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8th January 2004

Windsor has a Web Forum awaiting your comments

Visit the Windsor Forum

The Royal Windsor Web Site is pleased to announce the opening of the Windsor Forum. This is an exciting development designed to let everyone with something to say, to say it there and then. We hope that the Forum will become a valuable resource for residents of Windsor and visitors alike.

Currently there are three sections, Windsor Now, The Thames at Windsor and Windsor History. Other sections will be added as and when appropriate.

Windsor Now is designed to cover all current and recent events, campaigns, news and views.

The Thames at Windsor currently features contributions concerning the Jubilee River and problems associated with it but will also cover fishing and boating topics, etc.

Windsor History covers the town as it was from just a few years ago to its foundation almost 1000 years ago. This is a massive subject and will never be covered comprehensively, but every contribution that adds to what we know about our town is valuable. Here is the perfect place to record any stories that you know about Windsor's past

Please feel free to comment on our town or ask any questions. We hope we will be able to answer it quickly, or find someone who knows the answer!

Visit the Windsor Forum

28th January 2004

Snow, thunder and Lightning

Snow in Windsor is now a rarity. For over twenty years we have been spared a really heavy snowfall and the snow that fell on 28th January at 5.30pm did not last, tho' it excited the children.

For snow to be accompanied by thunder is very rare indeed. The reason is the VERY disturbed and exceptionally cold air some 5 miles up which generates the static charges.

Snow had been forecast in the early hours too and indeed there was a brief fall at around 4.30am, but it did not settle.

Snow 28th January at 5.30pm

Snow in Windsor, Wednesday 28th January 2004 at 5.30pm

48 hours later all the snow had gone and once again wind and rain were forecast for the weekend!

30th January 2004

Dene House Finally Demolished

For some months the Sword of Demolition has hung over Dene House in Bolton Avenue, but finally the house has gone.

Dene House Sept 2003

Dene House September 5th 2003

Dene House demolition 30th January 2004

Dene House demolition 30th January 2004

Dene House January 30th 2004

Slowly but surely, Windsor's Victorian heritage is being whittled away.

I suppose we can be reasonably sure that no such vandalism will be visited upon the Victorian terraces and villas that grew up around Windsor as the town prospered in Victorian times, but we need to be vigilant.

May 2004

Grotesque mast

A Grotesque Mast

It just seems to have popped up from nowhere overnight!
  Our photographer took this picture at the top of Clewer Hill Road last Wednesday 12th May of this newly installed phone mast complete with a bus stop sign too!
  How can monstrosities such as this be permitted in residential areas? It is a good foot thick and well over 30 feet tall dwarfing trees, pedestrians and the bus shelter.
  How can residents take a pride in their community when eyesores such as this are imposed upon us.
  We await news of the planning consents given, as there is no mention of it on the RBWM planning web pages and it may be that masts such as these are, incredibly, not subject to planning permission! If this is the case, our thanks are due to those in central government who gave 'carte blanche' to phone companies to erect masts whenever and wherever they wish.
  It is unbelievable...

Have your say here on the Windsor Forum

June 2004

More Aerials on Police Station roof

On the morning of Wednesday 9th June 2004, a Commhoist crane, perhaps with a lift of some 200 feet (60 metres), began lifting sections of a new communications mast onto the roof of the Police Station in Alma Road.

The installation required the partial closure of Alma Road, with traffic lights controlling vehicles from north and south along Alma Road plus the junction with St Marks Road.

The communications mast was the subject of a Planning Application although no record of that can now be found on the RBWM Planning Applications website.

The installation continued on Thursday, 10th June.

July 2004

The Windsor Walk took place at Windsor Great Park on 11th July 2004. There were three distances so providing something for everyone - 2 miles, 4.5 miles or 10 miles. All money raised through sponsorship is to help the NSPCC fund services to children locally.
  Registration started at 9am and closed at 12 noon. Entrance was at the car park control point and entry was free but donations were welcomed.
  Children under 16 had to be accompanied by an adult. The first 50 walkers to register received a free 'T' shirt!
  The NSPCC wishes to thank the Crown Estates Commissioners for permission to use Windsor Great Park, Magal Engineering Ltd for their sponsorship of the event and Berkshire Army Cadet Force for their help and support.
  For more information either call the NSPCC Appeals Office on 01908 568336 or email sphipps[at] (please replace [at] with usual character - spam resist measure!)

July 2004


EBC Engineering Block demolished

Demolition of the Engineering Block at EBC commenced on 15th July 2004. The tree in the centre will be preserved when houses are built on this site, is believed to be a Mexican Bean Tree.

Have Your Say
with other pictures


EBC demolition

August 2004

Clarence Road Resurfacing

Following extensive single line working in Clarence Road in July while gas mains were renewed, Clarence Road was then the subject of resurfacing and was completely closed east of Alma Road.

Clarence Road closed

October 2004

Mobile Mast Mix-up

Phone Mast Base 1 Phone Mast Base

After the debacle of the Clewer Hill Road mast, we now find that a 'mix-up' has allowed T-mobile to build another aerial eyesore! It is a Third Generation (3G) mast designed to handle the video and pictures that modern phones can transmit and receive.
  The mast foundations re right by the road. I give it a month before someone hits it - very hard. I just hope and pray that it is not a fatal accident.
  And the 'mix-up'? Oh, someone didn't get the planning department's comments back to T-mobile in time so they grabbed the opportunity to get on with the installation.
  Some 'mix-up'!!!


November 2004


After 62 years, The Royal Windsor Horse Show, with the support of The Queen, has announced a move from its original public location into the Private Grounds of Windsor Castle. In previous years the show has shared its grounds with various sports users in the public area of the Home Park. The move, across the road, means that the show will have a dedicated site.
  Normally, the beautiful private areas of the park, formerly known as the Little Park, have been strictly off limits to members of the public since its enclosure in the late 1840s, but from 12th to 15th May 2005 everyone will be allowed access to one of the most picturesque locations in the country.
  Royal Windsor is already one of the most prestigious equestrian and social events in the spring and summer sporting calendar and the move will enhance its national and international reputation. Additionally, the organisers have submitted a planning application for an all-weather surface for the Main Arena of 120m x 60m. It is intended that the all-weather surface, the show's unique location and the impressive backdrop of Windsor Castle, will make this the most sought after equestrian event in the country. It is hoped, that if permission is granted, the surface will be laid in time for the 2005 event.

The Horse Show


November 2004


Although slimmer than the Clewer Hill Road installation, it is every bit as tall and looks terrible beside the trees in comparison with the street lamp. And there are great big control boxes at ground level too.

 Phone Bark!

A delicate shade of 'Phone Mast Bark'!
The squirrels fall about laughing, but it is no joke.

Today, Tuesday 9th November the new mast has been erected in Maidenhead Road by Sutherland Grange. It is a dirty sort of brown colour... Can't pretend it's a tree...

November 2004

The Funeral of
HRH Princess Alice

The private funeral of Her Royal Highness Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester took place on 5 November at 11am in St George's Chapel, Windsor. The funeral was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and the Princess's family and friends. It was not a State occasion.

Royal Mourning was observed on Saturday, 30 October and on the day of the funeral. The Queen and members of the Royal Family continued to carry out their official engagements during this time.

Flags were half-masted on Saturday, 30 October, and again on Friday, 5 November.

Council Strategy To Tackle Derelict Homes

20 December 2004

RBWM Press Release

Derelict and sometimes dangerous homes could be brought back into use as a result of a new Royal Borough strategy, agreed by cabinet on Thursday December 16.

These properties can be a magnet for vandals and petty criminals, a danger to children, and their gardens attract litter and other rubbish.  Houses left unoccupied can fall into disrepair and affect the value and saleability of surrounding properties.  In the worst cases, empty houses can devalue adjacent properties by as much as 18 percent.

Currently there are about 1,350 empty homes in the borough, some because of building work, redevelopment or during the process of buying and selling.  However, around 800 have been empty for more than a year and some for 10 or 20 years.  A small number of these are derelict.

The new strategy underlines the council's commitment to bringing empty homes back into productive use, working with owners and providing advice, guidance and encouragement.  However, where properties have deteriorated to the point of being dangerous, or are detrimental to the amenity of the area, and efforts to encourage the owner to bring the property back into use have failed, the strategy says the council will be prepared to use enforcement action.

In the case of derelict properties, owners will receive formal notices requiring them to return their property to a reasonable condition.  If they cannot be traced or fail to carry out the work, the council will have the option of carrying out the repairs, with the cost registered against the property and the money claimed back when the owner is traced or the property sold.  In extreme circumstances, the council could enforce the sale of the property.

Cllr Simon Werner, lead member for public protection, said:  "We appreciate there will always be a number of vacant homes as people move or improvements are planned.  However, where they are unsightly and having a detrimental effect on the environment and local communities by, for example, being a honey pot for crime and anti social behaviour, the council must be able to step in. 

"Ideally, we want the owners to achieve a positive result but when that fails the council can do the work in the best interests of other residents in the neighbourhood."

Cllr Pam Proctor, lead member for social services and housing, said:  "Empty homes are a waste of a very valuable resource, which could be providing much-needed accommodation for residents in the borough."

The strategy shows that empty dwellings:

  • are a magnet for vandals, petty criminals, squatters and drug users
  • can become a danger to children
  • frequently attract litter and other rubbish to their gardens
  • blight local neighbourhoods and devalue surrounding properties by as much as 18%.

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