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Organisers recruit record turnout to job fair - 1.29pm, 22nd October 2014|
A record number of employers took to the Bicester Job Fair to advertise employment and apprentice opportunities across the local area.
Cost of ignoring letters tops £500 - 1.09pm, 22nd October 2014|
A man who ignored three requests to provide information to Cherwell District Council has been ordered to pay more than £500 in court costs and fines.
Councillors give support to revised local plan - 4.07pm, 21st October 2014|
The decision on where to locate future housing and employment sites in Cherwell will be made by a Government Planning Inspector after councillors endorsed their preferred sites for developments.
Councillors to vote on amendments to local plan - 12.44pm, 17th October 2014|
A decision on whether to endorse changes to accommodate additional homes within Cherwell District Council's Local Plan will be made by councillors at a meeting on Monday.
Major boost for planning department - 10.33am, 17th October 2014|
A grant of £40,000 has been awarded to Cherwell District Council to assist officers in processing major planning applications.
Banbury sees fall in empty units - 4.56pm, 16th October 2014|
Cherwell's lead member for estates and the economy, Cllr Norman Bolster has said there are "very encouraging levels of interest" in empty Banbury town centre units.
Defendant advised to take notice of letters - 1.48pm, 16th October 2014|
A motorist who was seen driving a van containing scrap metal has been ordered to pay £990 in court fines and costs after repeatedly ignoring requests for information from Cherwell District Council.
Tools, toys and the circle of life - 1.45pm, 16th October 2014|
Students at three of Bicester's schools and colleges will compete against each other to promote the benefits of a 'circular economy' which encourages the continual reuse of raw materials and products.
A new way to recycle textiles - 11.38am, 16th October 2014|
Cherwell residents are being encouraged to recycle their unwanted clothing and textiles at 15 new Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) clothing banks located at sites across Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington.
Build! up experience with apprentice grants - 10.04am, 14th October 2014|
Cherwell's construction sector is to receive a skills boost with the creation of a special 'Apprentice Build Team' thanks to £50,000 joint grant funding from Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP).
Flat ground to be turned into apartments - 4.40pm, 13th October 2014|
Excavation work has started at the site of a former council office in Banbury ready to lay the foundations for 15 new affordable rent apartments.
Green team to make Southwold gleam - 10.15am, 10th October 2014|
A Bicester estate will be cleaned until it gleams as part of a targeted approach to ridding the area of litter, graffiti and dog mess.
Funfair destined for Banbury - 12.35pm, 9th October 2014|
Bright lights, extreme heights and fairground frights will be among the attractions at the Michaelmas Fair when it makes its annual return to Banbury.
Heat cold feet with boiler treat - 4.43pm, 8th October 2014|
As people begin to turn their central heating on, Bicester residents are being reminded they are eligible for funding to help replace old or broken boilers.
Executive agrees budget strategy - 2.49pm, 8th October 2014|
At its meeting on Monday 6 October Cherwell's executive endorsed an overall budget strategy for 2015 - 16.
Plenty of choice at Bicester Job Fair - 2.11pm, 8th October 2014|
Jobseekers will be spoilt for choice at the Bicester Job Fair after a record number of organisations signed up to promote their vacancies.
Fine delivered to sub post master - 3.36pm, 7th October 2014|
A village sub post master who admitted dumping "six or seven" black sacks of trade waste will have to pay a total of £1,375 in court costs and fines for the offence.
Contractor sought to deliver Sports Village - 3.09pm, 7th October 2014|
A contractor is being sought to deliver the next phase of Bicester's new Sports Village which will include the provision of a pavilion and car park.
Points mean prizes - 3.08pm, 7th October 2014|
Residents are being encouraged to sign up for an Oxfordshire travel challenge which will encourage them to reap physical and financial rewards.
Sun shines on the Community Bank - 11.41am, 2nd October 2014|
Bretch Hill's Sunshine Centre plays host to Cherwell's new Community Bank on 15 October from 2pm to 5pm.
Recruitment drive for Bicester Job Fair - 5.11pm, 1st October 2014|
Businesses are being offered the chance to promote and fill existing vacancies for free at the Bicester Job Fair.
Government puts Cherwell at the forefront - 1.19pm, 1st October 2014|
A grant of £90,000 has been made to Cherwell District Council after the Government recognised it as one of just 11 authorities nationwide at the forefront of self-build housing schemes.
Judge serves pub owners guilty verdict - 12.42pm, 1st October 2014|
A couple who turned a public house into a residential dwelling without planning permission will have to pay more than £17,000 in court costs after being found guilty of failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice.
Hub organisers prepare to fight off the crowds - 9.40am, 1st October 2014|
Booking lines have opened today (Wednesday) for the October Half Term Hubs and organisers are hoping to kick start the fun with the introduction of a martial arts programme.
Zumi Mummies will tone tummies - 4.58pm, 30th September 2014|
Free Zumi Mummies classes have been launched in Banbury to help mums to tone their tums through zumba.
Say bonjour to French market - 10.30am, 30th September 2014|
Shoppers can quite literally enjoy a taste of the continent when a French market makes a two-day guest appearance in Cherwell.
Record turnout to Banbury Job Fair - 10.28am, 30th September 2014|
Organisers of the Banbury Job Fair are celebrating a record number of attendees with an additional 100 people turning up compared to previous events.
Memories are made of this - 5.46pm, 26th September 2014|
Residents can have their memories captured through creative writing and photography as part of a new project exploring communication and technology developments over the past 60 years.
Cherwell leads the way with dog welfare - 2.24pm, 26th September 2014|
A dedicated service which cares for Cherwell's lost and homeless dogs has fetched its second RSPCA Gold Award in as many years.
Former Councillor David Green - 2.16pm, 24th September 2014|
Cherwell District Council has regretfully learned of the death of former councillor David Green.
Developer plants tools at The Orchard - 11.53am, 22nd September 2014|
Diggers and developers have arrived in Banbury to transform a redundant site into an innovative housing opportunity.
Free activities for older residents - 9.40am, 22nd September 2014|
A series of free events are being organised in Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington in honour of International Older Persons' Day on 1 October.
Bicester nets new sports club - 9.33am, 22nd September 2014|
A new netball club has been launched in Bicester offering schoolgirls the chance to improve their skills and compete in local matches.
Thousands spend summer at outdoor pool - 3.15pm, 19th September 2014|
The doors have closed at Woodgreen Open Air Pool for another year after 17,200 visits were made to the facility over the summer.
Learn techniques of Nordic walking - 12.13pm, 19th September 2014|
Residents are being encouraged to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle by signing up to a new Nordic walking course.
Things are hotting up in Bicester - 4.38pm, 17th September 2014|
A pioneering scheme which could use household waste to heat up to 6,000 homes in Bicester is continuing to move forward with the appointment of specialist consultants to investigate the scheme.
Rubbish campaign wins national award - 9.30am, 17th September 2014|
An innovative communications' campaign which increased recycling levels in Cherwell by 11 per cent has been presented with a top national award.
Event offers fair chance of employment - 9.28am, 17th September 2014|
Job hunters seeking a perfect position, entry to employment or a new career challenge are being encouraged to pay a visit to the Banbury Job Fair.
Cash boost to promote shared services - 9.27am, 17th September 2014|
Grants totalling £775,000 have been awarded to Cherwell District Council and three other authorities to help fund on-going shared services across the area.
Fridge freezer left out in the cold - 9.26am, 17th September 2014|
A flytipper who dumped a fridge freezer within walking distance of his home has been warned enforcement agents will take more than white goods if he fails to pay the clean-up costs.
Residents to receive visit about electoral register - 9.22am, 17th September 2014|
Residents who have yet to be confirmed on the new electoral register will be visited by Cherwell District Council officers reminding them of the importance of submitting their details.
Hook Norton neighbourhood plan - 12.36pm, 11th September 2014|
Hook Norton Parish Council has prepared a Neighbourhood Development Plan as a way to increase local input and participation in determining planning applications. The plan is available for consultation and comment from 11 September.
Flytipper fined for flouting the rules - 9.31am, 8th September 2014|
Another flytipper has been caught out thanks to a bit of detective work from Cherwell District Council.
Hook Norton homes refused - 10.53am, 5th September 2014|
A plan for 54 more homes for Hook Norton was turned down by Cherwell District Council's planning committee last night. The plan would have seen the homes built on agricultural land east of Sibford Road, between the Hook Norton Primary School and Redland Farm.
Green light for solar park - 10.48am, 5th September 2014|
An application for a solar park in Upper Arncott has been approved by Cherwell District Council, subject to conditions.
Pool prepares to close its doors - 1.40pm, 2nd September 2014|
Swimmers looking to make the most of Banbury's outdoor pool have less than two weeks left to enjoy the facility before it closes its doors for the final time this year. From Monday, 1 September, Woodgreen Open Air Pool reverted back to its term time opening hours ahead of its full closure at 7.30pm on Friday, 12 September.
Hubs break all records - 3.15pm, 29th August 2014|
A record number of children signed up to enjoy fun in the sun with more than 2,600 admissions to this year's summer hubs.
Council seeks to recruit employers - 5.59pm, 28th August 2014|
Employers looking to fill existing vacancies are being encouraged to advertise their roles for free at two upcoming job fairs.
Wheels put in motion for new bike route - 5.55pm, 28th August 2014|
A new cycle route will be launched in Bicester on Saturday ahead of national Cycle to Work Day on 4 September.
Solar farm given green light - 12.39pm, 8th August 2014|
An estimated 47,000 solar panels could soon be introduced to fields in Yarnton after plans for a solar farm capable of powering more than 3,000 homes were approved.
Gym approved for Pioneer Square - 11.14am, 8th August 2014|
Two vacant units in Pioneer Square are set to be filled by a new gym after planning permission was granted to change the buildings' use from retail to a gymnasium.
Social club included in town centre plans - 11.12am, 8th August 2014|
The developer behind plans to transform Banbury town centre with a new cinema, hotel, supermarket and restaurants has had a revised planning application approved which will secure the future of a popular social club.
Second phase approved for south west Bicester - 11.01am, 8th August 2014|
The second phase of the south west Bicester development programme has been given the go ahead, paving the way for up to 726 new homes to be built.
Resident fails to be street smart - 3.10pm, 28th July 2014|
A litter lout who flytipped rubbish bags at the end of his own street was rumbled after investigating officers found his address among the household waste.
First homes begin to take shape - 11.19am, 25th July 2014|
An innovative housing project to create 21 affordable new homes in Bicester is progressing with the first timber frames beginning to be erected.
Fun plus sun equals record turnout - 5.47pm, 24th July 2014|
A record number of people turned out to enjoy a variety of free fun and entertainment at the fifth annual Banbury Play Day.
Green team take to the streets - 3.10pm, 24th July 2014|
Members of Cherwell District Council's green team are preparing to visit more than 7,000 homes in Banbury next month to chat to residents about recycling.
Don't waste chance to buy cheap bin - 10.20am, 24th July 2014|
The cost of recycling bins is being reduced to just £10 each as Cherwell District Council prepares to launch a special summer bin sale.
Online interaction continues to soar - 2.55pm, 23rd July 2014|
More people than ever before are engaging with Cherwell District Council through its website and social media channels, according to a new report.
Cash boost for broadband - 1.14pm, 24th June 2014|
Superfast broadband provision across Cherwell came a step closer last night (23 June) when the council's Executive backed a recommendation to invest £500,000.
New clubhouse agreed for Bodicote - 11.30am, 7th March 2014|
Banbury Rugby Club is set to get a new clubhouse following a decision by Cherwell District Council's planning committee yesterday (6 March).
When is a landlady not a landlady? - 2.23pm, 1st October 2013|
When she's your partner. And it's not a joke. Following an investigation by Cherwell District Council, Mr Martyn Charles Boughton, 57, of Springfield Avenue, Banbury appeared at Banbury Magistrates Court on 17 September and pleaded guilty to knowingly failing to disclose a change in circumstances that affected his claims to Housing Benefit.
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