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Oxford Covered Market traders settle long-running rent dispute with city council

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

A DEAL looks to have been reached on a long-running row over rents in Oxford’s historic Covered Market.

Oxfordshire finds cash to meet cost of free school lunches

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

CASH to balance the books on bringing in free school meals for all primary school pupils has been secured.

County's sex education isn't effective, say young people

Oxford Mail: Melinda Tilley

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PUPILS have told school bosses that sex education in Oxfordshire is “not effective”.

Naming row won’t harm new business

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

YOU might have thought that you’d be on to a safe bet to put the name Oxford into the title of a new city business.

County council revises budget cuts to lessen burden on services for homeless

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

CUTS to help for homeless people are to be changed after concerns were raised about their impact.

Market preparing to create a ‘first’ with weekend opening

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

OXFORD’S popular Gloucester Green market is set to open at the weekend for the first time.

New primary school approved for Didcot's Great Western Park

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council logo round

4:23pm Monday 20th October 2014

PLANS  to build a new primary school in Didcot were approved by Oxfordshire County Council’s planning and regulation committee today.

Severe weather warning for Oxfordshire following Hurricane Gonzalo

Oxford Mail: After the heatwave comes the thunderstorms: 'Yellow Alert' as heavy rain forecast

2:40pm Monday 20th October 2014

SEVERE weather warnings are in place for Oxford tomorrow.

Flats plan for 180 students to go on show in Headington

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

DEVELOPERS are planning to build a block of flats for 180 students in Headington.

Rising social care demands following child exploitation cases lead to council cash warning

Oxford Mail: Ian Hudspeth

6:30am Monday 20th October 2014

RISING demand in social care will make it even harder for the county council to balance the books next year, its leader has warned Ian Hudspeth revealed there was an overspend on adult and children’s social care this year.

Bike lanes added in design rethink for Frideswide Square revamp

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

NEW cycle lanes are set to feature in the £5.5m redevelopment of Oxford’s Frideswide Square after cyclicts raised safety concerns.

Carmaggedon 'til Christmas - traders fear impact as roadwork chaos drags on

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

TRAFFIC misery that has beseiged the city looks set to continue until after Christmas with businesses warning roadworks will cripple county trade.

School is raising £20,000 for new play equipment

Oxford Mail:

9:00pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A BLACKBIRD Leys school still needs to raise almost £16,000 towards new play equipment.

Housing crisis escalates as no new affordable homes built in Oxford

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 13th October 2014

OXFORD is in a “dire situation” and “desperately” needs more affordable houses, officials have warned, after none were built last year.

Oxford city planner Crofton Briggs fears redesigned Frideswide Square traffic plan could spark fight with cyclists and pedestrians

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 13th October 2014

A CITY council boss has echoed concerns about the prospect of “conflict” between pedestrians and cyclists in a redesigned Frideswide Square.

Teen electrocuted by power line working at boss’s home

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 11th October 2014

A TEENAGER was electrocuted after coming into contact with overhead cables in a cherrypicker, an inquest has heard.

Hospital chiefs considering paying staff a ‘living wage’

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

HOSPITAL managers are considering giving their lowest paid workers a “living wage” to counter the city’s high cost of living.

Traders get final rent offers in move to end market row

Oxford Mail: Bob Price, Oxford City Council

8:30am Friday 10th October 2014

A FINAL offer has been made to try to break the deadlock over rent rises in the Covered Market.

U-turn means new A34 slip roads can go ahead

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Friday 10th October 2014

A PLAN for new slip roads on the A34 at Chilton is to go ahead after parish councillors dropped their objections.

Squatters evicted from university building

Oxford Mail:

1:59pm Thursday 9th October 2014

SQUATTERS have been evicted from an Oxford University building they were in as part of a protest about affordable housing.

‘Decide now or I’ll drop my bid to buy Oxford stadium’

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

A BIDDER for Oxford Stadium has threatened to walk away if the owners do not make a decision about its future soon.

Oxford hospital bosses undecided on smoking shelters issue

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 7th October 2014

HOSPITAL bosses have yet to decide whether to put up smoking shelters despite winning council permission for them.

A modern splash facility may replace ageing pool in Cutteslowe Park

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

CUTTESLOWE Park’s paddling pool could be turned into a new “splash” pool.

Overhaul for sewerage network in the pipeline

Oxford Mail: Thames Water logo

9:00am Monday 6th October 2014

A COMPLETE review of Oxford’s entire sewerage system is set to be carried out after concerns were raised that it is no longer fit for purpose.

Land status 'rules out' town green bid for Northway site

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

6:30am Saturday 4th October 2014

A BID to scupper plans for a new junction to a planned Barton housing estate by making land a “town green” does not meet a key legal test, a planning inspector was told yesterday.

Delays at Milton Interchange after collision

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

5:26pm Friday 3rd October 2014

ONE lane of the Milton Interchange at the A34 is blocked after a collision between two cars.

County ‘preventing cycling schemes from going ahead’

Oxford Mail: John Tanner

6:00am Monday 6th October 2014

LEADERS at Oxfordshire County Council have been accused of standing in the way of improvements to Oxford’s cycling infrastructure.

Road crossings hold key to 160-home development bid

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

A SECOND attempt is being made to create two controversial pedestrian crossings in Abingdon.

Fears little-used footpaths may end in disrepair

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Monday 6th October 2014

GREEN campaigners are worried less popular footpaths in Oxfordshire could fall into disrepair.

Cancelled lantern parade is a ‘victim of its own success’

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

SAFETY concerns about overcrowding have been blamed for a Christmas lantern parade in Oxford being cancelled this year.

Commuters warned of major roadworks and delays ahead

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council logo round

10:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

MOTORISTS are being told to avoid a major route in Oxford if they can during work to improve it.

Army says ‘sorry’ to para amputee bullying victim

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014

THE Army has apologised after a paratrooper who lost three limbs in Afghanistan was bullied while working at RAF Brize Norton.

Memorial to Spanish civil war ‘would clutter up the square’

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014

PLANS for a memorial to the Oxford residents who died in the Spanish civil war look to have hit a brick wall.

Campaigners prepare bid for Temple Cowley Pools

Oxford Mail: Nigel Gibson, left, and other Temple Cowley Pool campaigners before the Blackbird Leys pool planning decision at Oxford Town Hall in 2011

6:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to keep Temple Cowley pools open urged council bosses to accept their offer to run the site.

Protesters hope 60-year-old covenant will thwart road access plan

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

NORTHWAY people are trying to use a 60-year-old covenant to stop land being turned into an access road for the new Barton Park estate.

‘Piazza’ dream for city’s Gloucester Green area

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

GLOUCESTER Green in the centre of Oxford could soon be revamped into a “piazza”.

Church is pulling out stops for its £200k organ appeal

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

AN OXFORD church is hoping to raise funds to make sure that it never has to pipe down.

City council may face bill over benefits overspend

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

6:30am Monday 29th September 2014

OXFORD City Council could get stung in the pocket by the Government for paying out too much money in benefits.

Westgate is hit by delay

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 26th September 2014

WRANGLING over the potential collapse of a city centre street has held up the plans for the £400m redevelopment of the Westgate Centre.

Councillor’s on the run for hospice

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Friday 26th September 2014

SOME say politics is all about hot air but one Oxford councillor hopes he won’t be doing too much huffing and puffing next month.

Restaurateur fears for Syrian family as extremists close in

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

A RESTAURANT owner has said he fears for the safety of his elderly mother and siblings who are living in Syria.

Sex health clinic hours will increase as students return

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Thursday 25th September 2014

OPENING hours are to be extended at East Oxford’s sexual health clinic amid concerns about ease of access.

Minister criticises county’s cuts ‘in the wrong places’

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

CUTS to domestic violence and substance abuse services in Oxfordshire have been criticised by a Home Office minister, despite his Government slashing funding.

Students call for by-election rerun following low turnout

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

As many people have called for a newly-elected Oxford city councillor to resign as those who voted for him.

Man appears in court over rape in Headington and sexual assault in South Park

Oxford Mail: oxford magistrates court

1:20pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A MAN has appeared in court charged with raping a woman in Headington over the weekend.

Funding for an extra 9,400 hours of home care at risk

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

ELDERLY people getting home care could miss out on an extra 9,400 hours of support a week if the county does not meet Government targets.

Politicians mourn loss of an energetic, warm personality

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

heartfelt tributes from all political sides were paid yesterday to Ann Ducker, the leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, who has died of cancer.

City seeks extra £478k for community centre

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE new Rose Hill Community Centre could cost £478,000 more than planned, Oxford City Council has warned.

Major diversions imminent as road repairs set to start

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

PLANS to divert traffic around Headington will come into force in the next few weeks while London Road is resurfaced and upgraded.

Market's new bakery rises to occasion

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

A BAKERY is hoping to rise to the occasion after finding enough dough for a shop in Oxford’s Covered Market.

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