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Companies due to receive new business rates - 5.30pm, 2nd March 2015|
Bills will be landing on the doorsteps of companies across Cherwell this week advising them of their new business rates for the 2015/2016 year.
Have a ball at pickleball - 3.45pm, 2nd March 2015|
People can have twice as much fun at bi-weekly pickleball sessions after organisers increased the Thursday class to two hours.
New layout for Banbury market - 11.38am, 2nd March 2015|
Banbury Market is set to be relocated on the pedestrian area of Cornhill, next to the Market Place car park, in a move to increase footfall and free up nearby parking spaces. The new arrangement takes effect from 5 March
Councils unite to save £12 million - 2.40pm, 27th February 2015|
Savings of up to £12 million are set to be made across Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire Councils after both authorities agreed to extend their joint working into more service areas.
Build up knowledge at free information event - 11.27am, 27th February 2015|
Residents interested in becoming a part of the UK's largest self-build development can learn how to turn the dream into reality at a free information event taking place in Bicester.
Job fair attendees to work through hundreds of opportunities - 9.18am, 27th February 2015|
Dozens of employers and recruitment agencies will be promoting hundreds of local vacancies at Cherwell District Council's first job fair of 2015.
Community Bank set to start up in Kidlington - 10.38am, 25th February 2015|
Cherwell Community Bank is set to open its first service point in Kidlington, in partnership with the Baptist Church and the local food bank.
Graven Hill set for television stardom - 6.38pm, 24th February 2015|
The first homes to be built at the UK's largest self-build scheme in Bicester will be filmed and documented by television star Kevin McCloud.
Channel 4 Features commissions My Grand Design - 10.39am, 24th February 2015|
Channel 4 Features has commissioned a pioneering six-part series, produced by Boundless and presented by Kevin McCloud.
Cherwell refuses to increase its share of council tax - 10.00am, 24th February 2015|
Residents will continue to pay the same amount of money for Cherwell District Council services after councillors agreed to freeze its share of council tax for the sixth consecutive year.
One hundred per cent success - 4.08pm, 23rd February 2015|
Organisers of Cherwell District Council's first February holiday hubs are celebrating a 100 per cent success rate after 100 bookings were made at each of the two sites.
Swift thinking provides homes for birds - 11.21am, 23rd February 2015|
A pioneering initiative to provide affordable housing for residents is creating purpose built homes for bats and birds as well.
Second phase of sports village to be unveiled - 12.30pm, 20th February 2015|
Residents are being invited to get a first look at the second phase of the Bicester Sports Village by attending a one-off showcasing event in the town.
Train depot on track to make a return - 10.37am, 20th February 2015|
A former train depot in Banbury which has remained derelict since its closure in 1967 is to be brought back into use almost 50 years later.
Councillors echo parish council's support for development - 10.36am, 20th February 2015|
Plans to build 33 new homes and a replacement village hall in Great Bourton have been approved after the village's parish council backed the proposals.
Members approve homes to meet housing shortfall - 10.34am, 20th February 2015|
A new development of up to 45 homes in Chesterton has been approved to meet a shortfall in Cherwell's housing levels.
Window pain for 'accidental' flytipper - 5.16pm, 18th February 2015|
A man who admitted throwing a window frame into a ditch denied he was flytipping and instead claimed the action was the result of a road traffic accident.
Banbury backs budding businesses - 3.15pm, 18th February 2015|
Oxfordshire's brightest budding entrepreneurs will visit Banbury on Saturday 28 February, as the North Oxfordshire Area of Young Enterprise stages its annual Trade Fair in the town as part of Banbury's Charter Market.
Van owner pays the price for ignoring letters - 5.49pm, 16th February 2015|
A van owner who ignored repeated requests to provide evidence he was a licensed to collect scrap metal has been ordered to pay almost £500 in court costs and fines.
Soak up the savings with water gadgets - 10.25am, 16th February 2015|
Residents are being offered free water-saving devices to help them save money on their bills without having to splash out on expensive gadgets.
Cherwell tops Which? poll - again - 3.47pm, 13th February 2015|
Respected consumer survey magazine Which? has just published its latest list of best and worst councils for food hygiene enforcement - and Cherwell has come out on top.
Help for the vulnerable during power cuts - 4.44pm, 10th February 2015|
Residents who rely on medical equipment including ventilators and dialysis machines are among those being urged to register for a free priority service in the event of a power cut.
Heat homes with free insulation - 3.45pm, 10th February 2015|
Residents with old or draughty homes are being invited to apply for free loft and cavity wall insulation to help heat homes and reduce energy bills.
£5.1m deal to deliver Oxfordshire fibre broadband - 2.00pm, 10th February 2015|
Around 6,500 additional homes and businesses across Oxfordshire will be able to receive high-speed fibre broadband following additional £5.1 million funding.
Affordable housing schemes support local residents - 1.06pm, 6th February 2015|
Two new affordable housing schemes have been officially launched in Cherwell to provide local residents with increased opportunities to obtain their dream home.
Residents given power to comment on electric cars - 1.04pm, 6th February 2015|
Residents in Bicester are being asked to give their opinions on what would encourage them to consider using an ultra-low emission vehicle such as an electric car or hybrid.
Women encouraged to net a new hobby - 11.25am, 5th February 2015|
Ladies looking for a fun and friendly way to keep fit are being encouraged to sign up for new netball classes in Chesterton.
Neat streets no easy feat - 4.41pm, 3rd February 2015|
The first blitz of 2015 has removed more than 26 tonnes of rubbish from the streets, verges and fields of a Banbury estate.
Planning the perfect Valentine's date? - 3.34pm, 3rd February 2015|
Planning the perfect date can be stressful as there's a lot to worry about, including whether you'll make a good impression. The last thing you want to think about before an important dinner is whether or not the place you choose takes food hygiene seriously.
Executive agrees draft budget - 11.13am, 3rd February 2015|
At its meeting last night (2 February) Cherwell District Council's executive endorsed the council's draft budget for 2015 - 16. The executive has also recommended that that the full council approve a council tax freeze when it meets on 23 February.
Last chance to have a say on Cherwell ward boundaries - 10.42am, 3rd February 2015|
Time is running out to tell the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England what you think of proposals for new council ward boundaries across Cherwell. The public consultation closes on 16 February.
Places filling up fast for first hubs of 2015 - 9.21am, 3rd February 2015|
Parents looking for fun and affordable ways to entertain their children over the February half term are being encouraged to sign them up to Cherwell District Council's Holiday Hubs.
Pioneering scheme continues to move forward - 1.16pm, 2nd February 2015|
The consultants tasked with investigating whether household waste could be used to heat homes in Bicester will present their final recommendations later this year.
Fraud brings fines not benefits - 1.14pm, 2nd February 2015|
Two women who failed to notify Cherwell District Council of a change in their circumstances have each pleaded guilty to separate charges of benefit fraud.
No registration, no vote - 10.00am, 2nd February 2015|
Letters are being sent to every home in Cherwell and South Northamptonshire advising occupants if their details have been included on the new electoral register.
Council bags two rubbish prosecutions - 5.03pm, 30th January 2015|
Two separate prosecutions have been brought against flytippers who each dumped rubbish in open spaces.
Council responds to Cherwell boundary change proposals - 4.47pm, 28th January 2015|
Plans to revise Cherwell District Council's ward boundaries have been discussed by members at a special meeting.
Ask elections team for advice - 12.34pm, 28th January 2015|
A series of drop in sessions have been organised in Cherwell and South Northamptonshire to assist voters with any questions regarding this year's elections which are taking place on Thursday, 7 May 2015.
Organisers celebrate Volunteer Fair debut - 3.10pm, 26th January 2015|
Organisers of Banbury Brighter Future's inaugural Volunteer Fair have promised the event will be the first of many following a successful launch in the town.
Consultation extended to invite stakeholder feedback - 9.46am, 26th January 2015|
Residents and stakeholders are being given more time to comment on the document which will guide the layout and delivery of 6,000 sustainable homes at North West Bicester.
Seminar gets the allergen message across - 4.39pm, 23rd January 2015|
Bodicote House was the venue on Tuesday (20 January) as representatives from 110 food businesses packed in to a seminar to brush up on regulations that came into effect last December.
Paying council tax does not automatically register you to vote - 11.14am, 23rd January 2015|
Residents who move house are being reminded that registering for council tax does not automatically register them on the electoral roll.
Approval granted for 350 homes in Banbury - 10.48am, 23rd January 2015|
Revised proposals to build up to 350 homes on agricultural land south of Salt Way in Banbury have been approved after the initial planning application was amended.
Car park to remain in use - 10.23am, 23rd January 2015|
Permission has been granted to continue using the site of the former leisure centre as a car park until work begins on a major regeneration project.
Minor development given green light in Milcombe - 10.21am, 23rd January 2015|
Two new houses have been approved in Milcombe after councillors agreed the small-scale development would not have a significant impact on the village.
Council shortlisted for awards - 11.29am, 21st January 2015|
The Local Government Chronicle (LGC) has published its award short list and Cherwell District Council has made the grade in two categories. Over two hundred organisations have entered the awards, with Cherwell being shortlisted in both the Innovation and Most Improved Council sections.
Fun centres on hubs - 3.02pm, 20th January 2015|
The booking lines have opened today (Tuesday) ahead of the launch of Cherwell District Council's first Half Term Hubs in February.
Job begins to find employers - 2.26pm, 19th January 2015|
Employers looking to advertise vacancies for free are being encouraged to sign up for a place at this year's job fairs.
Rural districts unite to fight county bid for unitary takeover - 1.07pm, 19th January 2015|
Joint statement issued on behalf of the Leaders of Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse and West Oxfordshire District Councils
Bollard posts a warning to motorists - 6.03pm, 15th January 2015|
Traffic has been physically prevented from driving along Kidlington High Street following the commissioning of a rising bollard.
Build! yourself up to taking the first step - 4.43pm, 14th January 2015|
First time buyers looking to get a foot on the property ladder in 2015 are being encouraged to consider Cherwell District Council's award-winning Build! project.
Opening statements heard at public inquiry - 4.14pm, 14th January 2015|
The opening statements have been heard at a public inquiry as Cherwell District Council continues to oppose plans for 54 new homes in Hook Norton.
Cherwell Business Awards - 4.09pm, 14th January 2015|
The deadline for nominations, 30 January, is fast approaching.
Kick start fitness regime - 4.54pm, 12th January 2015|
Two new fitness classes are promising to pack a punch and help people on a health kick when they are launched in Kidlington.
United bid to prevent homelessness - 6.25pm, 9th January 2015|
A grant of more than £200,000 has been awarded to a consortium of organisations to help prevent ex-offenders from becoming homeless upon their release from prison.
Still time to have your say on new council ward boundaries - 3.46pm, 9th January 2015|
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is currently consulting local people on its draft proposals for new ward boundaries across Cherwell district. The consultation closes on 16 February 2015.
Community Bank comes to Kidlington - 1.51pm, 9th January 2015|
Following its launch last summer, Cherwell District Council is set to expand the successful Community Bank by adding a new service point in Kidlington.
Woodstock feedback to be made through Cherwell - 9.56am, 8th January 2015|
Feedback on plans for up to 1,500 homes, a primary school and retail and employment space on land which straddles two district borders should be made through Cherwell District Council.
Planning inspector inclined to protect Crouch Hill - 1.16pm, 6th January 2015|
A Government planning inspector has upheld Cherwell District Council's decision to refuse controversial plans for 117 homes on the outskirts of Banbury at Crouch Hill.
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