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Election countdown begins - 5.58pm, 14th April 2014|
 
The countdown has begun for this year's local and European elections, with one third of Cherwell District Council's 50 seats up for the vote.
Be an Easter recycling eggspert - 5.57pm, 14th April 2014|
 
With the Easter Bunny expected to pay a visit this weekend, residents are being reminded to make an egg-stra effort to recycle the packaging from their Easter treats.
Register structures of local importance - 5.55pm, 14th April 2014|
 
Residents are being encouraged to identify monuments and buildings of local importance to include within a Register of Local Heritage Assets.
Easter opening hours - 5.55pm, 10th April 2014|
 
Customers and residents are being reminded Cherwell District Council's offices and Link Points will be closed over the Easter bank holiday.
Monitor energy use with device - 10.59am, 10th April 2014|
 
Energy monitors are available to loan from Cherwell District Council to help residents identify the largest contributors to their electricity bills.
Crime down in Cherwell - 9.38am, 9th April 2014|
 
Thames Valley Police has announced that crime continues to drop in Cherwell and West Oxfordshire. Overall reported crime is down by 5 per cent, meaning 630 fewer victims than there were this time last year. This success is largely down to effective partnership working between the district councils and the police.
Banbury gets activated - 4.48pm, 8th April 2014|
 
Activate Banbury is a new sports based initiative providing free activities for young people aged between 8 and 16.
Homes2rent - linking landlords and tenants - 2.38pm, 7th April 2014|
 
People looking to find a home to rent in Cherwell, and landlords looking for tenants, are being brought together by a new website.
Housing benefit outweighs development of village - 10.25am, 7th April 2014|
 
A planning inspector has upheld an appeal to build up to 45 homes in Ambrosden, concluding the benefits brought from the development would outweigh the urbanisation of the countryside.
Bicester Village gears up for car park extension - 9.56am, 7th April 2014|
 
Visitors to Bicester Village will have further room to park after Cherwell district councillors approved plans to provide an additional decked car park.
Retirement apartments approved in Kidlington - 9.53am, 7th April 2014|
 
Permission has been granted to build 31 retirement apartments in Kidlington at a site which had previously been approved for 11 homes.
Care home to return to site - 9.51am, 7th April 2014|
 
The site of a former care home in Banbury will be brought back into use after plans for a 60-bed replacement building were approved.
Sharing environmental services - 4.31pm, 3rd April 2014|
 
April has seen the start of new shared management in environmental service between Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire councils.
Air pollution - 4.07pm, 2nd April 2014|
 
Public Health England provides advice to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on the health effects of air pollution. "Whilst most people will not be affected by short term peaks in air pollution, some individuals, particularly vulnerable groups such as those with existing heart or lung conditions, may experience increased symptoms.
Blitz sweeps across estate - 10.05am, 2nd April 2014|
 
A spring clean of a Banbury estate has removed 15 tonnes of rubbish from its streets - equivalent to the weight of nine adult rhinos.
Inspector approves 60 village homes - 3.20pm, 1st April 2014|
 
Up to 60 homes will be built in Bloxham after a Planning Inspector upheld an appeal to develop a third site within the village - despite objections from district and parish councillors.
Changes to bailiff laws could prove costly - 11.32am, 1st April 2014|
 
Individuals and businesses who fail to pay council tax or business rates could incur higher enforcement fees following a change in the law affecting bailiffs.
Planning go ahead for Gateway - 2.21pm, 28th March 2014|
 
At yesterday's Special Planning Meeting, Cherwell District Council gave the go ahead for revised plans for the Banbury Gateway shopping development.
Steeple Aston development - 11.12am, 25th March 2014|
 
Twelve new homes are being built in Steeple Aston to provide affordable housing opportunities. The homes will be built by Sovereign Housing Association on Coneygar Fields and will be available for people who have a housing need as assessed by Cherwell District Council's allocation scheme.
Next phase of improvements underway at Banbury Foyer - 2.33pm, 24th March 2014|
 
Work is underway on the second phase of improvements to a foyer for young people in the centre of Banbury.
Spring into action and clean up Cherwell - 8.58am, 20th March 2014|
 
Residents are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and arm themselves with rubbish sacks to support Cherwell District Council's tenth annual spring clean.
Spring clean of Banbury estate - 11.02am, 18th March 2014|
 
To mark the end of winter, members of Cherwell District Council's green team are preparing to undertake a spring clean of a Banbury estate.
Plans submitted for £6.6 million community building - 10.57am, 18th March 2014|
 
Plans have been submitted to build a £6.6 million community building in Bicester as part of the final phase of the town centre regeneration project.
Get on board with Easter Hubs - 1.59pm, 17th March 2014|
 
Parents looking for ways to keep their children entertained over the Easter holiday are being encouraged to sign up to Cherwell District Council's Easter Hub.
COUNCIL TAX BILLS TO BE REISSUED - 2.58pm, 14th March 2014|
 
Approximately 36,000 Cherwell council tax bills will need to be changed and replacements issued after a fault was discovered on the original bills.
SHMA publication - 4.45pm, 7th March 2014|
 
The key findings of the 2014 Strategic Market Housing Assessment (SHMA) for Oxfordshire have now been published.
Permission to Build! a brighter future - 4.29pm, 7th March 2014|
 
An innovative project to turn brownfield sites into affordable housing opportunities is continuing to gather momentum with a further four sites approved to deliver 48 new properties.
Approval granted for Yarnton homes - 4.24pm, 7th March 2014|
 
An application to build 16 homes in the village of Yarnton has been approved to help meet a housing shortfall in Cherwell.
Village homes approved to help meet housing targets - 4.22pm, 7th March 2014|
 
The need to meet Government housing targets was the driving force behind a decision to approve a development up to 60 new homes in Adderbury.
Officers prove they give a hoot - 12.22pm, 7th March 2014|
 
A standard litter pick along the A40 turned into a rescue mission when two council officers discovered an injured owl stranded on a flooded roadside verge.
'Sporadic' housing proposals refused - 12.08pm, 7th March 2014|
 
An application to build 117 homes on the edge of Banbury has been refused by councillors citing the development as a "sporadic and unsustainable" extension of the town's boundary.
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).
Brownfield site to become new care home - 10.37am, 7th March 2014|
 
A disused brownfield site within the centre of Banbury is to be transformed into a new care home providing 73 bedrooms and up to 80 new jobs.
Plans approved for nursing and care facilities - 10.36am, 7th March 2014|
 
Plans to provide nursing and care facilities across two specialist buildings in Adderbury have been given planning consent, with assurances the development will create up to 80 new jobs.
Sampling a taste of Italy - 10.34am, 7th March 2014|
 
Shoppers will be able to enjoy a taste of the continent with the arrival of a special Italian market in Kidlington and Bicester.
Council to petition HS2 bill - 12.04pm, 5th March 2014|
 
Monday's Cherwell District Council Executive meeting (3 March) resolved to secure improved mitigation against the worst effects of HS2, which is planned to cut into part of the district, by petitioning during the passage of a Hybrid Bill going through Parliament.
Three star result for website - 2.08pm, 4th March 2014|
 
Cherwell's web site has just received the thumbs up from a nationally recognised IT organisation. Each year the web site is tested by the Society of Information Technology Management's (SOCITM) website assessment.
Councillors agree to purchase Graven Hill site - 10.50am, 4th March 2014|
 
Approval has been granted to proceed with the multi-million pound purchase of Bicester's Graven Hill site which is the first stage in enabling the delivery of the UK's first self-build community of up to 1,900 homes.
A fine punishment for littering - 11.14am, 3rd March 2014|
 
A smoker who threw litter onto the pavement despite being less than seven metres from a rubbish bin has been found guilty of committing a criminal offence.
Council tax increase pegged yet again - 11.06am, 26th February 2014|
 
At last Monday night's meeting (24 February) Cherwell District Council confirmed that it will not increase its part of the council tax at all, for a fifth year running. It means that Band D households will continue to pay £123.50 a year.
Faith Forum helps frame future policies - 11.42am, 24th February 2014|
 
The next Faith Forum, organised by Cherwell District Council, will be on Tuesday 11 March at the Banbury Town Hall. The meeting will start at 7pm.
Fair will commemorate fifth anniversary of Banbury Job Club - 10.40am, 24th February 2014|
 
Jobseekers hunting for the perfect position or new career challenge are being invited to attend a job fair to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Banbury Job Club.
Residents pool support for bin sale - 1.32pm, 20th February 2014|
 
Enough recycling to fill three-and-a-half Olympic sized swimming pools will be diverted from landfill following Cherwell District Council's most successful winter bin sale.
Warm reception for new homes in Weston-on-the-Green - 11.40am, 18th February 2014|
 
Nine new homes in Weston-on-the-Green are getting a warm reception - in more ways than one.
Dog-tired of howling hounds - 3.42pm, 13th February 2014|
 
Disruptive dogs and howling hounds have led to a rise in the number of noise complaints being made to Cherwell District Council.
Splashing the cash to boost town centre trade - 3.36pm, 13th February 2014|
 
Tens of thousands of pounds are to be invested in Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington to help boost trade in each of the town centres.
Plans approved to Build! affordable homes - 2.54pm, 7th February 2014|
 
A series of regeneration projects which will transform redundant brownfield sites into vibrant housing opportunities have been given the green light by councillors.
Cinema and supermarket are key to expansion - 1.39pm, 7th February 2014|
 
A multi-million pound project to expand Banbury's shopping centre will go ahead after councillors voted in support of the scheme.
Banbury homes approved to meet housing shortfall - 11.28am, 7th February 2014|
 
Plans to build up to 40 homes on the outskirts of Banbury have been granted approval to help meet Government housing targets.
Examination of Local Plan under way - 1.52pm, 5th February 2014|
 
More than 76,000 pages of evidence relating to Cherwell District Council's proposed Local Plan are undergoing formal examination by the Government's planning inspector.
Rubbish blitz removes weight of three buses - 1.40pm, 5th February 2014|
 
An amount of rubbish equivalent to the weight of three double decker buses has been cleared from the streets of a Banbury estate.
Change to planning committee start time - 10.32am, 5th February 2014|
 
The next meeting of Cherwell District Council's planning committee on Thursday, 6 February 2014 will meet at the earlier time of 2pm instead of the regular start time of 4pm.
Ardley plant to heat homes - 9.45am, 3rd February 2014|
 
Revolutionary proposals to heat homes in Bicester using Ardley's Energy from Waste Plant will be further investigated using a Government grant of £83,000.
Planning refusal overturned on appeal - 1.28pm, 27th January 2014|
 
A Government planning inspector has ruled proposals for 65 homes in Adderbury can go ahead despite being rejected by district councillors.
Swim for free at Bicester open day - 12.05pm, 27th January 2014|
 
Adults, children and water babies are being invited to 'swim for free' at a special open day celebrating the reopening of Bicester's Play 'n' Teach Pool.
New year, clean start - 10.06am, 23rd January 2014|
 
Members of Cherwell District Council's green team will arm themselves with litter pickers, gloves and rubbish bags to undertake a targeted clean up of a Banbury estate.
image depicting banbury fair
All the fun of the fair! - 10.38am, 3rd October 2013|
 
Bright lights, loud music and excitable screams will form the backdrop for Banbury as the town welcomes the return of the annual Michaelmas Fair.
Shop for the perfect present at canalside market - 2.23pm, 2nd October 2013|
 
Shoppers looking to purchase unique gifts for themselves or others should visit the annual Banbury Arts and Crafts Market on Sunday (6 October) where charming crafts and perfect presents will be on sale.
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.
Green team clocks up over 16 tonnes of rubbish - 11.25am, 1st October 2013|
 
The amount of rubbish cleared from the streets of Kidlington during a five-day blitz of the area has exceeded the weight of the Big Ben bell.
image depicting RSPCA award
Dog warden service retrieves gold award - 11.45am, 27th September 2013|
 
Homeless hounds and missing mongrels are receiving the highest standard of care by Cherwell's dog warden service according to an RSPCA award.
Council seeks advice over appeal decisions - 5.04pm, 24th September 2013|
 
Legal advice is being sought by Cherwell District Council after four major planning applications were all granted approval upon appeal.
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