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Online interaction continues to soar - 2.55pm, 23rd July 2014|
More people than ever before are engaging with Cherwell District Council through its website and social media channels, according to a new report.
Bike prizes promote recycling - 11.25am, 22nd July 2014|
Two talented schoolgirls have each been presented with a free second hand bike after winning a colouring competition which was launched at this year's Bicester Big Lunch.
Event will encourage aspiration and achievement - 10.55am, 21st July 2014|
A free event to promote local education, training and apprenticeship opportunities will take place in Banbury to inspire people on the road to employment.
Residents move in as council continues to Build! for the future - 3.34pm, 18th July 2014|
A pioneering project to transform redundant properties into affordable housing opportunities has welcomed the first residents to its latest completion.
Cash on offer to Bicester businesses - 3.02pm, 17th July 2014|
One of the first business owners to receive advertising and website grants from Cherwell District Council has encouraged others to take advantage of the scheme.
Warning over council tax scam - 5.11pm, 16th July 2014|
Residents are being urged to be vigilant against a bogus cold calling scam in which fraudsters offer a council tax rebate in exchange for bank details.
Promotion offers discounted swims and gyms - 5.09pm, 16th July 2014|
A three part offer encouraging young people to take advantage of discounted swim and gym sessions at Cherwell District Council's leisure centres will be launched later this month.
Splash out on swim offer - 4.40pm, 16th July 2014|
People aged between 18 and 25 are being encouraged to splash out on a promotional swimming offer at Woodgreen open air pool in Banbury.
Young people encouraged to workout gym benefits - 4.39pm, 16th July 2014|
Young people looking to improve their fitness are being encouraged to take advantage of a promotional gym offer at Woodgreen Leisure Centre in Banbury.
Free day of play in Banbury - 12.01pm, 14th July 2014|
Children and their parents are being invited to spend the first day of the summer holidays at a special Play Day in Banbury.
Residents receive notice of electoral shake-up - 11.19am, 14th July 2014|
More than 100,000 letters will be sent to Cherwell residents this week informing them of the biggest shake-up of how they register to vote.
Party time at Pioneer Square - 5.58pm, 8th July 2014|
A weekend of promotions, partying and prizes will be on offer at Bicester's Pioneer Square to celebrate the first anniversary of the £75 million development.
Talks continue to secure fulfilment centre - 5.57pm, 8th July 2014|
Meetings are taking place between Cherwell District Council and the Ministry of Defence to secure the future of a 70,400sqm fulfilment centre and hundreds of jobs in Bicester.
Council prepares to address future deficits - 5.49pm, 8th July 2014|
The projected forecast for Cherwell District Council's future financial deficit predicts the council will receive no Revenue Support Grant (RSG) from the Government from 2017/18.
Crews free Langford Village of litter - 3.47pm, 8th July 2014|
An amount of rubbish equal to the weight of a killer whale has been cleared from Langford Village during a targeted blitz of the area.
Council seeks to acquire community woodland - 3.44pm, 8th July 2014|
Proposals to create a community woodland in Bicester have taken a step forward after Cherwell district councillors agreed to look at acquiring the land for just £1.
Council make up set for shake up - 12.15pm, 8th July 2014|
A significant shake up is planned for Cherwell District Council which could reduce both the number of wards and councillors from 2016.
Sports Village continues to move forward - 12.13pm, 8th July 2014|
Plans to create a sports village in Bicester are continuing to move forward with work now underway to prepare the second phase of the project.
Free fun in the sun - 3.17pm, 3rd July 2014|
Activators will tour across Cherwell this summer inviting children and teenagers to take part in free alternative sports sessions.
Contractors appointed to Build! new homes - 11.02am, 3rd July 2014|
Contracts have been signed and hands have been shaken ahead of work beginning to transform redundant housing sites into thriving homes for the future.
Cherwell Link Card offers recreational discounts - 3.34pm, 2nd July 2014|
Residents who are disabled or in receipt of certain benefits could receive 50 per cent off the cost of recreational activities by applying for a Cherwell Link Card.
Budding community groups rewarded - 11.31am, 2nd July 2014|
Free bags of compost are en route to worthy causes across the district following the first community compost giveaway.
Residents encouraged to reveal recycling habits - 11.10am, 2nd July 2014|
Residents are being asked to complete a short questionnaire about their recycling habits to help ascertain what can be done to divert more waste away from landfill.
Bin sales peak during anniversary year - 10.28am, 2nd July 2014|
Residents across Cherwell have shown a continued desire to recycle by purchasing a record number of blue and brown bins during the past financial year.
Something for the parents - 9.46am, 30th June 2014|
Parents dropping their children off to this year's summer hubs are being invited to join in the fun by taking part in adult exercise taster sessions.
Residents invited to comment on eco town - 1.21pm, 26th June 2014|
Feedback is being sought on the future of Bicester's eco town after a draft masterplan was submitted to Cherwell District Council outlining where 6,000 homes, employment space and amenities will be located.
Free course for would-be athletes - 5.15pm, 25th June 2014|
A summer of javelins, jogging and jumping is on offer to young people who sign up for free athletics training sessions in Banbury.
Summer canoe courses launched for young people - 4.33pm, 25th June 2014|
Teenagers and young adults looking to take up a new sport over the summer are being invited to dabble with a paddle and take up canoeing.
Cash boost for broadband - 1.14pm, 24th June 2014|
Superfast broadband provision across Cherwell came a step closer last night (23 June) when the council's Executive backed a recommendation to invest £500,000.
Bright future for Brighter Futures - 11.49am, 24th June 2014|
Banbury can look forward to an even brighter future following a report into a successful council initiative. On Monday (23 June) Cherwell District Council's Executive agreed the report on the Banbury Brighter Futures project, which has been running for just over four years. The project aims to support Banbury individuals and families most in need.
Green light for council performance - 11.30am, 24th June 2014|
Despite tough performance targets and challenging economic environment Cherwell District Council has met, or made significant progress on, 95 per cent of its performance targets.
Village homes approved to meet housing targets - 12.31pm, 20th June 2014|
Plans for 31 homes to be built opposite a new development site in Adderbury have been approved to help meet Government housing targets.
Reduction in homes fails to secure planning consent - 11.30am, 20th June 2014|
A developer who sought approval to build 25 homes in Adderbury has had its application refused just months after being denied permission for 26 homes at the same site.
Bicester Village expansion offers Value for money - 10.54am, 20th June 2014|
A fashion outlet at Bicester Village has received permission to extend its store size to offer an additional 961sqm of floor space.
Development would harm historic setting - 10.49am, 20th June 2014|
A "sporadic, unsustainable and incongruous" planning application to build up to nine homes in Merton has been turned down by Cherwell District Council.
Distribution use approved for historic employment site - 10.34am, 20th June 2014|
An historical employment site which played a key part in World War II could be brought back into use after standing empty for six years.
Permission granted for £6.5 million community building - 10.29am, 20th June 2014|
The final phase of Bicester's Pioneer Square development to provide an iconic community building and gateway to the town has been given the thumbs up by councillors.
Sign up for summer fun - 10.57am, 19th June 2014|
Six weeks of sun and fun are on offer to youngsters over the school holidays with the return of Cherwell District Council's Summer Hubs.
Memorial grant marks WW1 anniversary - 10.21am, 18th June 2014|
With the one hundredth anniversary of World War One in everyone's thoughts this year it's timely that Cherwell District Council is asking for submissions for a new grant to help restore war memorials.
Advance warning of car park closure - 3.38pm, 17th June 2014|
A section of Banbury's Horsefair West car park, to the right of the cinema entrance, will be closed from 6am until about 1pm on 28 June.
Blitz set to sweep across Langford Village - 12.01pm, 17th June 2014|
Recycling freebies and promotions will be on offer to Langford Village residents to coincide with a targeted clean-up of the area.
All change at the top - 10.55am, 17th June 2014|
It is all change at the top as Cherwell District Council welcomes new faces to the roles of chairman, vice chairman and its executive committee.
Companies approved to deliver Graven Hill vision - 10.53am, 17th June 2014|
Ownership of the UK's largest self-build housing project will be transferred to a new company which has been established with the sole purpose of delivering the scheme.
Sign up for new Nordic walking course - 10.53am, 13th June 2014|
A Nordic walking course will offer people the opportunity to try something new as part of Cherwell District Council's Go Active, Get Healthy initiative.
Appeal dismissed for 200 homes - 4.45pm, 11th June 2014|
A Government planning inspector has rejected plans for 200 homes in Caversfield, describing the scheme as an "isolated bubble of housing development".
Recycling team hits the road - 4.44pm, 11th June 2014|
A promotional roadshow will tour around Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington during National Recycling Week to encourage residents to recycle One More Thing.
Enjoy alfresco shopping at summer market - 4.43pm, 11th June 2014|
A summer market will transform Kidlington High Street into an alfresco shopping experience offering visitors the chance to browse a selection of unique and specialist stalls.
Innovative scheme allows council to Build! for the future - 10.59am, 10th June 2014|
The UK's first project which promises to regenerate brownfield sites, address housing shortfalls and put first time buyers on the property ladder will receive £16.5 million funding from the council leading the scheme.
Award for EcoBicester - 10.26am, 10th June 2014|
On 2 June, at the John Paul II Centre in Bicester, Cherwell District Council's EcoBicester project won the National Energy Foundation regional awards. It means that the project can now move forward to the next stage, the international awards to be held in in the Netherlands in November.
Town coordinators lead Banbury vitality initiative - 2.30pm, 9th June 2014|
Two new town team coordinators will drive a project focusing on boosting footfall, reducing empty shops, and bringing pop up and community shop concepts to Banbury.
Clean sweep of 30 years service for street cleaner - 2.01pm, 6th June 2014|
A loveable litter picker who has spent more than half his life walking approximately 108,000 miles to remove an estimated 1,800 tonnes of litter from Bicester will celebrate 30 years in the job on Wednesday.
Score a free blue bin this World Cup - 4.31pm, 4th June 2014|
Football fans can hope to win more than just the World Cup this tournament as Cherwell District Council prepares to host its first golden ticket giveaway to win a free blue bin.
Kidlington to host faith forum - 2.28pm, 4th June 2014|
Kidlington is the location for the next faith forum, organised by Cherwell District Council. It will be held on 17 June at Exeter Hall starting at 7pm. The Cherwell faith forum is an event where faith groups can meet representatives of organisations to help shape service provision.
Nominate causes for community compost giveaway - 10.21am, 2nd June 2014|
Organisations which help or benefit the community are being invited to apply for free bags of compost and wildflower seeds from Cherwell District Council.
On yer bike - 1.03pm, 30th May 2014|
Bicester residents are being encouraged to straddle the saddle and take part in one of two organised cycle rides to promote an improved bike loan initiative in the town.
Tell us what you think - 3.37pm, 27th May 2014|
Cherwell District Council is once again asking residents for feedback on the services we provide. The council has undertaken a satisfaction survey every year since 2006, using the feedback to continually improve services.
Awards celebrate achievements in Cherwell - 6.02pm, 22nd May 2014|
The great and the good from across north Oxfordshire came together to be celebrated at the third annual Cherwell Business Awards.
Dive into summer at open air pool - 4.43pm, 20th May 2014|
Adults, teenagers and children are being invited to soak up the sun at Banbury's outdoor pool when it opens for summer later this month.
Additional homes approved at Heyford - 10.00am, 16th May 2014|
A former RAF base that has been approved for housing will incorporate an additional 60 properties following a decision to further develop the site.
Electoral registrations exceed 100,000 - 4.52pm, 15th May 2014|
With just one week to go until polling day, more than 100,000 people living in Cherwell have registered to vote in next week's European elections.
Barking mad if you're not registered - 11.07am, 15th May 2014|
A record number of free identity tags have been issued to dogs across Cherwell in the same year the scheme was acknowledged with the RSPCA's Innovator Award.
Celebrating art in Bicester - 10.20am, 13th May 2014|
A series of events designed to promote and celebrate art in Bicester will take place in the town this weekend.
Show your love for Banbury Market - 10.18am, 13th May 2014|
A collection of guest stallholders have been invited to set up shop at Banbury Market this weekend to celebrate the national Love Your Local Market campaign.
Thousands turn out for compost giveaway - 10.16am, 13th May 2014|
Thousands of residents turned out to claim 2,650 bags of free compost totalling 30 tonnes in weight at Cherwell District Council's seventh annual compost giveaway.
Volunteers clean up Cherwell - 10.14am, 13th May 2014|
Volunteers have handpicked more than two tonnes of rubbish from across the district during Cherwell's annual spring clean.
Nominations received for 2014 elections - 10.13am, 13th May 2014|
A list of candidates who are competing for 16 seats on Cherwell District Council has been confirmed ahead of local and European elections on Thursday 22 May.
Event offers knockout entertainment - 9.57am, 9th May 2014|
Competitors will be pulling no punches at a national boxing competition taking place at Woodgreen Leisure Centre in Banbury.
Sign up early to avoid disappointment - 6.02pm, 7th May 2014|
Parents interested in enrolling their children to Cherwell District Council's Half Term Hubs are being encouraged to register early following a record-breaking turnout at Easter.
Bicester Job Club celebrates five years - 4.45pm, 7th May 2014|
A job club which has helped 2,000 people on the road to employment will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a special job fair in Bicester.
Bag a bargain and boost bee numbers - 11.50am, 25th April 2014|
There is a buzz surrounding this year's compost giveaway with residents being offered free wildflower seeds to help save the declining number of bees.
Councillors reject village wind turbine - 11.47am, 25th April 2014|
Plans for a 77 metre high wind turbine which received more than 350 letters of objection have been refused over fears its presence would cause harm to the historic environment.
Plans approved for assisted living units - 11.45am, 25th April 2014|
The site of a former bargain centre in Bicester is to be transformed into 40 assisted living units under plans which were approved by Cherwell District Council.
Stabilisation works approved to protect railway embankment - 11.43am, 25th April 2014|
A two-kilometre stretch of railway embankment carrying a major commuter route will be stabilised at Piddington to prevent the land from collapsing.
Hate crime explained at awareness event - 10.20am, 24th April 2014|
Residents will be able to learn more about hate crime and the support available to victims at a free awareness event taking place in Banbury.
New clubhouse agreed for Bodicote - 11.30am, 7th March 2014|
Banbury Rugby Club is set to get a new clubhouse following a decision by Cherwell District Council's planning committee yesterday (6 March).
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All the fun of the fair! - 10.38am, 3rd October 2013|
Bright lights, loud music and excitable screams will form the backdrop for Banbury as the town welcomes the return of the annual Michaelmas Fair.
Shop for the perfect present at canalside market - 2.23pm, 2nd October 2013|
Shoppers looking to purchase unique gifts for themselves or others should visit the annual Banbury Arts and Crafts Market on Sunday (6 October) where charming crafts and perfect presents will be on sale.
When is a landlady not a landlady? - 2.23pm, 1st October 2013|
When she's your partner. And it's not a joke. Following an investigation by Cherwell District Council, Mr Martyn Charles Boughton, 57, of Springfield Avenue, Banbury appeared at Banbury Magistrates Court on 17 September and pleaded guilty to knowingly failing to disclose a change in circumstances that affected his claims to Housing Benefit.
Green team clocks up over 16 tonnes of rubbish - 11.25am, 1st October 2013|
The amount of rubbish cleared from the streets of Kidlington during a five-day blitz of the area has exceeded the weight of the Big Ben bell.
image depicting RSPCA award
Dog warden service retrieves gold award - 11.45am, 27th September 2013|
Homeless hounds and missing mongrels are receiving the highest standard of care by Cherwell's dog warden service according to an RSPCA award.
Council seeks advice over appeal decisions - 5.04pm, 24th September 2013|
Legal advice is being sought by Cherwell District Council after four major planning applications were all granted approval upon appeal.
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