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Free NHS health checks

If you are aged between 40 and 74, an NHS Health Check is available free of charge from your local GP.

The 20-minute appointment can help lower your risk of developing type-2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Through simple lifestyle changes, such as diet and physical activity, you can lower your risk of developing serious health problems.

Call your GP surgery to book a health check today and enjoy a healthier life for longer.

Council Tax support scheme consultation

RBWM are running a consultation about the Council Tax support scheme.

If you are on a low income and are of working age, you currently pay a percentage of your Council Tax bill.

The Council is considering changing the current level of assistance for 2020/21, for working-age people, from a maximum level of 91.5% to 80% of Council Tax liability, after any other discounts or exemptions.

The change will only affect those who are of working age who are on a low income. If you are a pensioner, you are not affected.

The consultation can be viewed online here. It closes on Friday 7 February.

Take part in our children’s and youth centre consultation 

RBWM want to hear your views on our plans to transform early help services into integrated, one-stop family hubs.

The proposals could see local resources refocussed to support our most vulnerable children, young people and families, helping to reduce the need for statutory intervention.

If approved, the plans will see services being run by children’s centres, youth centres, parenting service, health visitors, school nurses and the family resilience service bought together into one stop “family hubs” so that residents accessing this support can get all the help they need in one place. The hubs will provide services to children aged between 0-19 and up to 25 years for young people with a learning difficulty or disability.

The proposed model focusses on using high footfall centres more intensively and responsive outreach work to replace the reliance on a static and inflexible timetable led programme, allowing our resources to keep pace with the needs of our most vulnerable residents.

The consultation is available online or you can attend a variety of consultation sessions in children centres – click here for more information.

Highways Works

Parishes – Sunninghill and Ascot – Sunningdale

London Road (Ascot and Sunninghill) – carriageway works – Thursday 23 January 2020 – two way lights 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Winkfield Road (Ascot and Sunninghill) – carriageway works – Thursday 23 January 2020 – two way lights 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Mill Lane (Ascot and Sunninghill) – carriageway works – Friday 24 January 2020 – two way lights 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Cheapside Road (Sunningdale and Cheapside) – carriageway works – Friday 24 January 2020 – two way lights 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Broomhall Lane (Sunningdale and Cheapside) – carriageway works – Friday 24 January 2020 – two way lights 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Charters Road (Sunningdale and Cheapside) – carriageway works – Friday 24 January 2020 – two way lights 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Priory Road (Sunningdale and Cheapside) – carriageway works – Friday 24 January 2020.

New recycling scheme & changes to the Greenredeem scheme

A message from Greenredeem
The Royal Borough will be launching a new recycling scheme, WAM Gets Recycling, as the Greenredeem scheme which rewards residents for recycling more and wasting less comes to an end on 31 January. 

The first recycling incentive scheme of its kind, has been rewarding residents across the borough for recycling for the last ten years.

The Greenredeem scheme will continue with a new partner, and members should expect an announcement at Easter. All points earned by members in the scheme so far will be protected as per the Greenredeem membership agreement. 

WAM Gets Recycling is part of the contract with the Royal Borough’s new waste collection contractor, Serco. The new scheme will work with volunteers to improve recycling in their local community.

There will also be a community incentive grants pot, funded by Serco and the council, so local good causes will continue to benefit financially through recycling.

Cllr Donna Stimson, lead member for environmental services, climate change, sustainability, parks and countryside, said: “Working with Greenredeem over the last decade has seen our recycling rate steadily increase as Royal Borough residents understand the value of recycling. 

“Our new waste contract with Serco allows for an alternative scheme as we look to increase our recycling rates further. Plans are well underway as the WAM scheme will go live in February.  

“We are delighted to be working with WAM and Serco to encourage volunteers from local groups and charities to become more involved with recycling and their local community. 

Rob Crumbie, Greenredeem Marketing director, said: “The Greenredeem scheme saw members recycle twice as much and twice as often as non-members, driving an increase in recycling rates from 34% in 2009/10 to 45% in 2017/18. 

“Through the partnership, 170 schools and community groups have shared funding of over £150k, generated by the points earned from recycling in the Royal Borough. 

Further information on how Greenredeem residents can use their points can be found at www.greenredeem.co.uk.

Local groups and charities can find out more about how to get involved in the new WAM partnership by signing up to receive regular updates on the council website: https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200175/recycling_and_rubbish/1492/wam_gets_recycling.

Coworth Park Copse – Granny Kettle Wood – Tree Felling

Concerns have been raised with the Parish Council through the office regarding work that has taken place in Coworth Park Copse – formerly know as Granny Kettle Wood on Whitmore Lane.

This is designated as an Ancient Woodland and any work carried out there must have planning permission from the Planning Authority at RBWM.

The tree team is aware of the felling that has taken place and an officer will be attending the site today to ascertain the extent of work and whether or not this any action needs to be taken to prevent further damage.

Until the officer reports back, we cannot comment further apart from to thank all the residents who have reported this to the Parish Council and also to RBWM over the last few hours and we will provide an update once we receive it.