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Where there's a skill there's a way - 4.00pm, 24th October 2016|
Young people and anyone considering a career change can meet employers from a range of sectors at Thursday's Bicester Skills and Careers Fair.
Hardwick, spick and span - 10.45am, 19th October 2016|
Banbury's Hardwick estate will soon be looking its very best, with the area due for an intensive autumn clean-up from council officers.
Banbury calls for residents' vote in national Great British High Street award - 9.40am, 18th October 2016|
Banbury has today been named as one of the country's best high streets with confirmation that it is a finalist in the Great British High Street competition.
Take a power hour to learn and grow - 5.02pm, 17th October 2016|
Entrepreneurs looking to grow and develop their businesses are being invited to get free expert advice at Power Hour Business Clinics taking place in October and November.
Portion control is a piece of cake - 2.20pm, 14th October 2016|
Green gurus will be spilling the beans on food waste at a series of events being held across the district next week.
Inside Housing honours chief executive and commercial director - 12.23pm, 13th October 2016|
This week, Sue Smith, chief executive of Cherwell District Council (CDC) and Karen Curtin, commercial director, have both been selected to feature in the list of 'Who's Who in Local Authority Housing Delivery.'
Guide recreation in future direction - 9.57am, 11th October 2016|
Sport and recreation facilities are the subject of a new questionnaire which will be used to guide future improvements across Cherwell.
SPARK Fund offers a brighter future - 10.48am, 10th October 2016|
Voluntary groups in Bicester can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help launch and develop community projects in the town.
Wasters will pay new penalty - 3.22pm, 7th October 2016|
Those illegally disposing of waste in the district will face tougher deterrents as the council announces plans to issue them with new penalties.
Get down to business at awards launch - 11.39am, 7th October 2016|
Businesses are being invited to attend the launch of the 2017 Cherwell Business Awards to find out more about celebrating the achievements of employees and companies across the district.
Cause for paws applause - 9.25am, 7th October 2016|
The dog warden service at Cherwell District Council is leading by example in the care of stray hounds after retrieving its fourth consecutive Gold award from the RSPCA.
All the fun of the fair! - 12.13pm, 6th October 2016|
Banbury will be turned into an array of bright lights, dizzy heights and spooky frights as the annual Michaelmas Fair prepares to return to the town centre this October.
Flytipper beds down in pub car park - 9.21am, 5th October 2016|
Help is being sought to track down a flytipper who dumped mattresses, beds and bedding in a pub car park in Yarnton.
Advance notice of highway closures - 9.18am, 5th October 2016|
Drivers, bus passengers and pedestrians are being forewarned of temporary road and footway closures which will be introduced as work continues to demolish a Banbury car park.
Heritage partnership finalised for RAF Bicester - 3.46pm, 4th October 2016|
A national centre for aviation and motoring excellence will be established at RAF Bicester, following a council decision.
Proactive plans protect services - 3.41pm, 4th October 2016|
Greater efficiency, understanding of resident's needs and a commercial mind are helping Cherwell deliver on its commitment to protect front line services and maintain a low council tax.
Employment zone plans approved for Bicester - 1.02pm, 30th September 2016|
1,000 jobs are expected to be created in Bicester following the council's approval of new employment space.
Heritage centre lands decision - 12.46pm, 30th September 2016|
A heritage centre at former RAF Upper Heyford has come a step closer following a council decision.
Rally school remains, under conditions - 12.32pm, 30th September 2016|
Would-be racers will be able to continue to receive tuition at a Rally school at Stratton Audley after it received a new planning permission.
Pupils in line for amphitheatre and new classrooms - 12.09pm, 30th September 2016|
Pupils at Tudor Hall School will benefit from new classrooms and an amphitheatre, following a council planning decision.
Date set for Bloxham Neighbourhood Plan referendum - 10.04am, 29th September 2016|
Bloxham villagers have an important date for their diaries as Cherwell District Council gives notice of a referendum on the parish's Neighbourhood Plan.
Update on the next stage of demolition at Bolton Road car park - 9.57am, 29th September 2016|
The Phase 1 demolition to separate the main car park from the east stair tower will be complete by Friday, 30 September.
Events to celebrate the contribution of older people - 1.32pm, 28th September 2016|
There will be ballroom and Latin American dance in celebration of Older People's Day during an Information Fair in Kidlington on Wednesday, 12 October.
Week of events to celebrate the older generation - 12.01pm, 28th September 2016|
There will a sing-along, tea-dance and a seated Zumba session when Banbury celebrates Older People's Day next week.
Information Fair to help celebrate older people - 11.38am, 28th September 2016|
There will be free activities, refreshments and advice during the Bicester Information Fair, part of Cherwell's celebration of Older People's Day.
Lines opening soon as hubs roll round again - 11.10am, 26th September 2016|
With booking for the ever-popular popular half-term activity hubs opening from Monday, 3 October, council officers are readying themselves for a high volume of calls from parents.
The results of the Cherwell District Council by-election for the Adderbury, Bloxham and Bodicote ward, held on Thursday 22 September, are as follows:
Seekers value fair opportunity for work - 2.56pm, 22nd September 2016|
Scores of jobseekers had the chance to meet local employers at another successful Banbury Job Fair last week.
Team foils top myths on green tour - 5.11pm, 20th September 2016|
Residents' top questions about recycling are being revealed in the wake of Recycling Week 2016, which came to a close on Sunday, 18 September.
Canvass chases unregistered residents - 4.59pm, 20th September 2016|
Reminders to people who have still not confirmed or updated their electoral registration will soon be going out to homes around the district.
Ironing out the scrap metal kinks - 3.55pm, 19th September 2016|
Residents can help iron out rogue metal dealing by following a few elementary rules, says a new message from the council.
Worshippers have faith in latest Build! project - 4.08pm, 16th September 2016|
Members of a Banbury congregation have had their prayers answered after their redundant church was demolished and replaced with a purpose-built building.
Car park demolition steps up a gear - 12.07pm, 14th September 2016|
Demolition work has started on a multi-storey car park in Banbury with the first external concrete pillars being removed from the site.
Events and incentives are lift for blitz - 10.05am, 14th September 2016|
Bicester will be looking extra spick and span from next week as the town centre gets a deep cleanse, with green promotions for residents.
Three councils are best for Oxfordshire - 3.24pm, 13th September 2016|
City and District council statement on the future of local government in Oxfordshire.
Banbury is national market town contender - 4.58pm, 12th September 2016|
Efforts to boost Banbury town centre will go under the spotlight as part of a search for the best examples of work to stimulate Britain's high streets.
Free leisure centre passes up for grabs on Cycle to Work Day - 1.11pm, 12th September 2016|
Residents are being urged to swap four wheels for two next week as Cherwell District Council supports national Cycle to Work Day on Wednesday, 14 September.
Car Park Maintenance - 4.26pm, 9th September 2016|
Some short term disruptions/closures of Cherwell's car parks are planned over the coming weeks to allow for essential maintenance work to take place.
Hubs adjourn before half term return - 3.07pm, 9th September 2016|
Preparations are under way for the October half term recreation and sports hubs, on the back of their most successful season yet.
Bloxham Neighbourhood Plan set for referendum - 12.52pm, 7th September 2016|
Bloxham parishioners will get to vote on plans for the future development of their village following a decision by the district council.
High standards borne out in report - 9.37am, 7th September 2016|
A host of achievements in local government has come to light in a new report which shows that Cherwell District Council has started the new financial year on a high.
Funding agreed to help the homeless - 9.13am, 7th September 2016|
A partnership approach to maintaining services for single homeless people in Oxfordshire has been backed by Cherwell District Council who will contribute £62,700 a year towards the proposals.
Boost for bats, birds and butterflies - 3.36pm, 6th September 2016|
There is good news for the district's bats, swifts and butterflies which will continue to be protected and enhanced under the council's most recent biodiversity action plan.
Cleaner air for district welfare - 3.34pm, 6th September 2016|
Plans to protect air quality in the district are moving forward following a decision from the council's Executive, yesterday (Monday).
Swing into action with new dance classes - 9.33am, 6th September 2016|
Residents can take their first steps towards improving their dance skills with new classes being launched in Banbury this autumn.
Airbase plans would be streamlined under agreement - 4.38pm, 2nd September 2016|
A new partnership between the council and Bicester Heritage has moved a step closer in a boost to plans to protect and restore RAF Bicester.
Town Centre House becomes a town centre home - 11.13am, 2nd September 2016|
A vacant office block has been brought into use after Cherwell District Council secured £1 million of funding to transform the building into affordable housing.
Round-the-clock gym is fit for purpose - 10.29am, 2nd September 2016|
Proposals to build a 24-hour gym at the popular Banbury Cross Retail Park have been approved.
Are you emergency ready? Council backs new UK campaign - 9.28am, 1st September 2016|
It's not something many of us like to think about, but a new campaign to get people thinking about how to prepare for an emergency is starting on Thursday, 1 September with the support of Cherwell District Council.
Fair chance to climb career ladder - 4.00pm, 31st August 2016|
Golden opportunities for career advancement will be up for grabs this September as local employers come together for Banbury and Bicester job fairs.
Job fairs are centre stage to engage - 3.57pm, 31st August 2016|
Employers with vacancies to fill can put their jobs centre stage at Banbury and Bicester job fairs this September. The events are an opportunity for businesses to promote roles to jobseekers free of charge and there are still a few spaces remaining.
Clinics to power local business in an hour - 4.15pm, 30th August 2016|
Businesses looking to take the next step in their growth can get free expert advice at specialist clinics taking place next month (September).
Shop with flair at Savoir Fayre - 2.34pm, 30th August 2016|
Residents can shop with continental flair as a popular French Market visits Banbury and Bicester this September.
Have a sizzling and safe barbecue this bank holiday weekend - 3.07pm, 26th August 2016|
Residents thinking of breaking out the barbecue this bank holiday weekend are being reminded to put food safety at the top of their shopping list.
Sessions will strike a chord with musicians - 11.31am, 26th August 2016|
Musicians over the age of 50 are being encouraged to note the date of social jam sessions taking place in Banbury.
Council drives forward car park improvements - 5.01pm, 25th August 2016|
Routine maintenance work is due to be carried out across Cherwell District Council's car parks over the autumn months.
High price to pay for low standards - 11.33am, 24th August 2016|
The council is increasing the charges it makes to landlords when it issues them notices regarding unsatisfactory housing.
Call for cyber-smarts to foil scammers - 10.26am, 24th August 2016|
A call for vigilance against internet hoaxes is going out after a resident wrote to the council to warn against an elaborate but increasingly common scam.
Voter registration drive now underway - 3.53pm, 23rd August 2016|
Across the district, voter registration forms have begun dropping through letterboxes as Cherwell District Council's annual canvass gets underway.
Beautiful game is a walk in the park - 12.10pm, 23rd August 2016|
With the new football season already underway, Cherwell residents are being reminded that they don't have to sprint like Gareth Bale to reap the rewards of a kick about.
Sponsor's chance for a positive spin - 11.10am, 22nd August 2016|
Town businesses are being invited to boost their visibility and support a good cause by sponsoring Bicester Bike Loan.
Woodgreen Open Air Pool Closure - 10.23am, 22nd August 2016|
Due to problems with the pumps, Woodgreen Open Air Pool in Banbury will be closed today (Monday, 22 August) to allow for repair work to take place.
No plastering over eyesore tip - 4.37pm, 19th August 2016|
Planks, palettes and plasterboard were amongst the illegally dumped waste recovered by council officers near Bainton this week.
Contractor appointed to steer car park demolition - 3.42pm, 18th August 2016|
A contractor has been appointed to begin demolishing a multi-storey car park in Banbury at the end of this month.
No glass ceiling for folk-rock recyclers - 4.53pm, 16th August 2016|
As the district's most iconic music festival drew to a close, council officers were on hand to recycle the huge volume of glass used by the fans.
Banbury's laser-guided course to Rio glory - 3.42pm, 16th August 2016|
Banbury dinghy manufacturers will have their eyes glued to the screen this evening as they watch their vessels vie for the podium in Rio.
Fest to impress - 2.36pm, 15th August 2016|
Banbury children will bring a summer of fun to a close as they gather for Summer Fest, a play day focussed on strengthening community bonds and promoting healthy eating.
Bicester recyclers repair to roadshow - 12.16pm, 15th August 2016|
The summer electronics recycling circuit will come to a close as council officers hold their final roadshow on August 20.
Local people get ahead of the queue to build their own home at Graven Hill - 10.15am, 15th August 2016|
Local people are showing keen interest in building their own dream home at Graven Hill, as the very first plots prepare to go on sale.
Voter registration a requirement for all - 9.44am, 15th August 2016|
Forms asking residents to verify the information they have on the electoral register will begin dropping on doormats from 22 August, as Cherwell District Council begins its annual canvass.
Free football on the AstroTurf for Kidlington youngsters - 2.14pm, 12th August 2016|
Budding Beckhams will have the opportunity to perfect their passing on the AstroTurf as the council puts on two free football sessions at Kidlington and Gosford Leisure Centre in the coming days.
Green message to help food fair finds go further - 9.17am, 12th August 2016|
Visitors to Banbury Food Fair can get help making their groceries go further as council officers show their backing for the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
Farming history ploughs ahead to win sports vote - 6.55pm, 11th August 2016|
Residents in Bicester have chosen Whitelands Farm Sports Ground as the name for the new multi-million pound leisure development on the Kingsmere estate.
Ardley proposal denied on appeal - 11.24am, 11th August 2016|
A government inspector has backed a decision by council planning officers to refuse an application to build three dwellings on land adjacent to Ardley Road in Fewcott, next to the village hall.
Reduce bag use with green freebie - 11.04am, 11th August 2016|
As plastic carrier bag use plummets across the country, the council is offering a sustainable alternative that helps people sort their recycling.
Out of town retail park remains out of luck - 5.04pm, 10th August 2016|
Plans for Bicester's out of town retail park have been dismissed at appeal after a Government planning inspector agreed it would cause significant traffic congestion and have an adverse effect on future development.
Extra places lead to happy faces - 7.14pm, 9th August 2016|
More than 900 bookings were taken during the first two weeks of Cherwell District Council's holiday hubs leading to an increase in places being made available.
Partners pocket handy homeless guide - 11.38am, 8th August 2016|
A Homeless Pocket Guide that lists the help, support and services available to rough sleepers has had more than 250 copies distributed since it was first printed two months ago.
Developer's plan to regenerate Kidlington car park - 4.31pm, 5th August 2016|
A new development in Kidlington is set to provide regeneration and housing in the village centre.
US-style bungalows to be replaced with new houses - 4.21pm, 5th August 2016|
A group of bungalows at former RAF Upper Heyford is set to be replaced with new houses which reflect the character and heritage of the surrounding area.
Ex-RAF barracks to make way for homes - 4.19pm, 5th August 2016|
Two former RAF buildings at Upper Heyford are set to be demolished and replaced with new homes.
Major development proposed for approval - 4.15pm, 5th August 2016|
A report has been submitted to Central Government recommending that plans for 1,000 homes and supporting facilities be approved for development on land adjoining Salt Way in Banbury.
Farmer's go-ahead to expand business - 3.40pm, 5th August 2016|
A Hornton farmer will be able to launch a new venture, having been granted permission to build three new buildings.
Club can soar to new heights under council plan - 3.38pm, 5th August 2016|
A gliding club is firming up its plans for the future thanks to the granting of a planning permission.
Permission granted for 280 new homes - 3.37pm, 5th August 2016|
Up to 280 new homes will be built on land outlined for development within Cherwell District Council's adopted Local Plan.
White goods and gadgets for recycling at Kidlington roadshow - 11.13am, 5th August 2016|
The summer surge in electronics recycling comes to Kidlington this Saturday as the council's green team makes the second stop on its roadshow tour.
Swap four wheels for two this Cycle to Work Day - 12.51pm, 3rd August 2016|
Residents and employers are being encouraged to step up a gear and take part in Cycle to Work Day.
Opportunities up for promotion at job fairs - 9.04am, 3rd August 2016|
A wealth of employment opportunities will be advertised this September as local agencies and businesses come together for Banbury and Bicester job fairs.
Employers sought to meet seekers at job fairs - 8.57am, 3rd August 2016|
Employers looking to fill vacancies after the summer break are being encouraged to promote them for free at Banbury and Bicester job fairs.
Bicester retailers' top shop tips - 10.09am, 1st August 2016|
Entrepreneurs looking to boost their Bicester business can tap into expert knowledge at a Retail Success Course taking place on 7 September.
Extra hub places put on to meet popular demand - 10.07am, 1st August 2016|
The soaring popularity of the summer activity hubs has resulted in additional staff being hired in order to offer children extra places.
Record crowds make Banbury Play Day a hit - 12.24pm, 28th July 2016|
Children and families withstood a rainy start before the sun came out on a record-breaking Banbury Play Day, yesterday (Wednesday).
Hoping for a housing hat-trick - 2.52pm, 27th July 2016|
The innovative approach to home-building taken by the council has once again received the recognition of the prestigious Build It Awards.
Gym and spin plans unfolding - 4.38pm, 26th July 2016|
The £1.2m project to improve and expand Banbury's Woodgreen Leisure Centre is well underway.
Stay in the know with kids on the go - 11.23am, 25th July 2016|
Youngsters and teenagers can while away the summer with a variety of activities and offers to keep them occupied during the break from school.
No smoke with our firefighters at Franklins House - 4.53pm, 22nd July 2016|
Crews from Bicester Fire Station and an officer from Cherwell District Council simulated a fire at Franklins House in a dramatic training exercise.
Shared services raise safety standards - 4.26pm, 22nd July 2016|
Joint working between two councils is enabling a more robust approach to protecting people who live, work and play in Cherwell and South Northamptonshire.
Bears and bikes lead Bicester play - 12.47pm, 22nd July 2016|
Children are invited to take part in fun and games as Bicester Play and Activity Day returns to town on 3 August.
Push for pristine street scenes - 2.55pm, 20th July 2016|
Banbury gets extra spick and span in the last week of this month as Cherwell District Council's green team blitzes the town centre.
Action-packed summer holidays in prospect - 12.36pm, 20th July 2016|
Youngsters are being invited to spice up their summer with free activity sessions taking place throughout Cherwell district.
Royal portrait marks special birthday - 11.51am, 20th July 2016|
A new portrait of the Queen has been presented to the council to mark our monarch's 90th birthday.
Messages to reduce risk of abuse - 3.32pm, 19th July 2016|
A series of messages aimed at parents, residents and businesses will be promoted across the summer to help keep children safe over the school holidays.
Dead district devices brought back to life on tour - 3.14pm, 19th July 2016|
Hundreds of Banbury residents turned in their broken gadgetry as Cherwell District Council's green team completed the first of three electronics recycling roadshows.
Long serving councillor honoured - 3.13pm, 19th July 2016|
A former councillor's decades of service to the district have been celebrated with his appointment to the role of Honorary Alderman.
Council adopts new planning consultation policy - 3.12pm, 19th July 2016|
The policy which outlines how the public is consulted about planning applications has been updated.
Banbury Play Day lets the carnival spirit loose - 2.29pm, 18th July 2016|
The fun of the carnival will transform People's Park for a day of inclusive fun and games as Banbury Play Day returns on 27 July.
Experience sought for unique housing organisation - 3.54pm, 14th July 2016|
People with experience in business and finance are being invited to volunteer and play an important role as board members of an innovative new housing organisation.
Totally rubbish repeat tippers hunted - 10.01am, 13th July 2016|
The perpetrators of illegal waste dumping are being hunted as officials keep a beady eye on two flytips.
Bicester cabbies spot-checked for compliance - 2.43pm, 12th July 2016|
Taxi drivers were checked for compliance as council officials and police conducted a joint operation in Bicester on the night of Saturday, 25 June.
A 'wheelie' big walk for charitable recycling officer - 4.07pm, 11th July 2016|
An award-winning recycling officer will be taking on Mount Snowdon with a wheelie bin strapped to his back in order to raise money for waste management projects in developing countries.
Council's 'no' to Deddington tight fit - 4.58pm, 8th July 2016|
A proposal to increase the density of a housing development to the north of Deddington has been rejected.
Leading millers get go-ahead for Banbury base - 11.58am, 8th July 2016|
A top national flour producer will move some of its facilities to Banbury after the approval of a change-of-use planning application.
Permission for big-brand distributor to come to town - 11.56am, 8th July 2016|
A big-brand health and beauty distributor has been given permission to set up shop in Banbury thanks to the approval of a change-of-use application for a vacant building.
Ribbon cutting marks official opening - 10.29am, 7th July 2016|
Celebrations were taking place across Bicester on Monday (4 July) as dignitaries gathered for the official opening of Franklins House on the third anniversary of the opening of Pioneer Square.
Council prepares a new planning consultation framework - 4.01pm, 6th July 2016|
Updates to the framework which outlines how the public is consulted about planning decisions are being prepared.
Short circuit sparks recycling - 12.01pm, 6th July 2016|
Cherwell's green team will complete a circuit of the district this summer to promote electronics recycling.
Equalities action plan updated - 10.43am, 6th July 2016|
The council has approved a new action plan, determining the approach it will take to equalities over the next year.
Renewed focus on Brighter Futures in Banbury - 10.41am, 6th July 2016|
The promotion of health, employment, and education received renewed support as Cherwell approved a report on its Brighter Futures in Banbury programme.
Council to use maximum HS2 powers - 9.34am, 6th July 2016|
Councillors have decided to retain as much local control as possible over the construction of the High Speed Rail 2 network.
Building boom prompts waste policy update - 9.32am, 6th July 2016|
A sharp upswing in house building has prompted a rethink of Cherwell's waste and recycling policies.
MP answers a hatful of youngsters' questions - 4.54pm, 4th July 2016|
District youngsters have put their MP through her paces at a private question and answer session.
Free gym membership for active teens - 11.01am, 1st July 2016|
Teenagers can work out for reduced rates at Cherwell District Council's gyms.
United stars come out for summer football camp - 11.00am, 1st July 2016|
District youngsters can improve headers and one-twos with Oxford United players at a series of football camps this summer.
One week left to rate Cherwell in online survey - 9.16am, 1st July 2016|
There is just over a week remaining for residents to rate and review Cherwell District Council as its annual survey draws to a close.
Watch your waste this food safety week - 3.47pm, 28th June 2016|
The council is backing a drive to reduce food waste and save residents money this Food Safety Week.
Green-fingered goodies from energy study - 12.51pm, 27th June 2016|
Parents can help their children get gardening thanks to a council-backed energy efficiency project.
Overseas know-how for would-be exporters - 12.59pm, 24th June 2016|
Businesses will be given a helping hand to expand into international markets at a free event in Banbury on 5 July.
Town trading partnership mooted in study - 3.51pm, 20th June 2016|
Cherwell has appointed advisors to investigate the possibility of creating a Business Improvement District (BID) in Banbury town centre. The move follows an appeal from local business leaders.
Free expert advice for local businesses - 2.41pm, 20th June 2016|
Advice to help businesses thrive and grow will be on offer as Cherwell District Council hosts specialist advisers for small and medium sized businesses.
How does Cherwell measure up? - 8.44am, 15th June 2016|
Residents are being asked to give Cherwell marks out of ten as the council launches its annual survey.
Council fields pitch for all-weather sports - 11.41am, 13th June 2016|
Sporty students will scale new heights thanks to the ramping up of plans to build a new climbing wall and all-weather sports pitch at Banbury Academy.
New village hall for Fritwell - 3.33pm, 23rd May 2016|
A new village hall and eleven new homes have been approved for the former site of the George and Dragon pub in Fritwell.
Funding available for Queen's birthday celebrations - 2.49pm, 11th May 2016|
To celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, Cherwell District Council is providing financial support towards local community events that aim to bring people together and strengthen community spirit.
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