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Planning committee to start early - 2.52pm, 30th July 2015|
The start time for Cherwell District Council's planning committee in August has been brought forward to accommodate a large agenda.
Union opens in Banbury - 3.38pm, 29th July 2015|
A new independent men's fashion retailer has opened on Banbury High Street in a move helped by Banbury's town team.
Another People's Park Play Day success - 11.07am, 28th July 2015|
Over 4,000 young people and families attended this year's Play Day Event in People's Park in Banbury on 22 July.
Parents spoilt for choice with summer activities programme - 9.49am, 28th July 2015|
Parents looking for ways to occupy their children over the summer holidays can sign up to an array of activities being offered by Cherwell District Council.
Targeting summertime antisocial behaviour - 1.06pm, 27th July 2015|
Cherwell District Council and Thames Valley Police have joined forces over the summer to combat noise complaints and antisocial behaviour through Operation Jazz.
A focus on sound budgets - 4.37pm, 24th July 2015|
A report on the management of Cherwell District Council's finances was accepted by the council at its meeting on Monday evening (20 July).
Children challenged to Beat the Activators - 10.18am, 24th July 2015|
Children are being encouraged to 'Beat the Activators' as part of a new initiative designed to get youngsters active.
Activators introduce themselves to a summer of fun - 11.23am, 22nd July 2015|
Two new faces have joined Cherwell District Council's activator team and are preparing to spend the summer offering free activities to youngsters.
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.
Locals given housing priority - 9.03am, 22nd July 2015|
Villagers living in and around Steeple Aston are to be given first refusal on a pair of bungalows which will allow locals to stay living in the area.
Theatre, music and poetry on the streets of Banbury - 3.59pm, 17th July 2015|
"Banbury presents..." is a Banbury town team initiative that presents a programme of arts, entertainment and culture. It features different types of performance, exhibition and arts events in key open-air locations around the town centre and has been running weekly since April.
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.
Collection rate close to 100 per cent - 2.05pm, 16th July 2015|
Cherwell District Council has scored its highest ever rate of return for national non-domestic rates - better known as business rates. The council collected 99.46 per cent, beating its target of 98.50 per cent. It's Cherwell's best ever business rate collection figure.
National recognition for partnership working - 2.37pm, 15th July 2015|
"Primary Authority" is a scheme that aims to reduce burdens on business and encourage economic growth.
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.
Shop windows showcase artists' work - 5.37pm, 9th July 2015|
Work by local artists and photographers is popping up in the windows of empty shop fronts in Banbury, thanks to an initiative by Cherwell District Council.
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.
More support for young people in Cherwell - 10.02am, 7th July 2015|
National supported housing provider Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL) has expanded its presence in Cherwell.
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.
Teamwork makes the dream work - 4.52pm, 3rd July 2015|
A joint campaign which generated £14,000 of savings and created the potential for four million more litres of recycling to be undertaken across two districts has received a national award.
Bicester Moves forward with funding grant - 3.39pm, 3rd July 2015|
An innovative community reuse project has been awarded a grant of almost £30,000 to expand the service it offers to people moving home.
Take a stroll towards walking football sessions - 12.28pm, 3rd July 2015|
A pilot walking football scheme to help veteran footballers continue playing the game is being rolled out in Bicester following a successful trial period.
Score a place at summer football camps - 3.57pm, 29th June 2015|
Football fanatics can spend a week perfecting their passes and sharpening their shooting at special football camps taking place throughout summer.
Employees browse the stalls at mini job fair - 4.04pm, 26th June 2015|
An estimated 100 people turned up to Banbury's Army Reserve Centre to take a shot at new employment opportunities as part of a mini Midsummer Job Fair.
Hook Norton plans for the future with referendum - 4.52pm, 24th June 2015|
A referendum will be held for villagers in Hook Norton to determine whether its neighbourhood plan should be used to guide future planning applications.
Green team has a whale of a time during blitz - 2.21pm, 24th June 2015|
Eight tonnes of rubbish - equivalent to the weight of large killer whale - have been collected from the streets, verges and parks of a Bicester estate.
Second year for Banbury town team - 2.01pm, 23rd June 2015|
Banbury's town team is to continue its work into a second year after Cherwell District Council agreed to fund an extension of the town centre vitality initiative.
Discounted boxing promises to pack a punch - 11.56am, 23rd June 2015|
Young people are being invited to get fighting fit by taking advantage of a special boxing promotion in Bicester.
Open for business - 3.19pm, 22nd June 2015|
Delivering high quality regulatory services that support the growth of the local economy is a priority for Cherwell District Council.
Club together for new football league - 11.47am, 19th June 2015|
A new six-a-side football league is preparing to kick off in Banbury for men who are eager to pursue their love of the beautiful game.
Discounted offers will tri-athletes commitment - 4.42pm, 18th June 2015|
Fitness fanatics can take a dip, pound the pavements and straddle the saddle at discounted triathlon training sessions in Bicester.
Wheels are in motion to support disabled cyclists - 1.33pm, 18th June 2015|
A free family open day to promote cycling opportunities to people with special needs and disabilities is being held in Banbury.
Second opportunity to attend Graven Hill event - 4.05pm, 17th June 2015|
People who missed a free information event about the UK's largest self-build housing scheme in Bicester have a second opportunity to attend at a repeat workshop.
Go hunting at free employment events - 9.26am, 16th June 2015|
Job hunters are being offered three opportunities to meet directly with employers through events organised by Cherwell District Council.
Get fit for a quid - 5.46pm, 15th June 2015|
Ladies are being invited to get fit for a quid at new aerobic dance sessions starting in Banbury.
Sit down and work out - 1.16pm, 15th June 2015|
New seated exercises classes aimed at people with limited mobility or fitness are being launched in Banbury.
New Bicester community wins major design award - 10.46am, 15th June 2015|
Bovis Homes Central region has been awarded the coveted 'Built for Life 12' award for their work on the new phase of their Kingsmere location at Bicester.
Get fit for summer with outdoor circuits - 5.13pm, 12th June 2015|
New outdoor circuit sessions designed to help people lose weight and tone up will be launched in Banbury on Monday (15 June).
Older residents encouraged to Feel Good - 4.30pm, 12th June 2015|
A new class aimed at keeping older people active is being launched in Kidlington with people invited to attend their first session for free.
Councillors' concern over Chesterton development - 3.04pm, 12th June 2015|
An "unsuitable" application to build 51 homes on fields in Chesterton has been rejected because it would result in a "disproportionate concentration" of new housing in the village.
Former bargain centre to offer something new - 3.02pm, 12th June 2015|
The site of the former Winner's Bargain Centre in Bicester is set to be redeveloped to provide 42 new sheltered apartments for the town's older residents.
Inspector reveals plan to control council's destiny - 11.25am, 12th June 2015|
The results of an 18-month examination into Cherwell District Council's submitted Local Plan have concluded the document is sound with modifications and can proceed towards adoption.
Pop-up shop option for Banbury - 4.49pm, 11th June 2015|
Small independent businesses looking to take up a unit in Banbury town centre can make a start as part of a new pop-up shop initiative.
Learn to improve employment options at Training Fair - 5.02pm, 5th June 2015|
People looking to improve their employment options by studying for a new qualification or skill are being encouraged to find out more at a one-off Training and Learning Fair.
New Health and Fitness Club gets set to hit the ground running - 5.00pm, 5th June 2015|
A new health and fitness club is sure to get visitors hot under the collar when it opens its doors to the public in August.
IT extend planning services - 3.00pm, 4th June 2015|
Improvements are being made to Cherwell District Council's current online services for planning, building control and licensing to make navigation easier for residents.
New equipment improves gym tone - 5.13pm, 3rd June 2015|
A Banbury gym has toned up its facilities by relocating to a larger space and trebling the number of workstations.
Hugo Boss UK admits fatal health and safety breaches - 12.33pm, 3rd June 2015|
Hugo Boss UK Limited has pleaded guilty to two offences relating to health and safety breaches in connection with the death of a four-year-old boy who was crushed by an unsecured 18-stone mirror.
Appetite increases for Bicester's Big Lunch - 4.23pm, 2nd June 2015|
The appetite is growing for the return of Bicester's Big Lunch with thousands of people expected to join in the community festivities.
Council hits 96 per cent of performance targets - 3.49pm, 2nd June 2015|
An end of year report has shown Cherwell District council has met 96 per cent of its annual performance targets - including supporting the economy by contributing to the creation and/or safeguarding of almost 400 jobs across the district.
Document will guide delivery of eco-homes - 12.29pm, 2nd June 2015|
The document which will guide the delivery of 6,000 zero carbon homes and thousands of new jobs is nearing completion.
Reinforcing a commitment to biodiversity - 11.51am, 2nd June 2015|
Protecting and enhancing the district's natural environment is a key aim of Cherwell District Council. So on Monday night (1 June) the council's Executive agreed a new biodiversity action plan for the year ahead.
Forum will address disability issues - 11.25am, 27th May 2015|
A free public forum which aims to raise awareness of disability issues in Cherwell is inviting people to attend its next meeting.
Dive into fitness with gym and swim offers - 9.25am, 27th May 2015|
Young people looking to tone up their beach bodies in time for summer can take advantage of the return of Cherwell District Council's Gym and Swim programmes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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