Work begins to develop Bright Idea challenge prize plans

Work begins to develop Bright Idea challenge prize plans

James Preston

Work begins to develop Bright Idea challenge prize plans

Work is underway to make three award-winning bright ideas a reality and the Royal Borough a better place in the process.

Town crier Chris Brown announced the winners in September

The winners of the borough's £20,000 Bright Idea challenge prize have each been assigned a council representative to work with them on developing their ideas.

The Advertiser-backed challenge asked people who live or work in the area to come up with suggestions to improve the borough, with each winner handed £5,000 to develop their plan.

An additional £1,500 will be held in reserve, with any unspent funds rolling over for next year's competition.

Rachel Cook, from Maidenhead, has begun work with council leader Cllr David Burbage (Con, Bray) to develop her plan to launch a community initiative to encourage people to plant wild flowers.

Karen Appleton, from Windsor, has teamed up with Cllr George Bathurst, cabinet member for policy and performance, to work on introducing 'Walk Wise' signs which tell people the calories they burn while walking to various landmarks.

Jeff Lloyd, who took the overall first prize when the winners were announced in September, is hard at work with big society panel member Cllr Natasha Airey (Con, Park) to make his dream of creating an evening street market a reality.

The 46-year-old, from Laggan Road, said the search was still on to find an appropriate date for the market but said the first couple of meetings with the borough had been 'fruitful'.

He added the dream was to bring food, stalls and entertainers to High Street in an effort to replicate the atmosphere in Covent Garden or La Rambla in Barcelona.

The father-of-two said: "It's perfectly feasible to have an evening market that starts at half five or six o'clock with food stalls by the Boy and the Boat statue, right down to the Java cafe."

He said he also hopes the idea can be developed for Windsor and other areas in the borough.

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