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Time to elect your representatives on Cherwell District Council

Voters in the Bicester area will heading to the polls to cast their vote for their district councillors next Thursday, May 3.

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Banbury campaigners at HOSC NNL-170708-175552001

Banbury campaigners hit out at ‘secret’ health planning group

Campaigners in Banbury have voiced feares about the formation of what they see as a ‘secret’ planning group for health bosses and councillors.

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Former chief executive Paul Blantern received a pay-off of more than 95,000.

Northants County Council fat cat pay highest outside city

Nearly two dozen employees of Northants County Council (NCC) were paid more than £100,000 last year despite being branded one of the worst performing authorities in the country.

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Cllr Ian McCord (left) congratulates Jon Riley on his victory in the Middleton Cheney by-election NNL-180413-113748001

Conservatives retain Middleton Cheney seat after by-election

A 20-year-old Conservative Party candidate is the newest member of South Northamptonshire Council after winning the Middleton Cheney by-election yesterday (Thursday, April 12).

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Sugar tax war: Tesco, Asda and Morrisons gear up for soft drinks battle ahead of Friday’s levy

Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have all reduced the amount of sugar in their own-label soft drinks prior to the introduction of the so-called “sugar tax” this week.

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Cherwell District Council's headquarters

Six Syrian refugee families to be housed by Cherwell council

An additional six Syrian refugee families will be rehomed in Cherwell district after receiving the council’s approval last night (Tuesday, April 3).

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Ian Davies, Head of Operations at Cherwell District Council, Banbury, is retiring. NNL-180320-190729009

Top Cherwell council officer retires after 26 years

A senior Cherwell District Council officer bows out today, Friday, March 23, after 26 years of service to Banburyshire.

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Banbury prospective parliamentary candidate Victoria Prentis NNL-150826-094619001

Banburyshire MPs justify their votes on free school lunches

Banburyshire MPs Victoria Prentis (Banbury) and Andrea Leadsom (South Northants) stood by their votes last week to change the thresholds for free lunches for school pupils.

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The county council budget press conference this morning. From left, chief executive Paul Blantern, leader of the council, Councillor Heather Smith, cabinet member for finance, Councillor Robin Brown and interim chief finance officer Damon Lawrenson.

Chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council to stand down

The acting chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council will stand down after five months in charge.

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Former councillor Rodney Rose. Photo courtesy of Oxfordshire County Council

'Dedicated' ex-Oxfordshire County Council deputy leader dies

Former councillor and deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Rodney Rose, has died at the age of 70.
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Protestors against the closure of Middleton Cheney Library in the south of the county.

Culture secretary to probe Northamptonshire library closures

The culture secretary is set to launch an investigation into the way Northamptonshire County Council chose to shut 28 libraries.

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PICTURED: Zombie blades, axes and bayonets among a host of knives surrendered in Thames Valley Police operation

Thames Valley Police has revealed pictures of some of the knives surrended as part of its Operation Sceptre.

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One Angel Square, the new headquarters of Northamptonshire County Council

INSPECTOR'S VERDICT: Two new councils should be created in Northamptonshire by 2020... all others should be abolished

All current district and county councils in Northamptonshire should be dissolved, the inspector looking into the financial mess at County Hall has recommended.
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Artist's impressions of the proposed Eurogarages site near Junction 11 of the M40, in Banbury. NNL-180314-153842001

Resubmitted M40 Junction 11 plans include road improvements

Eurogarages, which wants to build an employment hub, including a service station, hotel and warehouses at Banbury’s Junction 11, has submitted changes to its planning application.

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Crouch Street, Banbury. A developer seeks to turn this vacant office block into flats NNL-180703-101104001

Flats plan for former Banbury office gets through appeal

A developer has won a fight to be allowed change of use of a disused Banbury office so it can become nine homes.

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Protestors against the 40 million cuts gathered outside County Hall this morning.

Northamptonshire County Council approves plans to slash libraries, buses and more

A minor backbench rebellion failed to scupper plans to cease running libraries in Middleton Cheney and Woodford Halse, slash bus subsidies and nearly halve the funding for Trading Standards at Northamptonshire County Council.

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Protestors outside Bodicote House ahead of a meeting discussing plans to build on the green belt near Kidlington and Yarnton. Photo: Kevin James Bezant

City overspill to go on Cherwell green belt despite protests

Protesters cried ‘traitors’ as thousands of homes meant for Oxford could be built on green belt land to the south of Cherwell district last night (Monday, February 26).

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Cherwell District Council leader Barry Wood addresses the council chamber at the meeting last night. Photo: Kevin James Bezant

Cherwell budget: Praise as nine-year council tax freeze continues

Cherwell District Council was praised for refusing to raise its share of council tax for the ninth year in a row while not cutting services.
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The council has budgeted for a 40.9 million sale of One Angel Square, though KPMG says this is not achievable.

Smaller Northants libraries could close as council makes budget U-turn

Libraries in Middleton Cheney and Woodford Halse may now close and offered to the community as the cash-strapped council was forced to reconsider its budget.

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Cherwell District Council

Cherwell apologises for fire door danger

Cherwell District Council has apologised for its unsatisfactory response to concerns raised by two residents in one of its Build! project developments.

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