackling climate change involves everyone – it will take the combined efforts of business, industry, residents and community groups to make this a reality. So, we want to hear your views on the draft strategy and how you’d like to be involved in delivering it, so that together the Royal Borough can achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

View the draft Environment and Climate Strategy document.

View the event on our consultation portal: http://consult.rbwm.gov.uk/portal/cc/decs/decs.

Background

In June 2019, the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council declared an environment and climate emergency. The issues driving this decision were, and remain, some of the most challenging ever faced by humanity, with our climate changing on a scale and pace that threatens our way of life and that of future generations.

We are now more aware than ever of the threat that climate change poses, and we are confident that if we take urgent and real action, we can turn back this tide.

Our vision is to be a Borough where the community collectively works together to achieve a sustainable future, protecting and enhancing our natural environment and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Draft Environment and Climate Strategy

The draft strategy was created by a cross-party councillor working group, supported by officers and with input from key stakeholders in the community and various environmental groups, and was approved by the council for public consultation in June 2020.

The draft Environment and Climate strategy sets out the council’s vision and actions to achieve the borough’s net-zero-carbon-emissions target by 2050 and our five-year approach to working in partnership with local communities to tackle this challenge. It will drive the decisions, resources and actions we make across all our activities.

The Environment and Climate Strategy focuses on four key themes:

  • Circular economy: more sustainable resource use, increasing recycling rates and supporting less resource-intensive lifestyles
  • Energy: reducing consumption and decarbonising our supply of energy
  • Natural environment: support biodiversity, health and wellbeing
  • Transport: Reduce the need for carbon intensive travel by encouraging walking and cycling, as well as investing in digital infrastructure

Consultation

Tackling climate change involves everyone – it will take the combined efforts of business, industry, residents and community groups to deliver the action that is necessary to make this a reality.

We want to hear your views on the draft strategy, on our vision, the approach we’re proposing to take and the issues we’re focusing on. We also want to hear how you’d like to be involved in delivering the strategy, so that together the Royal Borough can achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

If we achieve what we set out to do, we can look forward to a borough that is a healthier, happier, more community-focused place to live, play and work, and is showing real leadership in tackling these major challenges.

The consultation is open from Wednesday 29 July until 6pm on Tuesday 29 September 2020.

View the draft Environment and Climate Strategy document.

If you are unable to access the online consultation portal, please email climate-change.consultation@rbwm.gov.uk and we will arrange for a hard copy to be made available. We would ask however that you only do this if necessary, to minimise our environmental impact.

How to give your feedback

  • Access our consultation portal at http://consult.rbwm.gov.uk/portal/cc/decs/decs and give your feedback
  • If viewing a hard copy of the strategy, a paper response form will also be made available. These need to be posted back to: Sustainability Team, The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1RF.

Comments must be received no later than 6pm on Tuesday 29 September 2020.

All comments received will be considered as part of the process for preparing the final strategy document. We will be publishing a summary of all comments received on our website in due course as part of the consultation process.

Please note that responses must be attributable to named individuals or organisations. View our Privacy Notice – Consultations and Call for Sites.

Yours faithfully,

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

Grants to local charities

Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council’s bi-annual grants to local charities will be awarded again soon. All charities who are located within the parish or who work with individuals or families who live within the parish are eligible to apply.

If you would like to be considered for a grant, please send in your applications to us by no later than the 28 August 2020.  All details of how to apply are on the attached form.

Please email your completed forms to enquiries@s-a-pc.com.

All applications received will be considered by the Council and grants will be awarded in the Autumn.

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Information from Network Rail

Please see below information received from Network Rail regarding the works they will be carrying out in order to manage the vegetation growing by the side of the railway between Feltham and Ascot:

 

Dear stakeholder,

I am writing to let you know the work will start in September 2020 and will be completed by 30 April 2021.  Most of the work will take place during daylight hours on weekdays, Monday to Friday.

Large trees growing near the railway can cause issues with the stability of embankments and cuttings, often leading to disruption to railway services operated by our partners at South Western Railway. Some trees, particularly Ash, are prone to fungal disease causing them to fail, posing a risk to our lineside neighbours, passengers and staff. The appropriate management of the lineside means we can also address other related safety concerns such as ensuring our drivers can see pedestrian crossing users, and enabling safer access for staff carrying out maintenance work.

We would normally hold a community drop-in event for this type of project to give local residents the opportunity to meet the project team and learn more about the planned vegetation management work. Given the current advice around Covid-19 however, we are unable to do so. In place of ‘traditional’ drop-in events, our teams will be hosting ‘virtual drop-ins,’ and details of these will be communicated to local residents via letter. As the stretch from Feltham to Ascot covers a considerable distance, we will be running these drop-ins on a more localised basis – residents will receive an invitation by post to the relevant drop-in for their personal residential address. If you would be interested in joining a drop-in session, please do let me know your local railway station and I will provide you with the relevant information for the most appropriate drop-in.

Although most of the work will be carried out during the week and in daytime hours, small amounts will be carried out during the night or at the weekend when trains are not running to allow us to get full access to the track.  Some of the work may also be noisy and so, where possible, we will do as much of the work using chainsaws and wood-chippers during the day. Some disturbance from the operation of our machinery will be unavoidable and I’m sorry in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. The Community Relations team will be issuing local lineside residents with an information notice ahead of weekend and night work, including details of the works and maps of the site in advance of the respective dates.

Delivering the highest standards of safety is paramount to our work and keeping people safe on and around the railway is at the heart of everything we do. As part of this commitment to safety, all staff who will be working on these sites are fully briefed on working responsibly in the local community and keeping noise levels to an absolute minimum level.

I would appreciate your support in sharing these works through your social and communication channels to your communities and members. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself by email or on the telephone number provided below. Lineside neighbours are also welcome to contact our 24-hour helpline which is available 7 days a week on 03457 11 41 41, quoting “information request – Feltham to Ascot vegetation management” should they require further information in advance of, or during the works.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Thanks,

Jonny Nesbitt
Stakeholder & Public affairs manager (Wessex)

Network Rail Southern region
James Forbes House, 27 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0NS
Mobile:07922 013634

networkrail.co.uk/southern

 

 

Parish Playground Closures Update

PARISH PLAYGROUNDS CLOSURES UPDATE

15 JULY 2020

After the revised government advice regarding the option for playgrounds and outdoor gym areas to be re-opened to the public from the 4 July, the Parish Council as owner and authority responsible for Victory Field, South Ascot Recreation Ground, Cheapside & Blythewood Playgrounds wish to let all residents and users know that the Playgrounds will remain closed past the 4 July.

Whilst we appreciate that you have all missed spending time in the playground, we must ensure that users of the play and gym equipment do so in a safe manner.

To that end, the council team are currently carrying out risk assessments based upon the government advice found in details on this link HERE

Please be patient with us, we will open the playgrounds as soon as we possibly can, ensuring that all users can enjoy it safely.

Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre 2020 – Cancellation

Following a conversation between the Leisure Committee and the organisers of the Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre, the Council has reluctantly taken the decision that due to the ongoing uncertain situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Street Fayre will not take place this year.

We are aware that this is an extremely popular event, but the Council has to consider the community safety of everyone who would be attending the event in any capacity.

The Sunninghill Victoria Street Fayre will be returning to Sunninghill High Street again in November 2021.