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Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

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Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Shown within Berkshire
Shown within Berkshire
Coordinates: 51°28′00″N 0°40′00″W / 51.4667°N 0.6667°W / 51.4667; -0.6667
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Ceremonial countyBerkshire
StatusUnitary authority
Incorporated1 April 1974
Admin HQMaidenhead
 • TypeUnitary authority
 • BodyWindsor and Maidenhead Borough Council
 • LeadershipCllr. Simon Dudley (Leader of the Cabinet) (Conservative)
 • MPsAdam Afriyie (Windsor)
Theresa May (Maidenhead)
 • Total76.61 sq mi (198.43 km2)
Area rank167th (of 326)
(mid-2017 est.)
 • Total150,100
 • Rank130th (of 326)
 • Density2,000/sq mi (760/km2)
 • Ethnicity
90.2% White
5.4% S.Asian
1.2% Black
1.7% Mixed Race
1.4% Chinese or Other[1]
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code00ME (ONS) E06000040 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU926750

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is a Royal Borough of Berkshire, in South East England. Its nearest border to London, being Maidenhead is approx 30 miles. It is home to Windsor Castle, Eton College, Legoland Windsor and Ascot Racecourse. It is one of four boroughs entitled to be prefixed Royal and is one of six unitary authorities in its county which has Historic and Lieutenancy county status.

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The Home Library Service is a special service to bring Royal Borough libraries to people in their homes. For people with mobility issues that prevent them getting to their local library, or young carers without time to visit a library, this free of charge service could be just what's needed. Anyone who lives in the Royal Borough is eligible. If you are housebound, have mobility problems, or are a young carer, we can find you a volunteer to bring library materials straight to your home. Volunteers pick out books and other materials from a Borough library, according to the tastes of their customers. Some volunteers only have one customer, others have lots. It's up to the individual how much time they want to give. On average, one customer means about two hours volunteering every three weeks. All types of library materials are available for volunteers to choose from. Fiction and non-fiction books in regular and large print. Audio books on CD, cassette, and playaways. Even eBooks delivered on special electronic readers. The service is tailored to suit the customer's needs and help them discover new interests. If we don't stock a particular book, we can normally get it from somewhere else. And all this comes absolutely free! Frances >> I started volunteering when I saw an advertisement in the local paper asking for library volunteers. I love reading books, I couldn't imagine not having access to books and I thought that that was something I would enjoy doing and could be of benefit to people. It normally takes me parts of about three days a week. It's quite variable; the one fixed commitment is picking the books from the mobile library, and that's on a three week rota. But apart from that, in terms of visiting people, I can fit that in with my commitments and their commitments though most people do like to know when you're coming. (Er) They look forward to your visits and clearly you need to sort of let them know when you expect to visit them again. After a period you do build quite a relationship with the people you visit. Over a period of years you really get to know them, they get to know a bit about you, you can talk to them about their family and what they've done and they're always interested in you and you get to know what they like, what they enjoy. They're always very, very pleased to see you. Volunteers operate independently, but are supported by library staff. We can help choose books or suggest new authors. Volunteers do need their own transport, but the Borough is happy to pay a mileage allowance. Without The Home Library Service, many people have no access to library materials. For a book lover, The Home Library Service can provide a lifeline to the outside world, a welcome break from caring responsibilities, or an opportunity to explore new subjects. Volunteers get to know their customers well, and visits often become more of a social occasion Maggie >> The home library volunteers are a wonderful service. I always used to visit the library myself to take out books but eventually they were too heavy for me to carry home. My neighbour had books delivered by a volunteer and I started borrowing them from her. Then I got my own volunteer who brings me new books every few weeks. I like to have a cup of coffee and a chat with Geoff when he drops the books off. Frances >> I would recommend it. It is something you can do if you enjoy books and you like sharing your love of books with other people then it's something that can give you great pleasure and also the people you visit; it gives them great pleasure as well. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in using The Home Library Service, please email, telephone 01628 796969, or visit the web address on screen now ( If you may be interested in becoming a volunteer for the Home Library Service, helping us bring library services to people in their homes, please email, telephone 01628 796247, or visit the web address on screen now (


Incorporation and enhancement to unitary authority

The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 as one of six standard districts or boroughs within Berkshire, under the Local Government Act 1972, from minor parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire which remained for more than two decades Administrative Counties, and such that Berkshire assumed the high-level local government functions for the resultant area. The change merged the boroughs of Maidenhead and Windsor (formally the Royal Borough of New Windsor), the rural districts of Cookham and Windsor, and in Buckinghamshire, north of the River Thames (on the left bank): Eton urban district and the parishes of Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury in its rural district.[2] The area immediately inherited by law royal borough status from the town of Windsor which contains Windsor Castle.

The local authority is its Council. Its area became a unitary authority area on 1 April 1998 with virtually full local government powers as Berkshire County Council was abolished.[3] A minority of the area in terms of population has a lower level of local government, the civil parish.

River Thames

The borough straddles the River Thames. Approximately half of its flow through the borough has a bypass and seasonally-variable flood relief channel, the Jubilee River. Further flood relief channels are planned for the reaches below the Borough to benefit many other settlements including Datchet and Wraysbury in the Borough which were the settlements most widely affected by the UK storms of January-February 2014.[4]

Towns and villages

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead contains the following towns and villages



The Royal Borough is represented at Westminster by two members of parliament of the Conservative Party: Adam Afriyie (for Windsor) and Prime Minister Theresa May (for Maidenhead). Maidenhead has been held by the Conservative Party since its creation in 1997. Windsor has been held by the same party since 1874 with varying representation from its 1484 creation including more than 350 initial years with two MPs. Small parts of wards of other seats, notably the Slough unitary area and Wokingham have intermittently been included in each seat to prevent malapportionment which is a definition of boundaries which causes any MP to serve a significantly different number of potential voters (electors) than the others.[5][6]

The irregular, elongated shape of the Windsor seat being the south-east half of the Borough has been criticised by academics who noted the net changes which the Heath administration led through Parliament in 1972, implemented in 1974, intensified difference. They frequently grouped right-leaning suburban areas within urban historic centres and more modern, urban left-leaning areas such as the bulk of Slough. This ostensibly amounted to nationwide gerrymandering or homogenisation to install a greater number safe seats at the expense of marginal seats however also reflected the majority of social associations of people in each area.[7]

Local government

The Royal Borough is currently under a Conservative administration. Elections for councillors to the Royal Borough take place every four years; the last took place in 2015.

The Royal Borough is controlled by a Cabinet which controls the local authority. Currently under the Conservative control, Cllr. Simon Dudley is the leader of the council. He is supported by the current Mayor Cllr. Paul Lion and his wife, the Mayoress, Mrs Laura Lion.

The political control of the Royal Borough is as follows:[8][9]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973–1991
No overall control 1991–1995
Liberal Democrats 1995–1997
No overall control 1997–2003
Liberal Democrats 2003–2007
Conservative 2007–present

57 councillors represent the electorate of 23 wards.[10]

Parish and town councils

There are 14 parish councils and 1 town council in the borough. They are: Bisham, Bray, Cookham, Cox Green, Datchet, Eton (town), Horton, Hurley, Old Windsor, Shottesbrooke, Sunningdale, Sunninghill and Ascot, Waltham St Lawrence, White Waltham, Wraysbury.

The towns of Maidenhead and Windsor are unparished.


The Windsor and Maidenhead LEA provides a comprehensive system, with a three-tier successive school system in Windsor, and two-tier education elsewhere. Colleges and sixth forms are available in the main two towns as across its borders in Egham, Slough and Wokingham.[11]

Twin towns

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is twinned with the following Towns:


  1. ^ Population estimates
  2. ^ The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972. SO 1972/2039.
  3. ^ The Berkshire (Structural Change) Order 1996. SI 1996/1879
  4. ^ Lower Thames Strategy Study: Strategic Environmental Assessment environmental report, Environment Agency, 2009. Accessed 31-12-2017
  5. ^ Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995 (SI 1995/1626)
  6. ^ The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (Miscellaneous Changes) Order 1998 (SI 1998/3152).
  7. ^ Polity (magazine): 6:298 (147 and 183) "The Case of the Vanishing Marginals", D. R. Mayhew (1974)
  8. ^ UK Politics | Local Elections 2000 | Windsor & Maidenhead Royal. BBC News. Retrieved on 17 July 2013.
  9. ^ Election 2007 | Local Council Elections | Windsor & Maidenhead Royal council. BBC News (4 May 2007). Retrieved on 17 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Councillors". The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  11. ^ "School system in Windsor to remain as three-tier". Windsor Advertiser. 5 July 2012.
  12. ^ "British towns twinned with French towns". Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
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