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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.
Open house will showcase apartments - 10.46am, 22nd May 2015|
The results of a nine month restoration project to convert an early 1900's building into four stylish new apartments will be put on show to the public at special open house event.
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.
Local charity is the big winner at the Cherwell Business Awards - 9.38am, 20th May 2015|
The prestigious 2015 Cherwell Business Awards Gala Dinner brought together 200 guests to celebrate the hard work, success and entrepreneurship of business people within North Oxfordshire.
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.
Countdown is on for May Holiday Hubs - 11.48am, 18th May 2015|
With the countdown now on until the half term break, places are filling up fast for Cherwell District Council's holiday hubs.
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.
Volunteers pool support to plant borders - 1.29pm, 14th May 2015|
Members of a Banbury youth club have been busy planting floral borders at the town's open air pool ahead of its official opening.
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.
Cherwell backs Food Safety Week - 4.50pm, 13th May 2015|
Most people love chicken. It's a healthy and versatile food that many will eat for Sunday lunch or for barbecues on sunny afternoons. A recent Food Standards Agency (FSA) poll showed 73 per cent of us eat chicken every week in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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.
Booking lines open for May Holiday Hubs - 5.07pm, 6th May 2015|
With the half term break less than three weeks away, booking lines have now opened for Cherwell District Council's popular holiday hubs.
Job fair breaks attendance records - 3.47pm, 5th May 2015|
Bicester job fair is going from strength to strength with a record turnout for last week's event (29 April).
What next for the Hill? - 3.40pm, 5th May 2015|
That was the question being asked on 2 and 27 April when consultation got underway on the future of the Hill Youth and Community Centre near Bretch Hill, Banbury.
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.
Getting help with Universal Credit - 4.59pm, 1st May 2015|
Universal Credit is a new state benefit for working age people. It replaces income-based Jobseekers' Allowance, income-related Employment Support Allowance, Income Support, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Housing Benefit.
A chance to find out more about dementia - 3.06pm, 30th April 2015|
Cherwell District Council is working with the Royal Voluntary Service to host a dementia awareness event on 5 May at the Royal Voluntary Service, Cornhill Centre, Castle Street, Banbury. The event runs from 10.30am to 4pm.
Thousands turn out for free compost - 3.12pm, 27th April 2015|
Cherwell gardens will look even greener this year as over 3000 people turned up to the Cherwell District Council's council free compost giveaway events.
Cherwell scoops housing award - 3.13pm, 24th April 2015|
Excellence within the UK's housing organisations was honoured in the 2015 UK Housing Awards this week - and Cherwell District Council took a top award.
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.
Girl power for electrical recycling - 9.43am, 24th April 2015|
An annual recycling survey has shown women are more likely to recycle electrical items than men but there is widespread support across both sexes for blue bin recycling.
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.
Banbury St George's Day market - 1.35pm, 22nd April 2015|
St George's Day is being celebrated in tasty style on Thursday 23 April at Banbury market.
The Hill - the way forward - 9.53am, 22nd April 2015|
Residents are being invited to get involved with discussions about a youth and community centre in the heart of the Bretch Hill estate, and have their say on what they'd like to see built.
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.
Hundreds enjoy holidays at hubs - 4.25pm, 15th April 2015|
Hundreds of children are returning to school today (Monday) having spent the Easter break at Cherwell District Council's record-breaking Holiday Hubs.
Village bungalows will offer a rural retreat - 4.23pm, 15th April 2015|
Work has begun to create two rural retreats in the heart of Steeple Aston as Cherwell District Council continues to deliver its award-winning Build! project.
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.
Go ahead for Mid Cherwell Neighbourhood Area - 2.42pm, 8th April 2015|
Several Cherwell parishes have moved closer to getting their own Neighbourhood Development Plan. Last night (7 April) Cherwell District Council's executive agreed to the area for which their neighbourhood plan would be developed.
Hook Norton plan takes a step forward - 2.13pm, 8th April 2015|
At Cherwell District Council's executive meeting on 7 April, Hook Norton's Neighbourhood Plan (HNNP) took a step forward, receiving approval to go to the referendum stage.
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.
Poll cards begin to hit home - 4.50pm, 2nd April 2015|
Poll cards are dropping on the doorsteps of all eligible voters in Cherwell and South Northamptonshire informing residents about how to vote in this year's election.
Have a ball at new netball classes - 11.30am, 2nd April 2015|
Women are being invited to go back to school and rediscover their love of netball at new classes being launched in Bloxham.
Green team hits the road - 11.29am, 2nd April 2015|
Recycling goodies and advice will be on offer to residents when Cherwell District Council's recycling roadshow goes on tour later this month.
Special delivery denotes historic tradition - 5.30pm, 31st March 2015|
A proclamation from Her Majesty the Queen and Parliamentary writs were delivered to Bodicote House this morning as part of an ancient process commanding a Parliamentary election to be held.
Countdown begins to 2015 elections - 3.16pm, 30th March 2015|
The countdown has officially begun for this year's elections on 7 May and residents are being reminded to ensure they have registered to vote.
Easter bin collections and opening hours - 11.25am, 30th March 2015|
Bin collections will remain unchanged over the Easter break although the Cherwell District Council offices will close for Good Friday and Easter Monday.
New home will give owners cause for celebration - 4.45pm, 27th March 2015|
The foundations are being dug for Cherwell District Council's latest Build! project on a disused patch of land in Banbury.
Hot offer to replace boiler - 3.26pm, 27th March 2015|
Spring may have sprung but residents are being urged to act now and take advantage of a new boiler replacement scheme to get them ready for winter 2015.
Show eggstra support for recycling over Easter - 11.00am, 27th March 2015|
Chocoholics can ease the guilt of Easter egg indulgence by feeding all of the packaging to their blue recycling bin.
Bicester Town Council set for restructure - 10.12am, 27th March 2015|
In early April poll cards will be sent to all electors in Bicester advising them of their new Bicester Town Council wards and possible changes to their polling station.
Graven Hill builds positive reputation at launch event - 1.01pm, 26th March 2015|
Nearly 700 people turned up to find out more about the UK's largest self-build opportunity at a series of free seminars hosted by industry experts at the Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa in Chesterton on Saturday 21 March.
Bust some moves at new Zumba classes - 12.59pm, 26th March 2015|
Ladies are being encouraged to dance their way to fitness at new Zumba classes being launched in Banbury.
Let us entertain you - 9.45am, 25th March 2015|
Let us entertain you with "Banbury Presents". Come and watch the arts light up Banbury town centre on Fridays, starting in April. Town centre Fridays are set to become a beacon of arts and creativity.
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.
Hundreds hunt for perfect position - 4.40pm, 18th March 2015|
Hundreds of employment opportunities attracted a record number of jobseekers to Cherwell District Council's first job fair of 2015.
Hundreds book for holiday hubs - 5.06pm, 17th March 2015|
More than 250 reservations have been made for Cherwell District Council's Easter Holiday Hubs in the first two weeks of booking lines opening.
Inspector upholds Cherwell's refusal - 4.17pm, 17th March 2015|
An appeal to build an additional 140 homes to an approved development site in Banbury has been refused by a Government planning inspector.
Cherwell rolls out wheeled bin service - 4.44pm, 16th March 2015|
Residents who are preparing to embark on the traditional bank holidays tasks of spring cleaning or DIY could benefit from a new service being offered by Cherwell District Council.
Signs show there is nowhere to hide - 3.06pm, 16th March 2015|
Glow in the dark signs will remind dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets they cannot hide under the cover of darkness.
Evening sessions still available for self-build event - 5.48pm, 11th March 2015|
People interested in taking part in the UK's largest self-build project in Bicester can still book evening sessions at a free information event.
Countdown is on for job hunters - 3.45pm, 10th March 2015|
Hundreds of jobs will be up for grabs at Cherwell District Council's first job fair of 2015.
Laying the foundations for the future - 3.44pm, 10th March 2015|
Work has started to dig the foundations for Bicester's new community building which will signify the final stage of the multi million pound town centre regeneration project.
Resignation of Councillor Jon O'Neill - 5.44pm, 9th March 2015|
Councillor Jon O'Neill has resigned from Cherwell District Council with immediate effect. This means there is now a vacancy for the office of district councillor for the Caversfield ward.
Council tax bills issued to residents - 12.58pm, 9th March 2015|
Council tax bills are being posted to 60,000 Cherwell households this week informing residents of how much they will pay towards local service provision.
Support for netball catches on - 12.55pm, 9th March 2015|
Temporary netball sessions are set to continue permanently following their successful launch earlier this year.
Volunteer for Cherwell's big spring clean - 5.51pm, 5th March 2015|
Residents are being encouraged to show they love where they live by signing up to Cherwell District Council's Big Community Clean Up.
French market leaves shoppers at 'merci' of their tastebuds - 9.49am, 5th March 2015|
Shoppers at a visiting French market will be at the 'merci' of their tastebuds with a range of continental cuisines sure to take their fancy.
Butts on the floor will cost a lot more - 9.45am, 5th March 2015|
Ahead of national No Smoking Day later this month, Cherwell District Council is reminding people that cigarettes are not just costly to health but to wallets as well.
image depicting Bicester sports village 2015
Support for pavilion at supermarket display - 9.55am, 4th March 2015|
Shoppers at a Bicester supermarket were able to browse more than just groceries when plans for a multimillion sports pavilion were unveiled for the first time.
Surge of interest in Graven Hill event - 2.36pm, 3rd March 2015|
Places are filling up fast for the free Graven Hill information event with many sessions now at or reaching full capacity.
Spring into action and book Easter hubs - 2.31pm, 3rd March 2015|
Spring has officially sprung which means the booking lines are now open for Cherwell District Council's Easter Holiday Hubs.
Companies due to receive new business rates - 5.30pm, 2nd March 2015|
Bills will be landing on the doorsteps of companies across Cherwell this week advising them of their new business rates for the 2015/2016 year.
Have a ball at pickleball - 3.45pm, 2nd March 2015|
People can have twice as much fun at bi-weekly pickleball sessions after organisers increased the Thursday class to two hours.
Councils unite to save £12 million - 2.40pm, 27th February 2015|
Savings of up to £12 million are set to be made across Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire Councils after both authorities agreed to extend their joint working into more service areas.
Build up knowledge at free information event - 11.27am, 27th February 2015|
Residents interested in becoming a part of the UK's largest self-build development can learn how to turn the dream into reality at a free information event taking place in Bicester.
Job fair attendees to work through hundreds of opportunities - 9.18am, 27th February 2015|
Dozens of employers and recruitment agencies will be promoting hundreds of local vacancies at Cherwell District Council's first job fair of 2015.
Graven Hill set for television stardom - 6.38pm, 24th February 2015|
The first homes to be built at the UK's largest self-build scheme in Bicester will be filmed and documented by television star Kevin McCloud.
Channel 4 Features commissions My Grand Design - 10.39am, 24th February 2015|
Channel 4 Features has commissioned a pioneering six-part series, produced by Boundless and presented by Kevin McCloud.
Cherwell refuses to increase its share of council tax - 10.00am, 24th February 2015|
Residents will continue to pay the same amount of money for Cherwell District Council services after councillors agreed to freeze its share of council tax for the sixth consecutive year.
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