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Developer’s survey found a small majority in favour; Parish Council survey found a larger majority against Two surveys into a proposed new housing development in King’s Sutton have come up with contradicting answers as to the level of support for the plans. The developer’s own survey provided evidence of a small majority in support of […]

Councillor Callum Miller: “The numbers simply do not add up here in Oxfordshire or elsewhere in the country” Council Taxes will have to rise to meet social care and special educational needs costs unless the government steps in now and provides extra funding: that’s the warning that has been issued by the County Council which […]

How £56m bus cash would be spent by Andy Mitchell, Local Democracy Reporter Oxfordshire County Council is bidding for more than double the government money it might have expected to overhaul bus services.  The authority is asking for £56.1million to fund its Bus Service Improvement Plan which includes measures to give buses priority over traffic […]

A local project is seeking solutions to make the transition to net zero carbon emission energy systems A group of villagers from Deddington and Duns Tew are taking part in a project to help Oxfordshire plan to make the transition to net zero carbon emission energy systems. The government has committed to achieve a net […]

Use of agency social workers due to vacancies is a large contributing factor by Andy Mitchell, Local Democracy Reporter Reliance on agency staff is set to force Oxfordshire County Council more than £1million over budget for children’s social workers this financial year – and the problem could get worse. The county’s Business Management and Monitoring […]

Youngsters aged 10 were spotted in town on Monday afternoon Police in Brackley have sought to reassure people that a group of children seen with a knife in the town was an isolated incident. The youngsters involved were aged 10. Posts appeared on social media after the children were spotted on Monday afternoon.  The parents […]

“it is a working solution that brings hope and promise to the people of Banbury” Banbury’s MP Victoria Prentis has written to the Health Secretary Sajid Javid in support of the request for funding to replace the Horton General Hospital with a brand new building on the existing site. Mrs Prentis has made the case […]

A bumper crowd is expected for the game as Andy Whing’s team attempt to make history Banbury United’s Emirates FA Cup First Round game against Barrow will be shown on ITV4.   The match will be broadcast live from Station Approach on Saturday November 6. To allow for TV scheduling the start time will be slightly […]

Review could adjust boundaries and the number of parish councillors The lines which mark where one parish ends and another begins could soon be updated to reflect development across the district. Councillors at Cherwell District Council have approved the terms of reference for a district-wide community governance review.  Subject to our agreement, the review is […]

Infection rates in Middleton Cheney and Chipping Warden are at the highest level since the pandemic started Covid infection rates in the Banbury FM area have leapt back up to levels last seen early in January, when the country went into a period of lockdown. In the week ending last Friday 592 new infections were […]

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