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Corby Glen seeks bigger council

The village of Corby Glen is growing so much, its parish council wants to make itself bigger.

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Labour councillor Sean Woodcock wants burial fees for children under 15 scrapped. Photo: Banbury and Bicester Labour Party

Burial fees for under-17s could be scrapped in Banbury

Burial fees for children aged 16 and under could be abolished in Banbury cemeteries after councillors unanimously backed the Labour Party proposal.

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Cllr. Ian Hudspeth, Oxfordshire County Council leader. NNL-150411-132940001

More cash to improve roads but council tax rise as Oxfordshire council budget approved

A 10-year improvement programme for Oxfordshire’s transport network, more money for road maintenance and a maximum tax rise were agreed in the county council’s latest budget.

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Victoria Prentis MP signs the #PassOnPlastic pledge in Westminster. Photo: Victoria Prentis

Banbury MP vows to give up plastic for Lent

North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis has signed a pledged with many other politicians to give up plastic for Lent.

Environment
Mark McLaughlin issued a no-holds-barred assessment of Northamptonshire County Council's budget

Warning of emergency cuts to services if Northamptonshire County Council fails to sell HQ

Extra and immediate cuts to County Hall’s already severe budget plan would need to be made... if its One Angel Square headquarters is not sold come April.

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Shire Hall and, inset Cllr Izzi Seccombe.

Warwickshire County Council splash £13k on leader’s furniture

New furniture to make Warwickshire County Council’s leader’s office look ‘credible’ has cost taxpayers more than £13,000.
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Labour councillor Sean Woodcock wants burial fees for children under 15 scrapped. Photo: Banbury and Bicester Labour Party

Labour Party calls on Banbury council to scrap child burial fees

Labour Party councillors are calling for Banbury Town Council to scrap burial fees for children under 15 years of age.

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One Angel Square

Northamptonshire County Council public meeting broadcasts end due to spending controls

Northamptonshire County Council’s public meetings will not be broadcast live while spending limits are in place at the authority.

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Graham Evans on his self-build plot in Middleton Cheney. NNL-180116-153853009

Self-builder in Middleton Cheney faces levy of £48,800 and fine after starting work on home before telling planners

A self-builder in Middleton Cheney, is facing a levy of £48,800 – for building ONE house.

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Hands Off Horton supporters outside Horton Hospital NNL-180402-194051009

Banbury turns out to support Horton staff

Staff at the Horton General Hospital were given a show of support from Banbury as tens of thousands marched in London on Saturday.

Health
Northamptonshire County Council leader Heather Smith. (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Northamptonshire County Council leader refuses to quit over cash crisis

The under-fire leader of Northamptonshire County Council said she will not resign after more than half of her Tory colleagues called for the Government to take over running the council.

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Shire Hall, where Warwickshire County Council sits

Tax rise of almost five per cent is part of Warwickshire County Council’s budget

Taxpayers will have to pay almost five per cent more towards public services provided by Warwickshire County Council including recycling and libraries for the next 12 months from April.

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Council Tax

No rise in council tax recommended by Cherwell executive

Cherwell District Council’s slice of council tax is not expected to increase after its executive agreed to a freeze while backing the budget – but it is yet to be finalised.

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In pictures: Banbury joins NHS in Crisis demo in London

Horton General Hospital campaigners described being part of the thousands of people marching through London to support the NHS as ‘amazing’.

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Northamptonshire County Council leader Cllr Heather Smith

Northamptonshire’s libraries will stay open another year, says final budget plan

At-risk libraries in Middleton Cheney and Woodford Halse could be handed over to communities in the next two years under county council cuts, a final budget plan has revealed.

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Banbury area 499 bus service petition. Christina Elmes and Bernard Grenville-Jones, Head of Campus with the petition, at Banbury and Bicester College, Banbury. NNL-180130-144755009

Fears cuts to subsidies could see closure of bus service between Brackley and Banbury

Commuters who rely on the 499 bus service to get to work and school are fearful for the service’s future.

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Cllr. Kieron Mallon at Banbury town hall. NNL-150109-112122001

Banbury council budget aims to make town better

Banbury Town Council members agreed to a budget for 2018/2019 geared to make the town a better place to live, work and visit at a meeting last night (Tuesday, January 30).

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Cllrs Tony Ilott (left) and Barry Wood at Castle Quay Shopping Centre. Photo: Cherwell District Council NNL-170211-134928001

First step to Banbury regeneration as Castle Quay purchase finalised

A multi-million pound deal to transfer ownership of Castle Quay to Cherwell District Council has been finalised, signifying the first step to regenerate Banbury town centre.

Business
Oxfordshire County Council has plans in place for covering the Carillion situation

County council cuts ties with Carillion after £10.65m payment

Oxfordshire County Council has cut ties with Carillion after paying £10.65m for past work today (Monday, January 22) and assured that services and staff will continue as usual.

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Banbury Magistrates Court may close under government cuts ENGNNL00120130807144558

Outrage over plans to close Banbury magistrates’ court

The government has revealed plans to close Banbury magistrates’ court causing an outcry from many who describe it as a ‘hammer blow to local justice’.

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