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View affordable apartments at special open day - 4.48pm, 6th July 2015|
An open day will be held for five newly renovated flats which are available to purchase with less than a £5,000 deposit on a shared ownership basis.
Playground will adopt the natural look - 3.21pm, 6th July 2015|
A town centre playground is set to receive a £140,000 natural makeover to upgrade its outdated facilities.
Teamwork makes the dream work - 4.52pm, 3rd July 2015|
A joint campaign which generated £14,000 of savings and created the potential for four million more litres of recycling to be undertaken across two districts has received a national award.
Bicester Moves forward with funding grant - 3.39pm, 3rd July 2015|
An innovative community reuse project has been awarded a grant of almost £30,000 to expand the service it offers to people moving home.
Residents awash with bathroom recycling facts - 3.37pm, 3rd July 2015|
Thousands of residents brushed up on their bathroom recycling knowledge with a series of roadshows and promotions during national Recycle Week.
Take a stroll towards walking football sessions - 12.28pm, 3rd July 2015|
A pilot walking football scheme to help veteran footballers continue playing the game is being rolled out in Bicester following a successful trial period.
Momentum continues to Build! as work begins at Lincoln Close - 11.58am, 3rd July 2015|
The latest stage of Cherwell District Council's ongoing project to transform brownfield sites into affordable housing has got under way at Lincoln Close in Banbury.
Score a place at summer football camps - 3.57pm, 29th June 2015|
Football fanatics can spend a week perfecting their passes and sharpening their shooting at special football camps taking place throughout summer.
Employees browse the stalls at mini job fair - 4.04pm, 26th June 2015|
An estimated 100 people turned up to Banbury's Army Reserve Centre to take a shot at new employment opportunities as part of a mini Midsummer Job Fair.
Hook Norton plans for the future with referendum - 4.52pm, 24th June 2015|
A referendum will be held for villagers in Hook Norton to determine whether its neighbourhood plan should be used to guide future planning applications.
Green team has a whale of a time during blitz - 2.21pm, 24th June 2015|
Eight tonnes of rubbish - equivalent to the weight of large killer whale - have been collected from the streets, verges and parks of a Bicester estate.
Second year for Banbury town team - 2.01pm, 23rd June 2015|
Banbury's town team is to continue its work into a second year after Cherwell District Council agreed to fund an extension of the town centre vitality initiative.
Discounted boxing promises to pack a punch - 11.56am, 23rd June 2015|
Young people are being invited to get fighting fit by taking advantage of a special boxing promotion in Bicester.
Open for business - 3.19pm, 22nd June 2015|
Delivering high quality regulatory services that support the growth of the local economy is a priority for Cherwell District Council.
Club together for new football league - 11.47am, 19th June 2015|
A new six-a-side football league is preparing to kick off in Banbury for men who are eager to pursue their love of the beautiful game.
Discounted offers will tri-athletes commitment - 4.42pm, 18th June 2015|
Fitness fanatics can take a dip, pound the pavements and straddle the saddle at discounted triathlon training sessions in Bicester.
Wheels are in motion to support disabled cyclists - 1.33pm, 18th June 2015|
A free family open day to promote cycling opportunities to people with special needs and disabilities is being held in Banbury.
Second opportunity to attend Graven Hill event - 4.05pm, 17th June 2015|
People who missed a free information event about the UK's largest self-build housing scheme in Bicester have a second opportunity to attend at a repeat workshop.
Go hunting at free employment events - 9.26am, 16th June 2015|
Job hunters are being offered three opportunities to meet directly with employers through events organised by Cherwell District Council.
Get fit for a quid - 5.46pm, 15th June 2015|
Ladies are being invited to get fit for a quid at new aerobic dance sessions starting in Banbury.
Sit down and work out - 1.16pm, 15th June 2015|
New seated exercises classes aimed at people with limited mobility or fitness are being launched in Banbury.
New Bicester community wins major design award - 10.46am, 15th June 2015|
Bovis Homes Central region has been awarded the coveted 'Built for Life 12' award for their work on the new phase of their Kingsmere location at Bicester.
Get fit for summer with outdoor circuits - 5.13pm, 12th June 2015|
New outdoor circuit sessions designed to help people lose weight and tone up will be launched in Banbury on Monday (15 June).
Older residents encouraged to Feel Good - 4.30pm, 12th June 2015|
A new class aimed at keeping older people active is being launched in Kidlington with people invited to attend their first session for free.
Councillors' concern over Chesterton development - 3.04pm, 12th June 2015|
An "unsuitable" application to build 51 homes on fields in Chesterton has been rejected because it would result in a "disproportionate concentration" of new housing in the village.
Former bargain centre to offer something new - 3.02pm, 12th June 2015|
The site of the former Winner's Bargain Centre in Bicester is set to be redeveloped to provide 42 new sheltered apartments for the town's older residents.
Inspector reveals plan to control council's destiny - 11.25am, 12th June 2015|
The results of an 18-month examination into Cherwell District Council's submitted Local Plan have concluded the document is sound with modifications and can proceed towards adoption.
Pop-up shop option for Banbury - 4.49pm, 11th June 2015|
Small independent businesses looking to take up a unit in Banbury town centre can make a start as part of a new pop-up shop initiative.
Bicester ApprentiSHOP 11 - 13 June - 2.14pm, 10th June 2015|
An innovative campaign to provide information and support around apprenticeships is coming to Bicester.
Learn to improve employment options at Training Fair - 5.02pm, 5th June 2015|
People looking to improve their employment options by studying for a new qualification or skill are being encouraged to find out more at a one-off Training and Learning Fair.
New Health and Fitness Club gets set to hit the ground running - 5.00pm, 5th June 2015|
A new health and fitness club is sure to get visitors hot under the collar when it opens its doors to the public in August.
IT extend planning services - 3.00pm, 4th June 2015|
Improvements are being made to Cherwell District Council's current online services for planning, building control and licensing to make navigation easier for residents.
New equipment improves gym tone - 5.13pm, 3rd June 2015|
A Banbury gym has toned up its facilities by relocating to a larger space and trebling the number of workstations.
Hugo Boss UK admits fatal health and safety breaches - 12.33pm, 3rd June 2015|
Hugo Boss UK Limited has pleaded guilty to two offences relating to health and safety breaches in connection with the death of a four-year-old boy who was crushed by an unsecured 18-stone mirror.
Appetite increases for Bicester's Big Lunch - 4.23pm, 2nd June 2015|
The appetite is growing for the return of Bicester's Big Lunch with thousands of people expected to join in the community festivities.
Council hits 96 per cent of performance targets - 3.49pm, 2nd June 2015|
An end of year report has shown Cherwell District council has met 96 per cent of its annual performance targets - including supporting the economy by contributing to the creation and/or safeguarding of almost 400 jobs across the district.
Document will guide delivery of eco-homes - 12.29pm, 2nd June 2015|
The document which will guide the delivery of 6,000 zero carbon homes and thousands of new jobs is nearing completion.
Reinforcing a commitment to biodiversity - 11.51am, 2nd June 2015|
Protecting and enhancing the district's natural environment is a key aim of Cherwell District Council. So on Monday night (1 June) the council's Executive agreed a new biodiversity action plan for the year ahead.
Forum will address disability issues - 11.25am, 27th May 2015|
A free public forum which aims to raise awareness of disability issues in Cherwell is inviting people to attend its next meeting.
Dive into fitness with gym and swim offers - 9.25am, 27th May 2015|
Young people looking to tone up their beach bodies in time for summer can take advantage of the return of Cherwell District Council's Gym and Swim programmes.
Furniture dumped on roadside - 5.02pm, 22nd May 2015|
Flytippers who dumped a chest of drawers and a stool on a grass verge on the main road to Overthorpe have cost a council £250 in clean-up costs.
Homes meet planning guidelines - 11.08am, 22nd May 2015|
Plans to build a residential development in Bicester have been granted approval after the applicants reduced the number of homes from 71 to 46.
Councillors park garage redevelopment - 10.56am, 22nd May 2015|
Plans to replace a garage block with four new houses have been rejected because it would be a "cramped overdevelopment" of the site.
Council lodge planning consent - 10.52am, 22nd May 2015|
A former hotel which has stood empty since 2010 is set to house four new apartments after a request to change the use of the building was granted.
Councillors reject 98 homes in Adderbury - 10.49am, 22nd May 2015|
Adderbury has been spared plans for 98 new homes after councillors agreed enough development had already been allowed in the village.
Tell us how we're doing - 5.17pm, 20th May 2015|
It is important to ask our customers for feedback on performance in relation to services or other aspects of our business.
Meet the new Chairman - 2.07pm, 20th May 2015|
Councillor Melanie Magee is the new Cherwell District Council Chairman. The full council made the appointment at its meeting on 19 May, as well as making appointments to the council's executive.
Eyesore now a source of pride - 2.39pm, 18th May 2015|
An abandoned eyesore has been transformed into five stylish apartments following a nine month project to restore a prominent site in Grimsbury.
Stall holders go upmarket - 10.00am, 15th May 2015|
Banbury Market will trade-in its old stall canopies for an upmarket relaunch which will coincide with a day of entertainment in support of a national campaign.
New council to meet for the first time - 1.06pm, 14th May 2015|
The first Cherwell District Council meeting since the 7 May elections will involve members choosing a new chairman and vice chairman for the 2015/ 2016 year.
Athletes ready for Banbury Triathlon - 10.36am, 13th May 2015|
Hundreds of fitness fanatics are preparing to run, cycle and swim their way to victory at the annual Banbury Triathlon on Sunday, 17 May.
Hubs campaign shortlisted for national award - 4.47pm, 11th May 2015|
A social media campaign which has transformed the fate of Cherwell District Council's holiday hubs programme has been shortlisted for a national award.
Motivate mind and body at Jado Chi - 4.44pm, 11th May 2015|
Two villages are offering people the chance to improve their mental and physical strength by signing up to new fitness classes.
Note the difference at musical fitness class - 1.26pm, 11th May 2015|
A new fitness class where participants get fit to music has been launched in Kidlington.
Straddle the saddle and enjoy the ride - 1.23pm, 11th May 2015|
People looking for a fun and sociable way to get fit are being encouraged to straddle the saddle at a new group cycling course launching in Bicester.
Course puts participants in pole position - 11.32am, 5th May 2015|
Bookings are now being taken for residents who want to take active steps towards getting fit with a new Nordic walking course.
Time for tee with free golf course - 9.46am, 24th April 2015|
Golf instructors will be putting beginners through their paces during a four week introductory course which is being offered for free.
Dabble with a paddle at new canoe course - 10.10am, 23rd April 2015|
Young people are being invited to dabble with a paddle at a discounted canoe course starting in Banbury.
Take direct action to pay council tax bills - 10.16am, 21st April 2015|
Residents are being reminded to avoid formal reminder notices and additional costs by setting up a direct debit to pay their council tax on time.
Everyone welcome to Bicester Job Fair - 9.43am, 21st April 2015|
People hunting for a new job, better job or first job are being encouraged to view hundreds of vacancies at the Bicester Job Fair.
Green light for Bicester Village's revised expansion plans - 10.53am, 17th April 2015|
Plans to increase the retail space at Bicester Village by almost a quarter will go ahead with an increased number of parking spaces after revised plans were given the go ahead.
Future is bright for football club - 10.52am, 17th April 2015|
A Banbury-based football team is facing a brighter future after receiving planning permission for new floodlights which will allow the club to host midweek evening fixtures.
Sporadic homes refused on open space - 10.46am, 17th April 2015|
Plans for ten homes on land earmarked for open space in Chesterton have been refused because they would be detrimental to the character of the village.
Rising electricity bills top residents' concerns - 5.19pm, 16th April 2015|
An annual energy survey has shown more than three quarters of respondents are worried about rising electricity bills.
Firm interest in Bicester Job Fair - 3.57pm, 10th April 2015|
A record number of businesses have signed up to Bicester's first Job Fair of 2015 with all available stands now reserved by potential employers.
Become a gym bunny with a gym buddy - 10.24am, 10th April 2015|
People with mental health issues who are nervous about attending leisure centres are being encouraged to sign up to a free Gym Buddy Scheme at an open event.
Nominations have now closed. - 5.41pm, 9th April 2015|
Nominations for this year's elections on 7 May have now closed. Details of candidates can be viewed at
Team prepare to take root at compost giveaways - 11.57am, 9th April 2015|
Work is under way to fill 3,000 bags with 33 tonnes of compost ahead of Cherwell District Council's eighth annual compost giveaways.
Grant to fund Bicester apprentices - 12.53pm, 8th April 2015|
A £50,000 grant has been awarded to Cherwell District Council to support the set-up of an organisation to secure the first of at least 300 apprentices who will help to deliver the 6,000 homes at North West Bicester.
Transport plan is on the right path - 12.49pm, 8th April 2015|
Plans to improve Cherwell's transport links in accordance with the submitted Local Plan have been welcomed as a good starting point but in need of more detail.
Councils' team shortlisted for national award - 4.36pm, 7th April 2015|
A targeted campaign which used social media to improve residents' understanding of household recycling has been shortlisted for a national award.
Green light given to transform blue light station - 2.17pm, 20th March 2015|
The site of a former ambulance station is set to provide affordable housing opportunities for adults in training and education after planning permission was granted to transform the site.
Hook Norton development refused - 11.43am, 20th March 2015|
An application from Gladman Developments Ltd to build 54 homes in Hook Norton has been refused by Cherwell District Council.
Eco Bicester development approved - 10.51am, 20th March 2015|
A new development for Bicester was approved last night (19 March) by Cherwell District Council's planning committee. The extension to the eco town will see up to 2600 homes built, along with commercial floorspace, social and community facilities, an energy centre and a new primary school. Additionally the development will include landscaping and new vehicle, cycle and pedestrian access routes that aim to shift dependence from private cars to walking and cycling.
Planning approval boost for former ironworks - 10.46am, 20th March 2015|
Cherwell District Council has approved the construction of ten new employment units on a brownfield site near Wroxton.
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