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It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Update from council leader - 3 March

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Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

Following the government’s announcement last week, I am pleased to say that all Bracknell Forest schools will return to face-to-face learning next week on Monday, 8 March.

This also means that wrap around childcare, such as after-school clubs, can also reopen. I hope that this will provide some comfort to families and enable parents to be more flexible about working, attending education, accessing medical care, or attending a much-needed support group.

To be clear, this means that school attendance will be mandatory for all pupils. Secondary schools and colleges will have a phased return over the next week to finalise testing arrangements for pupils. You can find more information on our return to school article.

I am also proud that this week marks the beginning of food waste collections, a fantastic continuation of Bracknell Forest residents and the fight against climate change. Each house in the borough should be provided with a lockable 23-litre kerbside caddy, a smaller kitchen caddy and a roll of caddy liners to get started. Food waste will be collected weekly and you can check your collection day with our collection day finder.

To maximise the performance of the new food waste recycling service, green general waste bin collections will change to every three weeks.

Once collected, the food waste is taken to an anaerobic digestion plant, which captures the methane created by the waste to produce energy to power homes and fertiliser to help crops grow.

Finally, I would like to advise for anyone attending the Morgan Centre in Crowthorne for asymptomatic Lateral Flow Testing, to please be aware that the access route will be affected by planned roadworks. The centre will remain open for testing and diversion routes will be in place to make sure those with appointments can still gain access. For more information, visit our Morgan Centre article.

Have a good week, and stay safe.