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Council bags two rubbish prosecutions - 5.03pm, 30th January 2015|
 
Two separate prosecutions have been brought against flytippers who each dumped rubbish in open spaces.
Council responds to Cherwell boundary change proposals - 4.47pm, 28th January 2015|
 
Plans to revise Cherwell District Council's ward boundaries have been discussed by members at a special meeting.
Ask elections team for advice - 12.34pm, 28th January 2015|
 
A series of drop in sessions have been organised in Cherwell and South Northamptonshire to assist voters with any questions regarding this year's elections which are taking place on Thursday, 7 May 2015.
Pool closed for swimming gala - 3.11pm, 26th January 2015|
 
The main pool at Spiceball Leisure Centre in Banbury will be closed from 5pm on Saturday (31 January) to allow for a swimming gala.
Organisers celebrate Volunteer Fair debut - 3.10pm, 26th January 2015|
 
Organisers of Banbury Brighter Future's inaugural Volunteer Fair have promised the event will be the first of many following a successful launch in the town.
Consultation extended to invite stakeholder feedback - 9.46am, 26th January 2015|
 
Residents and stakeholders are being given more time to comment on the document which will guide the layout and delivery of 6,000 sustainable homes at North West Bicester.
Seminar gets the allergen message across - 4.39pm, 23rd January 2015|
 
Bodicote House was the venue on Tuesday (20 January) as representatives from 110 food businesses packed in to a seminar to brush up on regulations that came into effect last December.
Paying council tax does not automatically register you to vote - 11.14am, 23rd January 2015|
 
Residents who move house are being reminded that registering for council tax does not automatically register them on the electoral roll.
Approval granted for 350 homes in Banbury - 10.48am, 23rd January 2015|
 
Revised proposals to build up to 350 homes on agricultural land south of Salt Way in Banbury have been approved after the initial planning application was amended.
Car park to remain in use - 10.23am, 23rd January 2015|
 
Permission has been granted to continue using the site of the former leisure centre as a car park until work begins on a major regeneration project.
Minor development given green light in Milcombe - 10.21am, 23rd January 2015|
 
Two new houses have been approved in Milcombe after councillors agreed the small-scale development would not have a significant impact on the village.
Council shortlisted for awards - 11.29am, 21st January 2015|
 
The Local Government Chronicle (LGC) has published its award short list and Cherwell District Council has made the grade in two categories. Over two hundred organisations have entered the awards, with Cherwell being shortlisted in both the Innovation and Most Improved Council sections.
Fun centres on hubs - 3.02pm, 20th January 2015|
 
The booking lines have opened today (Tuesday) ahead of the launch of Cherwell District Council's first Half Term Hubs in February.
Debt awareness events across Cherwell - 1.06pm, 20th January 2015|
 
Residents will be able to find out more about tackling debt through a series of events during national Debt Awareness Week.
Job begins to find employers - 2.26pm, 19th January 2015|
 
Employers looking to advertise vacancies for free are being encouraged to sign up for a place at this year's job fairs.
Rural districts unite to fight county bid for unitary takeover - 1.07pm, 19th January 2015|
 
Joint statement issued on behalf of the Leaders of Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse and West Oxfordshire District Councils
Bollard posts a warning to motorists - 6.03pm, 15th January 2015|
 
Traffic has been physically prevented from driving along Kidlington High Street following the commissioning of a rising bollard.
Go green in 2015 and support blitz - 3.21pm, 15th January 2015|
 
Residents of a Banbury estate are being encouraged to Go Green in 2015 by supporting a blitz of the area.
Build! yourself up to taking the first step - 4.43pm, 14th January 2015|
 
First time buyers looking to get a foot on the property ladder in 2015 are being encouraged to consider Cherwell District Council's award-winning Build! project.
Opening statements heard at public inquiry - 4.14pm, 14th January 2015|
 
The opening statements have been heard at a public inquiry as Cherwell District Council continues to oppose plans for 54 new homes in Hook Norton.
Cherwell Business Awards - 4.09pm, 14th January 2015|
 
The deadline for nominations, 30 January, is fast approaching.
Kick start fitness regime - 4.54pm, 12th January 2015|
 
Two new fitness classes are promising to pack a punch and help people on a health kick when they are launched in Kidlington.
United bid to prevent homelessness - 6.25pm, 9th January 2015|
 
A grant of more than £200,000 has been awarded to a consortium of organisations to help prevent ex-offenders from becoming homeless upon their release from prison.
Browse the charitable market at Volunteer Fair - 4.41pm, 9th January 2015|
 
Residents looking to gain valuable work experience or give something back to the community can find out more about voluntary opportunities at a special event in Banbury.
Still time to have your say on new council ward boundaries - 3.46pm, 9th January 2015|
 
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is currently consulting local people on its draft proposals for new ward boundaries across Cherwell district. The consultation closes on 16 February 2015.
Community Bank comes to Kidlington - 1.51pm, 9th January 2015|
 
Following its launch last summer, Cherwell District Council is set to expand the successful Community Bank by adding a new service point in Kidlington.
Woodstock feedback to be made through Cherwell - 9.56am, 8th January 2015|
 
Feedback on plans for up to 1,500 homes, a primary school and retail and employment space on land which straddles two district borders should be made through Cherwell District Council.
Planning inspector inclined to protect Crouch Hill - 1.16pm, 6th January 2015|
 
A Government planning inspector has upheld Cherwell District Council's decision to refuse controversial plans for 117 homes on the outskirts of Banbury at Crouch Hill.
Putt yourself in the swing of things - 10.05am, 6th January 2015|
 
Budding golfers are being encouraged to swing into action and take advantage of two new affordable golfing courses being launched in Bloxham.
Hundreds give the gift of recycling at Christmas - 3.33pm, 5th January 2015|
 
Phones and tablets may have topped the present wish list but in Cherwell more than 750 households splashed out on a new recycling bin for Christmas.
Stick old Christmas trees in the brown bin - 3.57pm, 2nd January 2015|
 
With the Christmas and New Year celebrations now over, residents will be taking down festive lights and tidying away decorations.
Out with the old and in with the new - 3.48pm, 2nd January 2015|
 
Residents who have splashed out on new furniture, electricals or white goods in the January sales are being reminded Cherwell District Council will remove old items as part of its bulky waste collection service.
Fit health classes into New Year regime - 1.01pm, 2nd January 2015|
 
People who have made New Year's resolutions to get fit or lose weight are being encouraged to sign up to Cherwell District Council's new fitness sessions to help them achieve their goals.
Work set to start on Bicester Community Building - 11.11am, 2nd January 2015|
 
Work will begin in January on the construction of Bicester's new community building, symbolising the final stage of the Pioneer Square regeneration project.
Inspector to decide on plan for the future - 4.45pm, 29th December 2014|
 
The final decision on whether to implement Cherwell District Council's submitted Local Plan is expected to be announced by a Government planning inspector in spring 2015.
Hot offer of cash grant to improve energy efficiency - 4.12pm, 29th December 2014|
 
An award of up to £10,800 is on offer to one property in Banbury to help fund home insulation and reduce energy bills.
New year - new job? - 11.02am, 23rd December 2014|
 
Cherwell's popular job clubs will be kicking off the New Year with sessions in Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington.
Councillors reject Hook Norton homes - 12.24pm, 19th December 2014|
 
Controversial plans to extend the boundary of Hook Norton with a development of 48 new homes have been rejected by councillors.
A bin is for life, not just for Christmas - 6.25pm, 18th December 2014|
 
There is just one week left for people to take advantage of Cherwell District Council's Winter Bin Sale and purchase a new recycling bin for just £10.
Help shape the future of North West Bicester - 1.41pm, 18th December 2014|
 
Feedback is being sought on the document which will be used to guide the layout and delivery of the sustainable development of 6,000 homes at North West Bicester.
Cherwell plans for the future with multi million pound proposals - 11.55am, 18th December 2014|
 
Views are being sought on multi million pound proposals to protect Cherwell District Council's services through a confederation model and joint working with other councils.
Town team initiative brings pink pig back to Banbury - 1.28pm, 15th December 2014|
 
A popular Banbury vinyl records business is back in the town centre, five years since it left. Thanks to an initiative by the Banbury town team, Record Savings (AKA Pink Pig) has taken on a unit in Church Lane to sell its mix of vinyl, cds, posters and gifts.
Christmas opening hours and bin collections - 3.32pm, 12th December 2014|
 
Residents are being advised to make a note of changes to Cherwell District Council's opening hours and bin collections over the festive period.
"Exciting" times ahead for Bicester - 3.31pm, 12th December 2014|
 
The Government Minister with responsibility for Housing and Planning has described Bicester's proposed expansion as "hugely exciting" during a special visit to the town.
You're hired! Contractor appointed to lead apprentices - 3.29pm, 12th December 2014|
 
A team of apprentices has started to learn the tricks of the construction trade following the awarding of a £50,000 grant to an Oxfordshire contractor.
More call for pickleball - 3.27pm, 12th December 2014|
 
A new sport which was temporarily introduced to Cherwell District Council's sporting itinerary is set to continue following a high uptake by residents.
Letters land litter lout in court - 11.51am, 10th December 2014|
 
A litter lout who dumped household rubbish containing his name and address on farmland in Duns Tew has been ordered to pay more than £800 in fines, court and clean-up costs.
Prison for pensioner who pilfered £69,000 benefits - 11.49am, 10th December 2014|
 
An 80-year-old pensioner who fraudulently claimed almost £70,000 in benefits over an eight year period will spend Christmas behind bars after being sentenced to 40 weeks in prison for his crimes.
Drive by and recycle - 2.38pm, 9th December 2014|
 
Residents are being encouraged to drive by a layby and recycle following the introduction of three more glass recycling sites in Cherwell.
Adopt a flexible approach to the new year with yoga - 2.35pm, 9th December 2014|
 
Two new yoga classes are being launched in Kidlington to help people keep their new year's resolution to get fit.
Local Plan examination set to resume - 4.04pm, 4th December 2014|
 
A Government planning inspector will return to Cherwell District Council next week to resume his scrutiny of the document outlining where to build 22,800 homes by 2031.
Government awards Bicester Garden Town status - 12.56pm, 2nd December 2014|
 
Bicester is to receive a multi-million pound award to fund the delivery of 13,000 homes, 21,500 jobs and a new motorway junction after being awarded Garden Town status by the Government.
Support for Small Business Saturday - 4.17pm, 1st December 2014|
 
To support Small Business Saturday on 6 December, all Cherwell District Council owned car parks will be free for the day.
Affordable homes for Sibford Ferris - 11.21am, 28th November 2014|
 
Sibford Ferris is set to benefit from six new affordable homes following a decision from Cherwell District Council's planning Committee last night (27 November).
Register pooches for an early Christmas present - 4.02pm, 27th November 2014|
 
As Christmas shopping begins to take hold, dog owners are being encouraged to pick up the perfect present for their pooch by registering for a free identity tag.
Gearing up for the season of goodwill - 11.07am, 27th November 2014|
 
Customers who book an MOT with Cherwell District Council will receive a free winter check, mince pie and hot drink in the run up to Christmas Eve.
College's cricket set bats off competition to win contest - 5.35pm, 20th November 2014|
 
A vice which transforms into a children's cricket set was named the winning creation at a competition between three educational establishments in Bicester.
Bike prize will light up children's faces - 5.06pm, 18th November 2014|
 
Youngsters in Bicester are being offered the chance to turn on the town's Christmas lights and win a bike by taking part in a festive competition.
Deadline looms for Local Heritage Assets suggestions - 4.08pm, 17th November 2014|
 
Time is running out for people to put forward recommendations of monuments and buildings to be included within a Register of Local Heritage Assets.
Enjoy fitness progression at zumboga session - 10.03am, 17th November 2014|
 
Ladies looking for a new way to keep fit and active are being encouraged to attend zumboga sessions in Banbury.
Christmas signals return of recycling bin sale - 3.31pm, 14th November 2014|
 
Residents are being offered the opportunity to purchase additional recycling bins at a discounted rate with the return of the £10 winter bin sale.
Majority of residents confirmed on electoral register - 3.28pm, 14th November 2014|
 
A total of 94 per cent of electors in the Cherwell area have now had their details confirmed on the new electoral register.
Pledge plastic support at evening roadshows - 3.26pm, 14th November 2014|
 
A series of evening recycling roadshows will be held to promote Cherwell District Council's support for the national Pledge 4 Plastics campaign during European Waste Reduction week.
Recycling team set shining example - 3.23pm, 14th November 2014|
 
Members of Cherwell District Council's green team are hoping to brighten residents' day by handing out freebies at three Christmas lights switch-ons.
New sport gets players in a pickle - 3.19pm, 14th November 2014|
 
Residents looking to try their hand at a new sport are being encouraged to join a new pickleball course in Bloxham.
Enjoy a taste of the continent - 5.02pm, 13th November 2014|
 
Residents looking to indulge in a choice of cheeses, batches of bread and plenty of pastries are being encouraged to visit a touring French market when it comes to Banbury and Bicester.
Plenty of fun at fundraiser - 2.33pm, 12th November 2014|
 
Schoolchildren are being invited to try a new sport for free as part of a series of events being planned in support of Children in Need.
Build! scheme to house educational opportunities - 2.29pm, 12th November 2014|
 
Banbury's former ambulance station is to be demolished to provide affordable housing opportunities for adults in education and training.
Play sessions offer youngsters a sense of fun - 2.25pm, 12th November 2014|
 
Weekly play sessions designed to stimulate babies and toddlers have been launched in Duns Tew.
New rules on allergens for food businesses - 2.00pm, 10th November 2014|
 
New EU rules for food businesses take effect from December, affecting the way they provide allergen information. Councils across the country are working with the Food Standards Agency to make sure businesses know what to do and how to provide safe food for those with food allergies and intolerances.
Half term events create a hub of activity - 3.57pm, 3rd November 2014|
 
Organisers of Cherwell District Council's holiday hubs have vowed to host more events in the future following the successful launch of its first October sessions.
Council makes a racket about new tennis club - 2.08pm, 3rd November 2014|
 
A new tennis club is being served up to ladies in Bicester as part of an ongoing initiative to create more sporting opportunities for women.
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