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Kids await half term hubs after active Easter - 4.22pm, 28th April 2017|
Preparations for the May half-term hubs are underway on the back of a cracking Easter edition.
Win golden bin during green campaign - 11.50am, 28th April 2017|
A door-to-door recycling campaign will see two lucky residents win a prize worth up to £30 this summer.
A day of fun and games to celebrate Healthy Bicester - 10.27am, 28th April 2017|
A free open beach, music and dance performances and cookery demos are among the fun and healthy activities that will inaugurate Healthy Bicester.
Walk on the wildflower side - 2.10pm, 27th April 2017|
Bicester's Bure Park is in line for a biodiversity boost after the council won grant funding to seed a wildflower meadow at the area's popular nature reserve.
Bike standards raised for Bicester - 12.06pm, 24th April 2017|
Two-wheeled travellers in Bicester and Caversfield will find it easier to lock up their bikes as the council emphasises its commitment to sustainable transport.
Cherwell tyres of flytip offence - 3.23pm, 19th April 2017|
An investigation has been launched after 56 car tyres were found dumped in a field beneath a countryside layby.
Business park to bring jobs for Bicester growth - 3.13pm, 19th April 2017|
A large hotel and almost 15,000 square metres of employment space are set for development in south west Bicester following a planning decision.
Bicester Gateway retail park gets go-ahead - 1.01pm, 19th April 2017|
Shops, restaurants and a gym have been permitted for development on a site in south west Bicester.
Grant will put theatre in the hot seat - 4.12pm, 13th April 2017|
Banbury's popular Mill Arts Centre will get help making visitors comfy with a new council grant.
Wildcats have the ball at their feet - 11.21am, 13th April 2017|
District girls will be enjoying social football over the summer thanks to an FA-led football programme.
Pop up shops available in Banbury for aspiring entrepreneurs - 4.50pm, 12th April 2017|
Budding retailers can trial their business ideas without the commitment of a long lease under a scheme being run in Banbury.
Century of seekers makes most of fair - 2.36pm, 11th April 2017|
Over 100 jobseekers helped make the latest Bicester job fair another well-attended success.
Dates for the democratic diary - 12.06pm, 11th April 2017|
With the county council elections just around the corner, residents are being reminded of some important forthcoming deadlines.
Finalists announced for the 2017 Cherwell Business Awards - 1.16pm, 10th April 2017|
Thirty enterprises have been named as some of north Oxfordshire's best businesses with confirmation that they are finalists in the 2017 Cherwell Business Awards.
Plan to care for Cherwell air - 5.01pm, 5th April 2017|
Plans to protect the air we breathe in Cherwell are becoming a reality following a council decision.
Agency's leg-up for young builders - 11.47am, 5th April 2017|
About 100 construction apprenticeships are expected to be secured in Cherwell district over the next year as a result of the council's work with developers.
Registration deadline looms for next month's local elections - 9.52am, 5th April 2017|
The deadline to register to vote in the local elections on Thursday, 4 May is fast approaching after 200,000 polling cards hit doormats across South Northamptonshire and Cherwell.
Parking improvements revving up for residents - 2.31pm, 4th April 2017|
A new parking service to make life easier for visitors to town centres and boost footfall for businesses has been approved.
Cherwell challenges hospital consultation - 5.22pm, 30th March 2017|
A legal challenge has been launched by Cherwell District Council following a "confusing and flawed" consultation process regarding plans to downgrade key services at Banbury's Horton General Hospital.
Reminder to use direct debit as bills go out - 5.12pm, 30th March 2017|
Bills covering council tax for the financial year 2017 to 2018 are now landing on doormats across the district.
Kerbside collections continue over Easter - 2.43pm, 30th March 2017|
Residents can use their kerbside waste and recycling services as usual over the long Easter weekend.
Countdown to active Easter - 11.45am, 30th March 2017|
Hundreds of district schoolchildren will be keeping fit and getting creative at the Easter activity hubs from next week.
Hop on with Easter recycling - 12.02pm, 29th March 2017|
As Easter is approaching, residents are reminded to do their bit for the environment by recycling packaging in the right way when they have finished enjoying their sweet treats.
Residents invited to check out Cherwell's waste services for their spring cleaning - 2.38pm, 27th March 2017|
As spring cleaning time has arrived, residents are reminded that Cherwell District Council provides affordable services to dispose of extra waste.
Call for Bicester residents to take part in the health and wellbeing survey - 12.20pm, 27th March 2017|
Bicester residents are being invited to complete a survey about their health and wellbeing as part of the Healthy New Town programme. A copy is being sent to every household in Bicester and residents can fill the survey online from today.
Call for jobseekers to check out Bicester Job Fair - 11.26am, 27th March 2017|
Job hunters will have the opportunity to meet local employers from a wide range of sectors at the upcoming Bicester Job Fair.
Councils appoint new Joint Chief Executive - 3.01pm, 17th March 2017|
On Friday, 10 March Yvonne Rees was selected as the preferred candidate as Joint Chief Executive of South Northamptonshire and Cherwell District Councils.
Carbon neutral village gets green light - 1.10pm, 17th March 2017|
Plans for a new development which would bring 1,700 homes to Bicester are moving closer to fruition.
Night spot making way for homes and shops - 1.10pm, 17th March 2017|
Two shops and 12 flats are set for development in Banbury town centre following a council decision.
New community centre will take shape on The Hill - 1.07pm, 17th March 2017|
A contemporary building will be the new home of The Hill Youth and Community Centre and will have a hall big enough to accommodate a badminton court.
Spring into action at Easter hubs - 12.02pm, 17th March 2017|
Parents can book an active school holiday for their children from next week, when the Easter activity hub booking lines open.
Flytip clear-up under Wroxton bridge - 11.56am, 17th March 2017|
A car seat, 30 used needles and a significant amount of construction waste were amongst the fly-tip recovered by council officers near Wroxton this week.
Council approves pilot scheme to reduce vacant town centre properties - 4.42pm, 9th March 2017|
Plans to reduce vacant town centre properties and boost economic growth within the district have now been given the go ahead by Cherwell District Council.
Kids brief police on hot topics - 4.32pm, 9th March 2017|
Schoolchildren from north Oxfordshire have given the police and their MP their views on the issues facing their generation at a special 'Have Your Say Day'.
District continues to fulfil five year housing land supply - 9.45am, 8th March 2017|
The district's current housing land supply position was laid out to members at a meeting of Cherwell District Council's executive committee on Monday, 6 March.
Last chance to make voices heard - 3.43pm, 7th March 2017|
People are being reminded there is still time to oppose plans for a single unitary authority in Oxfordshire ahead of a vote being taken next week.
Grand response to petition - 2.46pm, 7th March 2017|
More than 1,000 people have shown their support for Cherwell District Council by signing a petition opposing plans for a single unitary authority in Oxfordshire.
Banbury and Bicester to host 'Flavours of the World' - 12.45pm, 7th March 2017|
The international market 'Flavours of the World' is visiting Banbury and Bicester and residents are invited to discover the original flavours of food and produce from around the globe.
Crew blitzes busloads of rubbish - 11.18am, 6th March 2017|
The south side of Banbury is sparkling in time for spring after council workers removed over 26 tonnes of waste.
Leaders unite to extend Government invite - 4.24pm, 1st March 2017|
Political leaders opposed to plans for a single unitary authority in Oxfordshire have requested an urgent meeting with the Government Minister responsible for deciding their future.
Community meeting to support to Syrian refugees - 4.56pm, 24th February 2017|
Community groups are being invited to come forward with offers of support to Syrian refugee families in a new appeal from the council.
Petition the future of Cherwell - 8.56am, 24th February 2017|
A petition has been launched against plans to disband Cherwell District Council and replace it with a single unitary authority for Oxfordshire.
Contractors appointed to complete new Build! homes - 2.47pm, 23rd February 2017|
The construction of 11 new homes in Banbury will soon begin following the approval of a contract award to move ahead with superstructure works.
Call in for career advice at Banbury Job Fair - 5.02pm, 22nd February 2017|
Anyone looking for new career opportunities can meet employers from a wide range of sectors at next week's Banbury Job Fair.
Green light for Great Bourton homes - 4.19pm, 22nd February 2017|
Proposals for a housing development in Great Bourton, which includes 35 per cent affordable homes and a community hall, have been given the go ahead by Cherwell District Council.
Appeal to support resettlement of Syrian refugees - 10.26am, 22nd February 2017|
Refugees fleeing civil war in Syria are the focus of a new council appeal to private landlords.
Budget plans ahead to protect services - 4.08pm, 21st February 2017|
The council is charting a prudent course through the coming financial year with the agreement of the budget and business plan for 2017 to 2018.
Price freeze is eighth in a row - 3.56pm, 21st February 2017|
People will pay not a penny extra for Cherwell's services over the next year as the district council announces its eighth consecutive price freeze.
Consultation call on creation of new parish - 12.32pm, 21st February 2017|
Members of Cherwell District Council were updated on Monday, 20 February on a review regarding plans to separate Upper Heyford into two separate parishes, the village forming one and the area known as Heyford Park another.
Chance to help shape the future of design in Cherwell - 11.56am, 20th February 2017|
A consultation is now underway to seek residents' views on a new design guide that will shape future residential developments in Cherwell district.
Conversion to help conservation - 4.47pm, 17th February 2017|
Disused offices in Banbury town centre are set for conversion to flats following a council decision.
Housing increase at key Banbury site - 4.38pm, 17th February 2017|
A further eight houses will be built on land east of Warwick Road in Banbury after a council decision.
Unitary plans are on a road to nowhere - 5.26pm, 16th February 2017|
The leader of Cherwell District Council has said Oxfordshire County Council's plans to create a single unitary authority are just like its roads - "full of holes and not fit for purpose".
Lessons learnt through exploitation operation - 2.49pm, 13th February 2017|
An operation to highlight the potential for child sexual exploitation (CSE) was recently carried out by Cherwell District Council (CDC) and Thames Valley Police.
Next phase of car park upgrades - 5.00pm, 10th February 2017|
Car parks around the district will be getting upgrades in the final fortnight of February as the council continues its programme of scheduled maintenance.
Cleaning up with a personal touch - 3.49pm, 10th February 2017|
The south side of Banbury is in line for a super sprucing up as the council continues its neighbourhood blitz programme.
Show a love for recycling this Valentine's Day - 3.48pm, 10th February 2017|
Residents of Cherwell district are being encouraged to show their love for recycling this Valentine's Day.
Half-term fun kicks off next week - 3.08pm, 9th February 2017|
Hundreds of children will be entertained during Cherwell District Council's successful holiday activity programme next week.
Link Card's year of keep-fit discounts - 12.08pm, 9th February 2017|
From swimming to weights and zumba, the Cherwell Link Card makes a host of activities more accessible for people with disabilities or receiving certain benefits.
Council rallies around Horton - 10.21am, 9th February 2017|
The campaign against the downgrading of critical care and maternity services at the Horton General Hospital has received further backing from the council.
Look before you book this Valentine's Day - 4.45pm, 8th February 2017|
Avoid a dining disaster this Valentine's Day and enjoy some of Cherwell's finest restaurants with the help of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
Deadline to shine for entrepreneurs - 2.44pm, 8th February 2017|
District businesspeople are being reminded that the deadline for entries to one of north Oxfordshire's most prestigious competitions is fast approaching.
Team turns clean up to eleven - 2.29pm, 7th February 2017|
Southwold is looking clean and tidy after Cherwell's street cleansing operatives removed 11 tonnes of waste.
Vow for protection despite councils' defection - 4.32pm, 6th February 2017|
The leader of Cherwell District Council has refused to be pressurised into supporting plans for a single unitary authority as it would "wreak devastation on the people he is elected to protect".
Unresponsive electors to receive letters - 5.03pm, 1st February 2017|
Residents who have not responded to final reminders to update their electoral registration details will be receiving letters within the next few days advising them that they have been removed from the electoral register.
Free health walks follow routes to suit - 4.56pm, 26th January 2017|
Residents are being invited to enjoy the great outdoors as part of a new programme of free health walks.
Clubbing together for back-to-work support - 4.29pm, 25th January 2017|
Workers facing redundancy are being reminded of the range of support that the council offers.
Dates fixed for car park repairs - 9.06am, 25th January 2017|
A programme of works to repair and reline car parks operated by Cherwell District Council will resume in Banbury and Bicester next month (February).
Cherwell helps businesses to set up shop in Bicester - 2.23pm, 20th January 2017|
Concerns that high business rates may be deterring new businesses from setting up shop in Bicester are being investigated by Cherwell District Council.
Go-ahead for Wroxton job zone's final phase - 2.21pm, 20th January 2017|
Ten employment units will bring further jobs to Wroxton following a council decision.
Big-brand distributor brings boom to Banbury - 10.09am, 20th January 2017|
A leading health and beauty distributor is moving its headquarters to Banbury after receiving council backing.
Feedback sought on plans to separate parish - 4.46pm, 19th January 2017|
Villagers are being invited to have their say on plans to separate Upper Heyford Parish into two new parishes.
Sparkling Southwold soon to unfold - 2.50pm, 17th January 2017|
With an intensive clean-up starting next week, Southwold will soon be looking as bright as a button.
Bidding opens for premium plots - 10.44am, 16th January 2017|
Prospective self-builders will have the opportunity to submit sealed bids for seven premium plots at the UK's largest custom-build housing project based at Graven Hill in Bicester.
Don't break the bank with flytips - 4.45pm, 12th January 2017|
People are being reminded to make proper use of recycling banks after a Banbury resident was fined for flytipping.
Council launches stricter policy for local cabbies - 3.27pm, 11th January 2017|
A new licensing policy that will introduce stricter standards for taxi and private hire drivers has now come into effect.
Planning policy consultations drawing to a close - 1.51pm, 5th January 2017|
Residents are being reminded that three consultations that will help shape development in Cherwell are drawing to a close on 9 January.
The evergreen way with Christmas tree waste - 9.18am, 5th January 2017|
Householders are being urged to consider the future of their Christmas trees as the council collects real trees for recycling.
Plan for Bloxham becomes council policy - 3.52pm, 22nd December 2016|
Bloxham villagers can exert more influence over planning decisions made in the village following the 'making' of an important document.
Masterplan will guide Banbury growth - 3.51pm, 22nd December 2016|
Banbury's future will be shaped by a key document which has become council policy.
Masterplan to fulfil Kidlington's potential adopted - 3.50pm, 22nd December 2016|
Efforts to preserve Kidlington and plan for its future have moved forward with the adoption of the village Masterplan.
Bag a bargain with free parking promotion - 12.32pm, 22nd December 2016|
Shoppers looking to bag a bargain in the January sales can make their first saving in Cherwell District Council car parks which will be free after 3pm for the first month of the year.
Get Fit for Free in January - 12.31pm, 22nd December 2016|
An online fitness campaign to help people to Get Fit for Free will be launched by Cherwell District Council on 1 January.
Check your taxi is fully licensed this Christmas - 12.02pm, 22nd December 2016|
'Tis the season to be jolly and for many residents the festive season will involve social gatherings, Christmas parties or family visits.
Avoid getting a rocket from your neighbours this New Year - 10.19am, 22nd December 2016|
Setting off fireworks to mark the New Year is a tradition for many. But bangs, smoke and large groups of people can annoy some residents and cause distress to pets.
Festive opening hours and bin collections - 9.34am, 22nd December 2016|
Residents are being reminded that Cherwell District Council's bin collections will continue as normal over the festive period despite a four day office closure.
Historic hotel growing to meet demand - 12.34pm, 20th December 2016|
A proposal to increase the capacity of the Wroxton House Hotel by a quarter has been approved by councillors.
Rubbish message in time for Christmas - 10.59am, 20th December 2016|
Residents are being reminded they can recycle the majority of rubbish generated during the Christmas festivities.
Conservation must come first for Burdrop pub - 10.43am, 20th December 2016|
A Burdrop pub has had plans to build more guest accommodation in its car park rejected.
Chicken farm proposal knocked back - 10.20am, 20th December 2016|
An agricultural business based near Bletchingdon has had its plans to expand into six new poultry buildings rejected.
Barn conversion can go flat out - 10.00am, 20th December 2016|
Plans to convert a disused garage and barn in central Bicester into four flats have been approved.
Final reminder to register electoral details - 2.54pm, 16th December 2016|
Final reminder letters have been sent to residents across Cherwell warning them they will be removed from the electoral register unless they confirm their details within 14 days.
Supporting the homeless this winter - 9.32am, 13th December 2016|
Those sleeping rough or at risk of homelessness in Cherwell can count on the council's continued support as Christmas approaches.
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