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Voter registration drive now underway - 3.53pm, 23rd August 2016|
Across the district, voter registration forms have begun dropping through letterboxes as Cherwell District Council's annual canvass gets underway.
Beautiful game is a walk in the park - 12.10pm, 23rd August 2016|
With the new football season already underway, Cherwell residents are being reminded that they don't have to sprint like Gareth Bale to reap the rewards of a kick about.
Sponsor's chance for a positive spin - 11.10am, 22nd August 2016|
Town businesses are being invited to boost their visibility and support a good cause by sponsoring Bicester Bike Loan.
Woodgreen Open Air Pool Closure - 10.23am, 22nd August 2016|
Due to problems with the pumps, Woodgreen Open Air Pool in Banbury will be closed today (Monday, 22 August) to allow for repair work to take place.
No plastering over eyesore tip - 4.37pm, 19th August 2016|
Planks, palettes and plasterboard were amongst the illegally dumped waste recovered by council officers near Bainton this week.
No glass ceiling for folk-rock recyclers - 4.53pm, 16th August 2016|
As the district's most iconic music festival drew to a close, council officers were on hand to recycle the huge volume of glass used by the fans.
Banbury's laser-guided course to Rio glory - 3.42pm, 16th August 2016|
Banbury dinghy manufacturers will have their eyes glued to the screen this evening as they watch their vessels vie for the podium in Rio.
Fest to impress - 2.36pm, 15th August 2016|
Banbury children will bring a summer of fun to a close as they gather for Summer Fest, a play day focussed on strengthening community bonds and promoting healthy eating.
Bicester recyclers repair to roadshow - 12.16pm, 15th August 2016|
The summer electronics recycling circuit will come to a close as council officers hold their final roadshow on August 20.
Local people get ahead of the queue to build their own home at Graven Hill - 10.15am, 15th August 2016|
Local people are showing keen interest in building their own dream home at Graven Hill, as the very first plots prepare to go on sale.
Voter registration a requirement for all - 9.44am, 15th August 2016|
Forms asking residents to verify the information they have on the electoral register will begin dropping on doormats from 22 August, as Cherwell District Council begins its annual canvass.
Free football on the AstroTurf for Kidlington youngsters - 2.14pm, 12th August 2016|
Budding Beckhams will have the opportunity to perfect their passing on the AstroTurf as the council puts on two free football sessions at Kidlington and Gosford Leisure Centre in the coming days.
Green message to help food fair finds go further - 9.17am, 12th August 2016|
Visitors to Banbury Food Fair can get help making their groceries go further as council officers show their backing for the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
Farming history ploughs ahead to win sports vote - 6.55pm, 11th August 2016|
Residents in Bicester have chosen Whitelands Farm Sports Ground as the name for the new multi-million pound leisure development on the Kingsmere estate.
Ardley proposal denied on appeal - 11.24am, 11th August 2016|
A government inspector has backed a decision by council planning officers to refuse an application to build three dwellings on land adjacent to Ardley Road in Fewcott, next to the village hall.
Reduce bag use with green freebie - 11.04am, 11th August 2016|
As plastic carrier bag use plummets across the country, the council is offering a sustainable alternative that helps people sort their recycling.
Out of town retail park remains out of luck - 5.04pm, 10th August 2016|
Plans for Bicester's out of town retail park have been dismissed at appeal after a Government planning inspector agreed it would cause significant traffic congestion and have an adverse effect on future development.
Extra places lead to happy faces - 7.14pm, 9th August 2016|
More than 900 bookings were taken during the first two weeks of Cherwell District Council's holiday hubs leading to an increase in places being made available.
Partners pocket handy homeless guide - 11.38am, 8th August 2016|
A Homeless Pocket Guide that lists the help, support and services available to rough sleepers has had more than 250 copies distributed since it was first printed two months ago.
Developer's plan to regenerate Kidlington car park - 4.31pm, 5th August 2016|
A new development in Kidlington is set to provide regeneration and housing in the village centre.
US-style bungalows to be replaced with new houses - 4.21pm, 5th August 2016|
A group of bungalows at former RAF Upper Heyford is set to be replaced with new houses which reflect the character and heritage of the surrounding area.
Ex-RAF barracks to make way for homes - 4.19pm, 5th August 2016|
Two former RAF buildings at Upper Heyford are set to be demolished and replaced with new homes.
Major development proposed for approval - 4.15pm, 5th August 2016|
A report has been submitted to Central Government recommending that plans for 1,000 homes and supporting facilities be approved for development on land adjoining Salt Way in Banbury.
Farmer's go-ahead to expand business - 3.40pm, 5th August 2016|
A Hornton farmer will be able to launch a new venture, having been granted permission to build three new buildings.
Club can soar to new heights under council plan - 3.38pm, 5th August 2016|
A gliding club is firming up its plans for the future thanks to the granting of a planning permission.
Permission granted for 280 new homes - 3.37pm, 5th August 2016|
Up to 280 new homes will be built on land outlined for development within Cherwell District Council's adopted Local Plan.
White goods and gadgets for recycling at Kidlington roadshow - 11.13am, 5th August 2016|
The summer surge in electronics recycling comes to Kidlington this Saturday as the council's green team makes the second stop on its roadshow tour.
Tasty treats hit the streets - 3.40pm, 3rd August 2016|
Visitors to Kidlington can relish in chutneys and find cheese to please with the return of a special Fine Foods Market.
Development builds investment in Bicester - 3.35pm, 3rd August 2016|
Bicester's housing and commercial development topped £150 million during the 2014/ 2015 year according to the latest figures released by Cherwell District Council.
Swap four wheels for two this Cycle to Work Day - 12.51pm, 3rd August 2016|
Residents and employers are being encouraged to step up a gear and take part in Cycle to Work Day.
Opportunities up for promotion at job fairs - 9.04am, 3rd August 2016|
A wealth of employment opportunities will be advertised this September as local agencies and businesses come together for Banbury and Bicester job fairs.
Employers sought to meet seekers at job fairs - 8.57am, 3rd August 2016|
Employers looking to fill vacancies after the summer break are being encouraged to promote them for free at Banbury and Bicester job fairs.
Bicester retailers' top shop tips - 10.09am, 1st August 2016|
Entrepreneurs looking to boost their Bicester business can tap into expert knowledge at a Retail Success Course taking place on 7 September.
Extra hub places put on to meet popular demand - 10.07am, 1st August 2016|
The soaring popularity of the summer activity hubs has resulted in additional staff being hired in order to offer children extra places.
Record crowds make Banbury Play Day a hit - 12.24pm, 28th July 2016|
Children and families withstood a rainy start before the sun came out on a record-breaking Banbury Play Day, yesterday (Wednesday).
Hoping for a housing hat-trick - 2.52pm, 27th July 2016|
The innovative approach to home-building taken by the council has once again received the recognition of the prestigious Build It Awards.
Gym and spin plans unfolding - 4.38pm, 26th July 2016|
The £1.2m project to improve and expand Banbury's Woodgreen Leisure Centre is well underway.
Stay in the know with kids on the go - 11.23am, 25th July 2016|
Youngsters and teenagers can while away the summer with a variety of activities and offers to keep them occupied during the break from school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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