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Extra cash for counties to repair potholes in roads

Roads in south Northants and Oxfordshire are to benefit from a share of £1.2 billion to pay for pothole repairs.

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An artist's impression of the planned retirement homes on the former Parker Knoll site, in Chipping Norton. NNL-170119-113230001

Final plans submitted for retirement homes in Chipping Norton

Plans to build retirement homes for older people in Chipping Norton have now been submitted for approval.

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Press conference to launch the One Oxfordshire restructuring of the various councils within Oxfordshire. West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road. L-R: Richard Webber, Liz Brighouse and Ian Hudspeth  18th January 2017 Picture: Andrew Walmsley NNL-170118-173657001

County unveils plans for unitary authority

A single local authority running all council services in Oxfordshire could save around £100 million over the first five years according to Oxfordshire County Council (OCC).

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Majority support raising tax to support struggling NHS

Majority support raising tax to support struggling NHS

The NHS dominated headlines this week after the Red Cross declared it a “humanitarian crisis” but latest research from YouGov suggests the public are willing to pay a little extra to support the struggling health service.

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A tougher licensing policy had been introduced for taxi drivers

Stricter rules for taxi drivers in the districts

Mandatory training and stricter use of criminal records are among new measures to be introduced as part of a tougher licensing policy for taxi and private hire drivers.

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Banbury MP seeks help to challenge travel times to John Radcliffe

North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis is seeking her constituents’ help amid growing concerns over planned changes to Banbury’s Horton Hospital.

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Today is your last chance to defend your right to know

Today is your last chance to defend your right to know

Today is your last chance to stand up and defend a free British press - and your right to know.

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Blue Badge displayed in windscreen

County council to crack down on Blue Badge abusers

Oxfordshire County Council will crack down on the misuse of Blue Badges across the county and raise awareness of the consequences of their fraudulent use.

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Paint thinner chemical found in Lidl gravy by Food Standards Agency

Paint thinner chemical found in Lidl gravy by Food Standards Agency

Unsafe levels of a paint thinner chemical have been found in gravy granules sold at Lidl, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed.

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Cherwell send out final reminders to Banbury residents to register electoral details

Cherwell District Council have sent out final reminder letters to residents across the district, including Banbury, warning them they will be removed from the electoral register unless they confirm their details within 14 days.

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Rough sleeping ban for Banbury town centre delayed

Rough sleeping ban for Banbury town centre delayed

In November, Cherwell District Council voted to introduce a public space protection order (PSPO) to Banbury town centre in a bid to stop begging, rough sleeping and alcohol consumption.

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The Warriner School, Bloxham. NNL-161207-130558009

The Warriner School to appear in annual review of education

The Warriner School in Bloxham is one of 12 schools to be selected to appear in the Parliamentary Review of Secondary Education.

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MP joins calls for single public consultation for Horton General

South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom has joined her Oxfordshire counterparts in calling for a single public consultation to be held into downgrading of the Horton.

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Keith Strangwood at The Horton General Hospital, Maternity Unit, in Banbury. NNL-160706-143901009

Anger over delay in examination of plans to cut Banbury’s Horton Hospital services

Campaigners are furious that a planned day-long meeting where NHS cuts – including downgrading the Horton – were to be examined has been postponed.

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Sixth formers in Blessed George Napier School's Amnesty International Youth Group who are campaigning to save the Human Rights Act. NNL-161129-113222001

Blessed George Napier students campaign to protect human rights act

Sixth Form students at Blessed George Napier School have been raising awareness of the human rights act.

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Children now drink a bath full of sugary drinks every year

Children now drink a bath full of sugary drinks every year

Children as young as 11 drink the equivalent of almost a bath full of sugary drinks every year, Cancer Research UK has warned.

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Bloxham-based family service gets funding

A hub for families and carers with young children is to get a share of £163,000 from Oxfordshire County Council (OCC).

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This week in 1974 - Birmingham pub bombings and Last Tango in Paris banned

This week in 1974 - Birmingham pub bombings and Last Tango in Paris banned

This week, 42 years ago, the Birmingham Pub Bombings took place. On November 21, 1974, bombs were planted in two Birmingham pubs – the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town. The explosions killed 21 people and injured 182 others.

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DRIVE FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGN: Max sentence for death by dangerous driving may be increased to 20 years

DRIVE FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGN: Max sentence for death by dangerous driving may be increased to 20 years

Speculation is rife that the Government’s long awaited review of dangerous driving offences and penalties may consider the possibility of increasing the maximum sentence for death by dangerous driving from 14 years to 20 years.

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