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Recycling officer is wheelie proud to help make a difference - 4.55pm, 22nd July 2016|
An award-winning recycling officer has so far raised £800 for charity after climbing Mount Snowdon with a wheelie bin strapped to his back.
No smoke with our firefighters at Franklins House - 4.53pm, 22nd July 2016|
Crews from Bicester Fire Station and an officer from Cherwell District Council simulated a fire at Franklins House in a dramatic training exercise.
Shared services raise safety standards - 4.26pm, 22nd July 2016|
Joint working between two councils is enabling a more robust approach to protecting people who live, work and play in Cherwell and South Northamptonshire.
Bears and bikes lead Bicester play - 12.47pm, 22nd July 2016|
Children are invited to take part in fun and games as Bicester Play and Activity Day returns to town on 3 August.
Push for pristine street scenes - 2.55pm, 20th July 2016|
Banbury gets extra spick and span in the last week of this month as Cherwell District Council's green team blitzes the town centre.
Action-packed summer holidays in prospect - 12.36pm, 20th July 2016|
Youngsters are being invited to spice up their summer with free activity sessions taking place throughout Cherwell district.
Royal portrait marks special birthday - 11.51am, 20th July 2016|
A new portrait of the Queen has been presented to the council to mark our monarch's 90th birthday.
Consultation begins on proposed begging ban - 3.57pm, 19th July 2016|
Businesses in Banbury are demonstrating their support for Cherwell District Council's homelessness campaign as consultation begins on plans to ban begging in the town.
Messages to reduce risk of abuse - 3.32pm, 19th July 2016|
A series of messages aimed at parents, residents and businesses will be promoted across the summer to help keep children safe over the school holidays.
Dead district devices brought back to life on tour - 3.14pm, 19th July 2016|
Hundreds of Banbury residents turned in their broken gadgetry as Cherwell District Council's green team completed the first of three electronics recycling roadshows.
Long serving councillor honoured - 3.13pm, 19th July 2016|
A former councillor's decades of service to the district have been celebrated with his appointment to the role of Honorary Alderman.
Council adopts new planning consultation policy - 3.12pm, 19th July 2016|
The policy which outlines how the public is consulted about planning applications has been updated.
Soak up the fun with a swim in the sun - 12.16pm, 19th July 2016|
Banbury's open air pool will launch its summer timetable on Saturday (23 July) giving people the opportunity to enjoy alfresco swimming seven days a week.
Devolution update - 11.15am, 19th July 2016|
A joint statement has been released today (Tuesday) by the county, city and district councils in Oxfordshire regarding devolution as follows:
Banbury Play Day lets the carnival spirit loose - 2.29pm, 18th July 2016|
The fun of the carnival will transform People's Park for a day of inclusive fun and games as Banbury Play Day returns on 27 July.
Exercise chance to vote for sport ground's new name - 5.56pm, 15th July 2016|
People in Bicester could win an annual leisure centre membership worth £470 by taking part in a vote to name the new multi-million pound sports facilities in Kingsmere.
Experience sought for unique housing organisation - 3.54pm, 14th July 2016|
People with experience in business and finance are being invited to volunteer and play an important role as board members of an innovative new housing organisation.
Congregation honours the past while building for the future - 11.12am, 13th July 2016|
A Banbury congregation celebrated the final phase of building on its new church by adding to a time capsule discovered earlier this year.
Totally rubbish repeat tippers hunted - 10.01am, 13th July 2016|
The perpetrators of illegal waste dumping are being hunted as officials keep a beady eye on two flytips.
Bicester cabbies spot-checked for compliance - 2.43pm, 12th July 2016|
Taxi drivers were checked for compliance as council officials and police conducted a joint operation in Bicester on the night of Saturday, 25 June.
Joint working delivers improved council tax collections - 11.14am, 12th July 2016|
In figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government*, it has been revealed that council tax rate collections for Cherwell District Council (CDC) and South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) are now ranked within the top five in the country, thanks to joint working efforts.
A 'wheelie' big walk for charitable recycling officer - 4.07pm, 11th July 2016|
An award-winning recycling officer will be taking on Mount Snowdon with a wheelie bin strapped to his back in order to raise money for waste management projects in developing countries.
Council's 'no' to Deddington tight fit - 4.58pm, 8th July 2016|
A proposal to increase the density of a housing development to the north of Deddington has been rejected.
Leading millers get go-ahead for Banbury base - 11.58am, 8th July 2016|
A top national flour producer will move some of its facilities to Banbury after the approval of a change-of-use planning application.
Permission for big-brand distributor to come to town - 11.56am, 8th July 2016|
A big-brand health and beauty distributor has been given permission to set up shop in Banbury thanks to the approval of a change-of-use application for a vacant building.
Ribbon cutting marks official opening - 10.29am, 7th July 2016|
Celebrations were taking place across Bicester on Monday (4 July) as dignitaries gathered for the official opening of Franklins House on the third anniversary of the opening of Pioneer Square.
Council prepares a new planning consultation framework - 4.01pm, 6th July 2016|
Updates to the framework which outlines how the public is consulted about planning decisions are being prepared.
Short circuit sparks recycling - 12.01pm, 6th July 2016|
Cherwell's green team will complete a circuit of the district this summer to promote electronics recycling.
Proposals to bring Order to town - 11.30am, 6th July 2016|
Proposals to ban begging, on-street alcohol consumption and rough sleeping in Banbury town centre could be introduced to protect visitors from being exploited and intimidated.
Growing town attracts growing investment - 11.29am, 6th July 2016|
More than £50 million of investment has been pledged to support the growth of Bicester since it was first designated as an eco-town in 2009.
Fine price to pay for flytip crime - 11.26am, 6th July 2016|
Two men who dumped six black sacks of household rubbish at a recycling bank in Banbury have each been fined £75 for flytipping.
Equalities action plan updated - 10.43am, 6th July 2016|
The council has approved a new action plan, determining the approach it will take to equalities over the next year.
Renewed focus on Brighter Futures in Banbury - 10.41am, 6th July 2016|
The promotion of health, employment, and education received renewed support as Cherwell approved a report on its Brighter Futures in Banbury programme.
Council to use maximum HS2 powers - 9.34am, 6th July 2016|
Councillors have decided to retain as much local control as possible over the construction of the High Speed Rail 2 network.
Building boom prompts waste policy update - 9.32am, 6th July 2016|
A sharp upswing in house building has prompted a rethink of Cherwell's waste and recycling policies.
MP answers a hatful of youngsters' questions - 4.54pm, 4th July 2016|
District youngsters have put their MP through her paces at a private question and answer session.
Free gym membership for active teens - 11.01am, 1st July 2016|
Teenagers can work out for reduced rates at Cherwell District Council's gyms.
United stars come out for summer football camp - 11.00am, 1st July 2016|
District youngsters can improve headers and one-twos with Oxford United players at a series of football camps this summer.
One week left to rate Cherwell in online survey - 9.16am, 1st July 2016|
There is just over a week remaining for residents to rate and review Cherwell District Council as its annual survey draws to a close.
Devolution paves the way for faster road delivery - 3.27pm, 29th June 2016|
Plans to replace county and district councils with a single unitary authority could pave the way for roads to be built sooner rather than later, according to the leader of Cherwell District Council.
Feedback sought to enhance village character - 3.21pm, 29th June 2016|
A conservation area appraisal will take place for Swalcliffe to review how the village's special character can be preserved and enhanced.
Watch your waste this food safety week - 3.47pm, 28th June 2016|
The council is backing a drive to reduce food waste and save residents money this Food Safety Week.
Green-fingered goodies from energy study - 12.51pm, 27th June 2016|
Parents can help their children get gardening thanks to a council-backed energy efficiency project.
Overseas know-how for would-be exporters - 12.59pm, 24th June 2016|
Businesses will be given a helping hand to expand into international markets at a free event in Banbury on 5 July.
Cherwell intervenes after county cuts budget not grass - 4.57pm, 20th June 2016|
The leader of Cherwell District Council has said the decision to take over some grass cutting responsibility from Oxfordshire County Council was necessary to preserve the appearance and safety of the area.
Town trading partnership mooted in study - 3.51pm, 20th June 2016|
Cherwell has appointed advisors to investigate the possibility of creating a Business Improvement District (BID) in Banbury town centre. The move follows an appeal from local business leaders.
Free expert advice for local businesses - 2.41pm, 20th June 2016|
Advice to help businesses thrive and grow will be on offer as Cherwell District Council hosts specialist advisers for small and medium sized businesses.
How does Cherwell measure up? - 8.44am, 15th June 2016|
Residents are being asked to give Cherwell marks out of ten as the council launches its annual survey.
Council fields pitch for all-weather sports - 11.41am, 13th June 2016|
Sporty students will scale new heights thanks to the ramping up of plans to build a new climbing wall and all-weather sports pitch at Banbury Academy.
Appetite builds for Bicester's Big Lunch - 3.03pm, 3rd June 2016|
Residents in Bicester will be able to feast on an afternoon of food, entertainment and community spirit with the return of the town's Big Lunch.
Family home is cause for celebration - 2.59pm, 3rd June 2016|
Families looking to get a foot on the property ladder will only need a £6,250 deposit to purchase their share of a three-bedroom home within a thriving community.
Build It Live! comes to Oxfordshire on 11 and 12 June 2016 - 12.52pm, 27th May 2016|
The successful self build exhibition Build It Live! will be launching at Bicester Heritage on 11 and 12 June 2016.
See a man about a kennel licence this summer - 9.50am, 27th May 2016|
Holidaying pet owners are being cautioned to choose the right carer for their furry friends this summer.
Chairman sets stall by market favourite - 9.47am, 27th May 2016|
One of Banbury's best-loved market traders was honoured for over 25 years' service in a special event at the town's market on Saturday.
New village hall for Fritwell - 3.33pm, 23rd May 2016|
A new village hall and eleven new homes have been approved for the former site of the George and Dragon pub in Fritwell.
New housing for adults with learning difficulties - 6.03pm, 20th May 2016|
Councillors have given the green light to much-needed housing for adults with learning difficulties.
Adults with brain injuries get new homes - 6.02pm, 20th May 2016|
The construction of housing for adults with brain injuries is poised to begin in Banbury.
Have fun and keep cool at Banbury's outdoor pool - 12.47pm, 20th May 2016|
The May bank holiday will signify the first signs of summer as Banbury's outdoor pool opens its doors to the public for the first time this year.
District Council Leaders rule out cross-boundary unitary solution - 5.44pm, 19th May 2016|
Following the recent elections, Oxfordshire's District Council Leaders have reconfirmed their ambitions to simplify local government and give more power to the people of the county.
New chairman takes the chain - 5.48pm, 18th May 2016|
Newly-elected members of Cherwell District Council have met for the first time following this month's local elections.
Sir Tony presents coat of arms to Cherwell - 5.46pm, 18th May 2016|
The new chairman of Cherwell District Council has undertaken her first official duty by receiving a coat of arms on behalf of the authority.
Kirtlington homes refused on appeal - 5.38pm, 18th May 2016|
An appeal against a council decision not to allow up to 75 new homes to be built off Lince Lane in Kirtlington has been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.
Text to donate and do something great - 12.34pm, 18th May 2016|
Residents who would like to offer support to rough sleepers can take advantage of a new text service which has been backed by Cherwell District Council.
Countdown has begun for four days of fun - 12.32pm, 18th May 2016|
With the countdown now on until the May half term, bookings lines have opened for Cherwell District Council's popular holiday hubs.
Funding available for Queen's birthday celebrations - 2.49pm, 11th May 2016|
To celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, Cherwell District Council is providing financial support towards local community events that aim to bring people together and strengthen community spirit.
Time for a Park Run? - 2.46pm, 10th May 2016|
Bicester has joined the global running phenomenon that is Park Run and Cherwell District Council, along with Bicester Leisure Centre is promoting the idea. Runners, joggers and walkers, old or young are encouraged to come down and complete the flat 5k (3.1 mile) course on Saturday mornings at 9am.
Court bench tackles armchair offence - 11.22am, 20th April 2016|
A woman who illegally dumped two armchairs in a communal bin area despite knowing she would be breaching her tenancy agreement has received a criminal record for her actions.
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