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The Cooper School triumphs in first Cherwell Democracy Challenge - 4.29pm, 24th November 2015|
The first ever Cherwell Democracy Challenge saw six of the district's schools participating in a day-long competitive debating session and using the opportunity to find out about democratic institutions first hand.
Free car parking starts this Saturday - 2.59pm, 24th November 2015|
Don't forget that the Christmas free festive parking offer starts on Saturday.
Fifth birthday for food hygiene scheme - 1.56pm, 24th November 2015|
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) was launched five years ago on 30 November and Cherwell District Council is celebrating its success.
New duty to fit alarms - 2.10pm, 20th November 2015|
If you are a landlord with privately rented property you have had new responsibilities from 1 October.
Become a has bin with recycling sale - 4.25pm, 17th November 2015|
The start of the Christmas countdown has signalled the return of Cherwell District Council's festive bin sale.
Relish the flavours at Fine Foods Market - 3.32pm, 12th November 2015|
Tasty treats, things to eat and savoury sweets will be tempting the crowds when the Fine Foods Market makes its return to Banbury.
Team will preen and clean to make estate pristine - 9.54am, 11th November 2015|
Members of Cherwell District Council's green team will undertake a targeted blitz in Banbury to create neat streets and an ornate estate.
Two minutes silence - 9.19am, 11th November 2015|
Cherwell District Council will be marking this year's Armistice commemoration by joining the national two minutes silence at 11 am on 11 November.
Deck the halls and browse the stalls at Christmas market - 11.23am, 9th November 2015|
Christmas shoppers looking for perfect presents, divine decorations or gorgeous gifts can browse the stalls at a special festive market taking place in Banbury.
Maintenance to payment management system - 3.56pm, 5th November 2015|
Maintenance is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 8 November between 4am and 6am which will impact the use of some of the council's payment channels.
Bang goes the celebrations - 5.46pm, 4th November 2015|
Residents are being reminded to follow basic safety guidelines in the run up to bonfire night to ensure their celebrations do not go up in flames.
Have Faith in the Community - 2.27pm, 4th November 2015|
Inter Faith Week takes place this year from 15 November and Cherwell District Council is marking it with a community event, Have Faith in the Community, on 21 November, in Grimsbury.
Weston on the Green on track for neighbourhood plan - 2.10pm, 4th November 2015|
Weston on the Green is the latest parish to pursue its own neighbourhood development plan, following approval from Cherwell District Council's executive on 2 November. The decision follows an application from Weston on the Green Parish Council.
Residents Build! a brighter future - 12.55pm, 3rd November 2015|
The future residents of a major regeneration project in Banbury have started work to turn their new flats into a home.
NOTICE OF UNCONTESTED ELECTION - 4.58pm, 30th October 2015|
Election of a Parish Councillor for Stratton Audley Parish Council On Thursday 26 November 2015
North West Bicester heads in the right direction - 3.02pm, 30th October 2015|
Planning permission has been granted for the next stage of the UK's most sustainable housing development based at North West Bicester.
Councillors' grave decision to expand cemetery - 11.19am, 30th October 2015|
A Banbury cemetery has been given permission to expand after it was revealed the town will run out of burial plots within nine years.
Members agree to accommodate hotel extension - 11.18am, 30th October 2015|
An upmarket hotel on the outskirts of Bicester is set to double in size after permission was granted for an additional 62 bedrooms.
Challenge set to pounce and trounce with speed bounce - 11.05am, 30th October 2015|
Youngsters have been set their latest challenge by Cherwell District Council's activators who have tasked them with beating 69 speed bounces in 30 seconds.
Be serene and green this Halloween - 10.16am, 30th October 2015|
Revellers planning to join in with Halloween traditions are being encouraged to be considerate of their neighbours and the environment.
Residents to benefit from online service - 3.49pm, 28th October 2015|
Residents are being encouraged to utilise a new online service which will enable housing benefit and council tax reduction claims to be assessed within three working days.
Rubbish truck ride has bin a dream come true - 11.38am, 28th October 2015|
A little boy who spends each week waving to the bin crews despite battling Leukaemia has enjoyed a special ride in a collection truck.
Free from 3 - 3.17pm, 26th October 2015|
Christmas is coming early for Cherwell residents as council-owned and operated car parks are set to provide free festive parking.
Executive meeting to start early - 1.44pm, 23rd October 2015|
The start time for Cherwell District Council's 2 November Executive meeting has been brought forward to 5.30pm. The usual start time for Executive meetings is 6.30pm.
Canvassers chase outstanding forms - 5.26pm, 20th October 2015|
Canvassers will spend the next four weeks knocking on more than 17,500 doors across Cherwell to collect outstanding electoral registration forms.
Cash boost for Woodgreen Leisure Centre - 5.03pm, 20th October 2015|
Woodgreen Leisure Centre is looking forward to a bright future, with Cherwell District Council agreeing a cash boost of up to £130,000 for building work and improvements.
Award winner champions recycling issues - 3.48pm, 20th October 2015|
An "enthusiastic and passionate" recycling officer has been named Recycling Champion of the Year at the 2015 national Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) awards.
Nordic pole vaults walkers to fitness - 3.44pm, 20th October 2015|
People looking to take the first step towards a healthy new hobby are being invited to sign up for a new Nordic walking course in Bodicote.
Bag a freebie and avoid the 5p charge - 1.22pm, 9th October 2015|
Free bags for life are being given away by Cherwell District Council to help cut the 18 million plastic bags given away across the district in a single year.
Partners win a P.E.A green award - 1.21pm, 9th October 2015|
The on-going efforts to create an environmentally-friendly and sustainable community in Bicester have been rewarded at a national awards ceremony.
Appetite needed to reduce food waste - 1.09pm, 9th October 2015|
Community groups in Bicester are being encouraged to nominate their town to receive up to £1 million of funding to help reduce household waste.
Council agrees to explore recycling provision - 11.14am, 8th October 2015|
The provision of a new depot in Bicester with the capacity to operate a household waste recycling centre (HWRC) is to be further explored to replace the threatened facilities at Ardley.
Frosty reaction to freezer flytip - 9.37am, 8th October 2015|
A farmer has been forced to pay an undisclosed amount to remove more than a dozen fridge freezers which were dumped on his land.
Enjoy a pizza Italy with visiting food market - 10.32am, 7th October 2015|
Plentiful pastas, scrumptious salami and perfect pizzas will be among the tasty treats on the menu when an Italian Food Market pitches up in Bicester on Saturday (10 October).
Get into the spirit with Halloween hubs - 10.30am, 7th October 2015|
The booking lines have opened for Cherwell District Council's half term holiday hubs which will adopt a Halloween theme for its usual array of activities.
Thrills and spills as fair returns to town - 10.29am, 7th October 2015|
Banbury will be transformed into an array of heights, lights and frights as the Michaelmas Fair makes its annual return to the town centre.
Bicester Transport Strategy continues to drive forward - 10.27am, 7th October 2015|
Work to deliver a sustainable transport network in Bicester is continuing to move forward with councillors agreeing to the development of a detailed action plan.
Hook Norton Neighbourhood Plan approved - 10.17am, 7th October 2015|
Hook Norton agreed to a neighbourhood plan in a village referendum held in September. Now Cherwell District Council's executive has endorsed the plan with a recommendation that it be adopted by the full council.
Council aims for Bicester cleaner air - 9.53am, 7th October 2015|
Kings End, Queens Avenue and Field Street, Bicester are to be designated an air quality management area (AQMA) following a decision by Cherwell District Council last night.
Boiler scheme to return with red hot offer - 4.30pm, 2nd October 2015|
Bicester residents need not sweat over the cost of replacing an old or broken boiler with the return of Cherwell District Council's £300 first-come-first-served cashback offer.
Bright future for solar farm - 3.31pm, 2nd October 2015|
A solar farm which will use 20,000 photovoltaic panels to power 1,515 homes each year has been approved after councillors felt it was adequately shielded from public view.
on line payments - 1.36pm, 2nd October 2015|
Our on line payments system is now fully functional again.
Out of town retail park is out of luck - 1.19pm, 2nd October 2015|
Proposals to build an out of town retail park to the south of Bicester have been rejected over fears it would harm the town centre, create traffic chaos and cause congestion.
Building across the generations - 1.16pm, 2nd October 2015|
Vacant buildings at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College are set to be demolished to make way for 78 extra care apartments in Banbury.
Cross-boundary development receives cross-boundary refusal - 1.13pm, 2nd October 2015|
A "controversial" proposal to double the size of Woodstock with a cross-boundary development encompassing 1,200 new homes, employment land and amenities has been rejected by a second council in as many weeks.
Stable plans are hot to trot - 1.09pm, 2nd October 2015|
Plans have been approved to change and extend an existing agricultural building to provide accommodation and exercise areas for horses in Murcott.
Wind turbine appeal fails to spin decision - 10.26am, 2nd October 2015|
A Government planning inspector has agreed with Cherwell District Council to refuse plans for a 77-metre high wind turbine in Mollington.
Kidlington ten tonnes cleaner following blitz - 10.24am, 2nd October 2015|
A week-long campaign to clean-up Kidlington has removed more than ten tonnes of rubbish from homes, streets and open spaces.
Grimsbury and Castle by-election result - 9.02am, 2nd October 2015|
The result of the Grimsbury and Castle ward election for Cherwell District Council, held on 1 October 2015 is:
Bicester's new addition reaches its peak - 12.03pm, 1st October 2015|
The identity of the latest addition to Bicester's Pioneer Square has been unveiled at a topping out ceremony to mark the installation of the building's highest structural feature.
Free electric blanket testing - 11.22am, 28th September 2015|
Cherwell District Council is supporting Oxfordshire County Council in arranging free electric blanket testing to help people stay safe as well as warm. Free tests will be available in October at 10 venues throughout Oxfordshire.
Council scoops another award - 5.38pm, 25th September 2015|
Proving that it is at the forefront of providing solutions for affordable housing as well as promoting self build, Cherwell District Council has once again picked up an award for its pioneering Build! project and the Graven Hill development.
£80k sees next stage of The Hill rebuild confirmed - 9.48am, 25th September 2015|
The next stage of renovating The Hill Youth and Community Centre in Bretch Hill, Banbury, is set to go ahead after Cherwell District Council confirmed further funding of £80k at its recent executive meeting.
Cherwell's performance on target - 1.50pm, 9th September 2015|
At its meeting on 7 September Cherwell District Council's executive heard a progress report on the council's achievements for the first quarter of 2015. The report covers performance against the council's business plan, including its public pledges, corporate equalities plan and major programmes.
Gold star to visit canoe club - 10.28am, 3rd September 2015|
An Olympic gold medallist who took victory in the London 2012 canoeing will visit members of Cherwell Canoe Club in Banbury.
Inspector upholds council's decision - 11.36am, 2nd September 2015|
A Government planning inspector has dismissed an appeal from a developer seeking to build 95 homes in Kirtlington, concluding that the proposal would cause "very substantial" harm and "cannot be said to represent sustainable development".
September planning committee to start early - 5.00pm, 27th August 2015|
The start time for Cherwell District Council's planning committee in September has been brought forward to accommodate a large agenda.
Nominations sought for vacant Grimsbury and Castle seats - 5.09pm, 25th August 2015|
Notices of election have been published for Banbury's Grimsbury and Castle wards following the death of Cllr Ann Bonner.
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
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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