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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:
Online payments - 2.25pm, 1st October 2015|
We are currently experiencing a problem with our online payment system. Please bear with us as we work with our third party provider to resolve the issue.
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.
Kidlington and Gosford Leisure Centre open day - 1.19pm, 24th September 2015|
Kidlington and Gosford Leisure Centre will be hosting its annual open day on 26 September, between 10am and 4pm.
October planning committee to start early - 4.47pm, 23rd September 2015|
The start time for Cherwell District Council's planning committee in October has been brought forward to accommodate consideration of two large applications - Woodstock and South West Bicester - as well as a number of other applications.
Circuit training puts fitness on track - 11.50am, 21st September 2015|
People looking to improve their fitness, endurance and strength can sign up for new circuit training classes in Bicester.
Events show support for older generations - 11.01am, 21st September 2015|
A series of events has been organised in September and October to celebrate UK Older People's Day.
Record turnout for Banbury job fair - 2.01pm, 17th September 2015|
Banbury's second Job Fair of 2015 has once again proven a big hit with jobseeker and employers alike.
It's easy to check the food hygiene rating - 12.19pm, 17th September 2015|
To help people choose where to eat out or shop for food, Cherwell District Council participates in the national food hygiene rating scheme.
Outdoor pool closes for the 2015 season - 1.18pm, 15th September 2015|
With the onset of autumn, the last outdoor public swimming session of the season has taken place at Woodgreen open air pool, as doors closed for another year on Friday 11 September.
Feed your appetite at Food Fayre - 4.47pm, 14th September 2015|
Scrumptious snacks, delicious dinners and tasty treats will be on offer when Bicester welcomes its first Food Fayre to the town.
East West Rail consultation - 2.14pm, 14th September 2015|
Network Rail is inviting people to have their say on proposals to upgrade the railway between Bicester and Bedford and Milton Keynes and Princes Risborough.
Blitz to sweep through Kidlington - 11.08am, 14th September 2015|
A week of cleaning, clearing and decluttering will take place across Kidlington as Cherwell District Council prepares to blitz the area.
Take the Chicken Challenge - 2.53pm, 10th September 2015|
Around 280,000 cases of food poisoning a year can be traced to Campylobacter - a germ found mostly on raw chicken. You can't see it, smell it or even taste it on food, but if it affects you, you won't forget it. At its worst, campylobacter can kill or paralyse you.
Night market lights up town centre - 9.00am, 10th September 2015|
Banbury town centre will be transformed into a bustling hive of entertainment, street food and artisan stalls with the arrival of a special night market.
Banbury Grimsbury and Castle elections called - 4.16pm, 9th September 2015|
A by-election is to be held for a district councillor for the Banbury Grimsbury and Castle ward, and also for the same ward on Banbury Town Council, following the death, last month, of Cllr Ann Bonner who had been a member of both.
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.
Enjoy a French fancy this weekend - 12.57pm, 9th September 2015|
Shoppers will be able to say "bonjour" when a visiting French market sets up shop in Kidlington and Bicester this weekend. Cherwell District Council will welcome traders from the Savoir French Market who will offer visitors a taste of the continent.
Changes introduced to housing allocation scheme - 12.52pm, 9th September 2015|
Changes are being introduced to Cherwell District Council's housing allocation scheme to allow more people to apply and be included on the housing register.
Doors will open to hundreds of new jobs - 12.46pm, 9th September 2015|
Hundreds of jobs across dozens of industries will be up for grabs when the doors open for Cherwell District Council's second Banbury Job Fair of 2015.
Zumba classes return to Banbury - 12.38pm, 9th September 2015|
Ladies will have their chance to shine with the resumption of Zumba classes at the Sunshine Centre in Banbury. Cherwell District Council has organised the term-time only sessions to resume from Thursday, 17 September.
Tickle tastebuds with tasty treats - 12.31pm, 9th September 2015|
Food fans can tickle their tastebuds, scoff scrumptious snacks or decide between dinner delicacies with the return of Banbury's Fine Foods Market.
A brighter future in Banbury - 10.42am, 9th September 2015|
Brighter Futures is a targeted, long-term work programme that aims to increase life chances and address health inequalities in three Banbury wards. Ruscote, Neithrop and Grimsbury & Castle rank amongst the 20 per cent most deprived in the country and it is a Cherwell District Council priority to tackle these deprived areas.
Company fined for fatal negligence - 4.54pm, 4th September 2015|
Hugo Boss UK Limited has been fined £1.2 million and ordered to pay nearly £47,000 legal costs after admitting two health and safety breaches which led to the death of a four-year-old boy who was crushed by an 18 stone mirror.
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.
Summer fest shines on Banbury - 3.42pm, 2nd September 2015|
A summer festival jam-packed with a host of exciting activities has been a big hit with Banbury residents, when it came to Princess Diana Park last week.
Vote on the future of Hook Norton - 11.45am, 2nd September 2015|
Villagers in Hook Norton will take to the polls on Thursday (3 September) to determine whether its proposed Neighbourhood Plan should be endorsed and used to guide future planning applications.
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.
Hunt is on to find Cherwell's hot dog - 3.20pm, 24th August 2015|
The hunt is on to find a pretty pooch or handsome hound to be the face of a new responsible dog campaign.
Still time to enjoy alfresco swimming - 5.18pm, 21st August 2015|
Time is running out for people to enjoy alfresco swimming in Banbury with just three weeks to go until the closure of the outdoor pool.
Places filling up fast for Banbury Job Fair - 3.14pm, 21st August 2015|
Stalls are filling up fast as employers look to promote their vacancies at the upcoming Banbury Job Fair in September.
Tennis fans will 'love' discounts - 3.13pm, 21st August 2015|
Tennis fans are sure to 'love' a new promotion offering players over the age of 55 the opportunity to enjoy discounted sessions.
Tasty treats tip into town - 3.12pm, 21st August 2015|
A new Fine Foods Market was launched in Banbury yesterday (Thursday) offering visitors the chance to tickle their tastebuds with a tempting treat.
Browse the market for fine foods - 5.11pm, 19th August 2015|
Visitors to Banbury will be able to enjoy a taste sensation with the launch of its first Fine Foods Market tomorrow (Thursday).
Jobseekers will be lovin' it - 4.31pm, 19th August 2015|
Another 40 jobs will be on offer at next week's Banbury Job Club as McDonalds begin recruitment for their new restaurant at the town's Gateway retail park.
Festival fans bottle their enthusiasm - 12.34pm, 19th August 2015|
Revellers recycled a record-breaking six-and-a-half tonnes of glass while enjoying an array of music at this year's Fairport Cropredy Convention folk festival.
Jobseekers shop for M&S position - 3.53pm, 18th August 2015|
Approximately 100 people spanning seven decades descended on Banbury Job Club in the hope of claiming one of 240 vacancies at a new store in the town.
Exclusive tour answers burning questions - 4.43pm, 14th August 2015|
Residents were given an exclusive opportunity to find out what happens after they close the lid on their green bins with a special behind-the-scenes tour of Ardley's Energy Recovery Facility.
Take a magical tour with Cherwell - 11.34am, 14th August 2015|
Parents looking for a last minute treat for their children can sign them up to visit the magical world of Harry Potter.
Browse summer treats at special market - 10.22am, 14th August 2015|
Shoppers can enjoy a taste of the summer when a specialist market sets up shop in Bicester on Saturday.
Not just any job... an M&S job - 5.12pm, 11th August 2015|
Staff from Marks and Spencer will be at Banbury Job Club looking to fill 240 vacancies ahead of the opening of the town's new retail park later this year.
Cricket skills put to the test - 5.09pm, 11th August 2015|
Youngsters were able to put their skills to the test as Cherwell District Council hosted its first cricket summer camp.
Get fit Anytime with new fitness club - 5.06pm, 11th August 2015|
The doors have opened on the newest addition to Bicester's Pioneer Square offering people the chance to work up a sweat at a new health and fitness club.
Serve up some tennis fun - 5.32pm, 7th August 2015|
Discounted tennis sessions are being offered to 16 - 25 year olds as part of Cherwell District Council's latest fitness promotion.
Revised proposals fail to drive forward plans for garage block - 12.25pm, 7th August 2015|
A second attempt to obtain planning permission to build houses on a garage block has failed after councillors upheld previous concerns about overdevelopment.
Pig farm hogs planning consent - 10.11am, 7th August 2015|
Plans have been approved for the erection of a livestock building for the rearing and finishing of pigs located on Somerton Road, south of the village of Souldern.
Units approved for industrial estate - 10.00am, 7th August 2015|
Permission has been granted to extend an industrial estate in Banbury to accommodate three new units in line with Cherwell District Council's adopted Local Plan.
Councillor Ann Bonner - 3.24pm, 6th August 2015|
It is with deep regret that Cherwell District Council has learned of the death of Cllr Ann Bonner. Cllr Bonner died on Monday 3 August, in Katharine House Hospice.
Work starts to recruit employers for job fair - 4.01pm, 5th August 2015|
Employers looking to fill vacancies after the summer break are being encouraged to promote them for free at the next Banbury Job Fair.
Plan puts Cherwell in the driving seat - 9.05am, 22nd July 2015|
A ten year process to produce the document that will guide the delivery of 22,840 homes and 200 hectares of employment land has ended with the adoption of Cherwell District Council's Local Plan.
Go outdoors with summer day trips - 3.58pm, 17th July 2015|
Children looking for an action packed day out over the summer holidays are being invited to sign up for Cherwell District Council's new outdoor trips.
Soak up the sun at outdoor pool - 4.22pm, 14th July 2015|
Six weeks of fun in the sun are on offer to alfresco swimmers as Banbury's outdoor swimming pool prepares to launch its summer timetable.
Pool parties launched in Kidlington - 4.32pm, 13th July 2015|
Youngsters can soak up the party atmosphere at a new water disco being launched in Kidlington on Friday nights.
Repeat event enjoys repeat success - 4.15pm, 13th July 2015|
Almost 200 people attended free information workshops to find out more about opportunities at the UK's largest self-build housing project near Bicester.
Cricket camp will bowl fans over - 1.24pm, 13th July 2015|
Youngsters with a passion for cricket can field their enthusiasm at a special summer camp dedicated to the sport.
Take a trip to the seaside for Banbury Play Day - 1.22pm, 13th July 2015|
A town centre park will be transformed into a seaside setting for the return of the sixth annual Banbury Play Day.
Visitors enjoy the ride at inclusive cycling event - 9.50am, 8th July 2015|
A family fun day to promote specially adapted bikes and trikes for people with disabilities and special needs has been hailed a success by organisers.
Order to simplify Graven Hill development - 4.20pm, 7th July 2015|
Feedback will be sought on plans to create the UK's first large-scale Local Development Order for self-build housing at Graven Hill.
Sports Village is on track - 10.09am, 7th July 2015|
Bicester's multi-million pound sports pavilion is on track to be completed in time for the start of the 2016/ 2017 with a planning application expected later this year.
View affordable apartments at special open day - 4.48pm, 6th July 2015|
An open day will be held for five newly renovated flats which are available to purchase with less than a £5,000 deposit on a shared ownership basis.
Playground will adopt the natural look - 3.21pm, 6th July 2015|
A town centre playground is set to receive a £140,000 natural makeover to upgrade its outdated facilities.
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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