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Project launched to help children in Oxfordshire develop Just in time for the summer holidays, parents and carers are being given suggestions of 50 things to do with their children before they reach the age of five.   It’s part of a new early language development scheme from Oxfordshire County Council. Being able to communicate effectively […]

Decision to hold in-person County Council meeting attacked By David Tooley, Local Democracy Reporter A top Tory blasted a decision to go ahead with today’s (Tuesday, July 13) face-to-face full County Council meeting during an outbreak of the delta variant of covid in Oxford. Oxfordshire County councillors met in socially distanced fashion at Banbury’s Spiceball […]

The County Council will introduce more on-street pay-and-display parking as it takes over civil parking enforcement The government has approved Oxfordshire County Council’s bid to take on responsibility for civil parking enforcement in the Cherwell District.   From an anticipated start date of November 1 the council’s team will take over checking people are complying with […]

Route heads from Browning Road, along Queensway, out to Broughton, along Wykham Lane and back via the Bloxham Road Around 260 runners will be heading out for the Banbury 5 Mile Road Race this evening.   The run is part of the East Midlands Grand Prix series of 7 races and organised by Banbury Harriers Athletic […]

Improving drainage, removing the causes of damp, levelling the floor and installing energy-efficient heating and insulation are needed at eighteen-century chapel Banbury’s MP Victoria Prentis visited Hook Norton Baptist Church on Friday to learn more of their project to renovate the eighteenth-century Grade II-listed Georgian Chapel. Dating back to 1774, the building is one of […]

County council plans to be carbon neutral by 2030 A string of initiatives aimed at tackling climate change have led to Oxfordshire County Council being shortlisted for a national award.  The council’s climate action programme project is one of six finalists in the category “Leadership in Responding to the Climate Emergency” at the Municipal Journal […]

High spirits as riders rise to the cycling challenge at Broughton Castle This year’s Broughton Castle Sportive has been hailed as a huge success.   625 people took part in the challenging Cotswold’s cycle ride yesterday, choosing one of five different routes, ranging for a family five-mile fun ride to the appropriately titled 100-mile beast. The […]

Police catch 18-year-old who attempted to run away whilst being detained An 18-year-old male tried to escape from police officers whilst undergoing a drugs related stop and search in Banbury on Saturday evening.   The man had been spotted by officers in Merton Street. They suspected him to be drug dealing. Police used the powers afforded […]

Hotel owner opposes neighbouring bar and restaurant’s bid to extend hours over noise concerns by Sol Buckner, Local Democracy Reporter A hotel owner in Brackley told a licensing hearing he is opposed to an application from a bar and restaurant next door extending its hours due to noise concerns. Joao Silva, owner of The Unicorn […]

Warning after users stray into controlled airspace A serious incident could be on the cards if paraglider users in South Northamptonshire don’t stay away from the controlled airspace around Turweston and Hinton.   That’s the warning from Northamptonshire Police after two different paragliders trespassed into controlled airspace. Two different paragliders have been seen in recent weeks.   […]


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