Stories of the week: September 10-16

The Advertiser and Express websites bring you a round-up of the week's top stories from across east Berkshire each weekend.


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AS IT HAPPENED: Severe disruption in Maidenhead after thunderstorms

A major clear-up operation was underway yesterday after storms caused flooding throughout Maidenhead.

The rain forced early morning road closures in Norreys Drive, Wootton Way, Queen Street, Braywick Road and part of the High Street and also affected parts of the M40 and M4. 

Woman dies after three-car crash on A404

A 43-year-old woman died after she was involved in a three-car collision on the A404 Marlow Bypass on Monday.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information about the crash, which involved a silver Honda Accord, a blue VW Beetle and a silver VW Sharan on the southbound carriageway at about 1.30pm.

Chalvey could move from Slough to Windsor constituency under boundary review

Initial proposals published by The Boundary Commission for England has suggested a Slough ward is moved into the Windsor constituency.

The report, which is part of a nationwide review into constituencies in England, was published on Monday.

Ban for former Piggott School teacher who had relationship with pupil

Pupils’ safeguarding and wellbeing is of ‘paramount importance’, the Piggott School’s headteacher has said, after the former head of maths was banned from teaching indefinitely following an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student.

Mark Wade, 58, who is no longer employed by the school in Twyford Road, Wargrave, appeared before a professional conduct panel convened by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Is Royal Borough planning to privatise parking?

Fears of spiralling parking costs that could drive shoppers away have been voiced after it emerged the Royal Borough is investigating having private contractors run its car parks.

Details are yet to emerge but it has been confirmed ‘options’ for the future of parking in the borough – including privatisation – are being looked at.

Temporary road closure a 'living hell' for disabled mum

A disabled mother has said her life has become a ‘living hell’ after Slough Borough Council (SBC) closed Chequers Bridge.

On August 2, the road under the railway bridge in Hollow Hill and Market Lane was closed as part of a council experimental traffic order.

Residents meet to oppose Hindu Community Centre bid

Councillors have been criticised by Boulters Lock residents over a proposal to build a Hindu community centre at the car park in Lower Cookham Road.

About 40 people opposing the plans met on Tuesday evening to discuss their options, including a rival bid to prevent the site becoming a community centre, and to voice frustration at councillors.

Chippington and Dunlevy are Paralympic gold medal winners

Jeanette Chippington became the first ever paracanoe gold medal winner at a Paralympics when she narrowly won the KL1 category at the Lagoa in Rio this afternoon.

Maidenhead resident Chippington, 46, was up against strong opposition from Germany's Edina Muller, but came through to win the 200m sprint by 0.114 seconds.

England head coach Eddie Jones takes Maidenhead RFC training session

England head coach Eddie Jones conducted a hands-on training session during a visit to Maidenhead Rugby Club on Tuesday.

Jones, 56, who in his first year in charge of the national side led them to the Grand Slam and a 3-0 whitewash over his native Australia last winter, had a 30-minute Q&A with Maidenhead head coach Russell Bolton and invited coaches and teachers after which he ran a 45-minute training session in the form of a game.

In pictures: Gravity Grand Prix 2016

A Mad Hatter's tea party, an emergency hospital bed, and a deck chair were all racing down Church Road and Spring Lane in Cookham Dean as fast as possible on Sunday for the 10th annual Gravity Grand Prix.

The event, arranged by the Kaffirs of Cookham Dean, is a chance for competitors to show off the homemade novelty karts, built to see if they are the fastest to run down the hill.


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