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MP’s Horton survey finds Banbury patients face 80 minute hospital journey

A survey of the time it takes Banburyshire patients to travel to hospital appointments in Oxford showed an average journey of 80 minutes - higher than the 45 minutes claimed by health bosses.

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A new council for a Better Oxfordshire. Press briefing at Said Business School, Oxford. 3rd March 2017. Contact: emily.reed@oxfordshire.gov.uk Picture: Andrew Walmsley NNL-170603-170507001

BREAKING: Unitary proposals are submitted to central government

The final proposal for a unitary authority in Oxfordshire has been submitted to central government today, Thursday.

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Yvonne Rees, new chief executive of Cherwell District and South Northants Councils. NNL-170321-110730001

New chief executive for district councils

A new joint chief executive has been appointed to Cherwell District and South Northants Councils.

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Unitary plan to be sent to government

A proposal to abolish the existing councils in Oxfordshire and replace it with a unitary authority will be submitted to central government.

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Horton campaign group slams lottery ‘bribe’ in canvassing

Banbury MP Victoria Prentis has added to Horton campaigners’ criticism of a market research scheme giving out lottery tickets in return for completing a survey about downgrading the hospital.

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The Hill Community Centre, Banbury. NNL-170314-151139009

Plans for a replacement for community centre in Bretch Hill to go before councillors

A replacement for a dilapidated community centre on a Banbury estate is due to be approved by councillors tomorrow, Thursday.

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Warning over tax rebate scam

Warning over tax rebate scam

A warning has been issued about a potential scam which involves the sending of fake emails or texts offering a tax rebate.

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Keep the Horton General campaigners on the march

Horton campaigners part of Saturday’s 350,000-strong march in London

Two coaches of Horton campaigners joined two from Oxford to mount a strong county contingent at the #OurNHS march in London on Saturday.

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Free-range eggs become barn eggs following bird flu

Free-range eggs become ‘barn eggs’ following bird flu

A bird flu panic has seen free-range eggs temporarily lose their status after hens were brought indoors.

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Cllr. John Donaldson

Appeal to groups to help Syrian refugees

Community groups which can offer support to Syrian refugee families are invited to a meeting later this month.

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CDC leader Barry Wood

Lines continue to advance in battle over unitary authority proposals

A push to simplify local government in Oxfordshire in a bid to save cash has been meeting a lot of resistance from several quarters in the county.

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Cherwell District Council leader Barry Wood. NNL-170214-171809001

Council war continues over unitary proposals

Opponents of Oxfordshire County Council’s (OCC) One Oxfordshire vision have been accused of ‘living in a bubble’ after a district council leader launched a scathing attack on the proposals.

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Banbury 15 Employment Hub. View from the A361 towards the M40 and Banbury Gateway Retail Park beyond. NNL-170221-160622009

Plans for service area near M40 junction are unveiled

Plans for a service station and ‘employment hub’ on the outskirts of Banbury have been drawn up for a site next to the M40.

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Oxfordshire County Council has set its budget

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.

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

18th January 2017
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

18th January 2017
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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.

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