01:02AM, Saturday 24 August 2013
Time is running out to get your entries in for the Advertiser-backed Bright Idea challenge prize as the early September deadline looms.
The Royal Borough has been receiving a steady stream of entries for the £20,000 challenge, which is asking residents who live or work in the borough to come up with a solutions to a problem affecting the area.
Entries have so far included suggestions ranging from how to make use of empty shops to making life easier for cyclists but there is still time for the public to have their say on how to make life better in the Windsor and Maidenhead.
Once the deadline passes, the ideas will be scrutinised by a judging panel led by broadcasting legend and Bright Idea ambassador Sir Michael Parkinson before a winner is decided.
The former chat show host urged residents to make sure they get their ideas heard before the deadline.
"With time running out to enter the Bright Idea challenge prize and help transform a problem into a solution, what are you waiting for?" he said.
"I urge everyone who wants to improve life in the borough with their own innovative solution to enter now and, who knows, you could see your winning idea implemented and benefitting a lot of local people."
Cllr George Bathurst, cabinet member for policy and performance, added: "We are tantalisingly close to the deadline and I urge everyone who wants to share their bright idea to get cracking. It's their chance to use initiative and creativity to help transform life in our community."
A first prize of £800 is up for grabs for the best entry, with two runners-up receiving £400 and £250 respectively.
The rest of the £20,000 prize money will go towards creating and implementing the winning ideas.
The deadline is midnight on Monday, September 2.
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