Budget agreed after six-hour discussion

Savings of around £38m have to be made by Oxfordshire County Council over the 2017/18 tax year in a budget which was narrowly agreed at a meeting on Tuesday.

Press conference to launch the One Oxfordshire resctructuring of the various councils within Oxfordshire. West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road.

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Battle lines are drawn over unitary proposal

A clearly defined split has formed in Oxfordshire between district and county councils over plans for a unitary authority.

Thames Valley Police removing 11 refugees from the back of a lorry at junction nine/10 of the M40. NNL-170215-162030001

Refugees found in back of lorry on M40

Eleven people said to be refugees have been removed from the back of the lorry by police.

NHS crisis: 19 hospitals face axe as doctors accuse Government of deliberate underfunding

NHS crisis: 19 hospitals face axe as doctors accuse Government of deliberate underfunding

The NHS is facing its biggest shake up in a generation with nearly 20 hospitals marked for closure and care from cradle to grave put through a wholesale overhaul to plug a £22bn black hole in health service funding, an investigation by this newspaper can reveal.

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Sean Woodcock and Keir Starmer

Shadow Brexit minister visits Banbury to talk about life after the EU

People living in ‘fragile’ employment, cuts to public services, rising costs and a feeling immigration was forcing the pace of change in many communities contributed to the ‘leave’ vote in the EU referendum, according to the Shadow Secretary of State, Keir Starmer.

North Oxfordshire Academy's Amnesty International group in front of their campaign cards to free photojournalist Shawkan, with Becki Smith, the school's multi-faith chaplain. NNL-171002-142438001

Academy’s Amnesty International Group raises awareness of jailed photojournalist in Egypt

A school’s Amnesty International group has taken on the case of a jailed photojournalist in Egypt.

Press conference to launch the One Oxfordshire resctructuring of the various councils within Oxfordshire. West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road. L-R: Richard Webber, Liz Brighouse and Ian Hudspeth

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Single council would ‘wreak devastation’ on residents

The leader of Cherwell District Council says he won’t be pressurised into supporting plans for a single unitary authority for the county.

CDC is freezing council tax for another year

Leader’s call to ‘value’ council as district’s council tax is frozen for another year

Cherwell leader Barry Wood has called on district residents to ‘value’ its council during a budget setting meeting of the council’s executive on Monday.

Brackley mayor making. Peter Rawlinson.
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New play equipment for Middleton Cheney among beneficiaries of council grant

New housing developments in the district will help pay for a host of community projects in Banburyshire.

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Support continues to build for campaign to protect Horton services

Cherwell District Council is continuing to throw it support behind the campaign against the downgrading of services at the Horton, in Banbury.

Polling station

Voters warned of being taken off register

Banburyshire residents are being warned that if they haven’t updated their details soon, they will be removed from the electoral register.

MHBG... Council workers clear the snow, in Market Place, Banbury, in the early morning of Wednesday 13th January 2010

Bid for town council to treat ice slips up

A bid to get Banbury Town Council to treat town centre pedestrianised areas for ice and snow, regardless of cost was defeated last week.

Car parks to close for repair work to be done

Car parks to close for repair work to be done

Car parks will be temporarily closed across the district this month as part of a programme of works to repair those operated by Cherwell District Council.

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Town council freezes its share of tax again

Banbury Town Council will not be raising its share of the council tax this year.

A protester at one of last night's rallies (Photo: Dean Kirby/i)

The very British signs on show at anti-Trump protests around the country

Across the country last night Britons took to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s ban on people from seven majority Muslim countries entering the United States.

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David Williams, leader of the Green group at Oxfordshire County Council.

Green party unveils its own vision for unitary authority

Oxfordshire Green Party has put forward its own proposal for the reorganisation of local government in the county after describing the ‘One Oxfordshire’ vision as ‘remote and dysfunctional.’

Upper Heyford Air Base is to take around 1,600 homes by 2031.

Should Upper Heyford be split up into two?

People living in Upper Heyford will be asked their views on whether it should be split into two new parishes.

Duns Tew man, Ed Taylor, worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres helping refugees in the Mediterranean. He was stationed on a rescue ship, MV Aquarius. Picture from Ferry Schippers. NNL-170124-105511001

Man from Duns Tew joins international medical charity to help fleeing refugees

A man from Duns Tew swapped building homes for the wealthy to helping those less fortunate when he joined Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on a rescue ship in the Mediterranean.

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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.

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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