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Plans to boost the standard of 217,000 council properties

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Monday 28th July 2014

THOUSANDS of council tenants across Oxford could benefit from improved housing as part of a scheme of improved standards.

New parking zone is finally ready to start in Cutteslowe

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

COUNCIL officers have confirmed that a residents-only parking zone in Oxford will finally be introduced next month.

Mind the gap... there’s a £50m shortfall in funding + video that flies over and through the scheme

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 25th July 2014

A £50m funding gap in the Oxford Railway Station redevelopment is “bridgeable”, council bosses have said.

Watch: New video of the proposed £75m Oxford railway and bus stations

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE future of Oxford’s train station is being unveiled today, including a new video, and has been hailed as a big step towards the city getting the integrated transport hub it needs.

Association could face legal action over community centre

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

8:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

OXFORD City Council has instructed its lawyers to help it take back one of its community centres.

‘Appalling’ domestic abuse statistics

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

6:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

NEARLY 7,000 Oxfordshire children were caught up in domestic abuse incidents last year, figures show.

Yellow lines to free up village bus route

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

DOUBLE yellow lines could be introduced in Wolvercote to help buses move through the village’s crowded streets.

Promise to keep traders in the loop over square work

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

BUSINESSES and residents have been promised more information in the future over the redevelopment of Oxford’s Frideswide Square.

Minister will have final say on school expansion plans

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A PRIMARY school’s plan to expand by building on its sports field will go all the way to the top for a final decision.

Thousands gather to enjoy the music amidst the heat + picture gallery

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 21st July 2014

THEY feared raindrops would be falling on their heads but music fans enjoyed blistering sunshine at the weekend’s Truck Festival.

Picnic in park celebrates last day mum had with Martha Fernback

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 21st July 2014

IT was the last day Anne-Marie Cockburn spent with daughter Martha Fernback, 15, before she died after taking half a gram of ecstasy.

Charity collection held in honour of Jayden Parkinson

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 21st July 2014

FRIENDS of Jayden Parkinson held their first charity fundraiser at the weekend, as her family await a jury’s verdict on her killer.

No major incidents during series of firefighters' strikes

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

6:50am Monday 21st July 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S firefighters were not called to any major incidents during four strikes held over the weekend.

A34 closed overnight after car crosses central reservation

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

1:58pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A WOMAN was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital after her car went through the central reservation of the A34 in the early hours of Saturday.

Man rescued after M40 crash

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

9:58am Sunday 20th July 2014

A MAN was rescued from his car after it left the M40 overnight.

Firefighters attend large hay bale blaze

Oxford Mail: Fire engine Oxfordshire

9:54am Sunday 20th July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are attending a blaze of hundreds of hay bales in Waterperry, east of Oxford.

Weather: Whirlwind hits Blackbird Leys during downpour + flash flooding and trees down - readers' pictures

Oxford Mail:

7:11pm Saturday 19th July 2014

A MINI whirlwind was spotted in the centre of Blackbird Leys during this afternoon's hail storm.

Strike-hit fire service responds to three incidents

Oxford Mail: Fire engine Oxfordshire

9:20am Saturday 19th July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to three incidents during strike action overnight.

Labour hold Cowley in by-election

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

8:29am Friday 18th July 2014

LABOUR has held its Cowley seat in yesterday’s by-election.

Special needs care gets £1.3m boost

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Thursday 10th July 2014

A TOTAL of £1.3m will be spent over the next two years to help young people with special needs in Oxfordshire become more independent.

140 council jobs at risk as authorities merge services

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council logo round

8:30am Wednesday 9th July 2014

WORKERS at Oxfordshire County Council could be told to relocate to Hampshire or lose their jobs.

Getting to the bottom of the great fracking issue

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

As a special debate is planned to set out the county’s position on fracking, DAMIAN FANTATO unpicks the controversial drilling process

Council workers could face losing their jobs under shake-up

Oxford Mail: Cllr Rodney Rose

8:12am Tuesday 8th July 2014

WORKERS at Oxfordshire County Council could be told to relocate to Hampshire or lose their jobs.

Flood relief channel work could start in two years

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 8th July 2014

WORK on a much-anticipated flood relief channel around Oxford could begin in two years’ time, it has been claimed.

Letting agent is first to get broadband voucher

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

A PROPERTY business in East Oxford has become the first in the city to receive funding towards the cost of superfast broadband.

Sprinkler system to boost tower safety

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

TENANTS’ safety in Oxford tower blocks is being given a boost with the introduction of a new sprinkler system.

Royal Mail refusal 'won't stop revamp of Oxpens'

Oxford Mail: Impact of Royal Mail job losses in Worcestershire unclear

8:00am Monday 7th July 2014

THE leader of Oxford City Council has said that Royal Mail’s refusal to cooperate in the Oxpens redevelopment wouldn’t be a “showstopper”.

City preparing bid for Gladiator Club

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Monday 7th July 2014

A BID to buy an East Oxford social club could be made as early as this week.

Council to press ahead with college talks on proposed Grenoble Road development

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

9:10am Friday 4th July 2014

COUNCILLORS last night agreed to start discussions with a college over major development in the Green Belt south-east of Oxford.

'I prove legal system works' says phone-hacking reporter

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Friday 4th July 2014

‘I AM proof that the law works,’ a journalist due to be sentenced today for phone hacking told the Oxford Union.

Atten-shun: Call goes out to join military reserve

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council logo round

6:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

MORE workers are to be encouraged to become military reservists under county council plans.

County council cuts threaten helpline for victims of abuse

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A DOMESTIC abuse helpine that takes more than 350 calls a month is under threat as part of a £1.5m cuts package.

Bid to save church from subsidence

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

MEMBERS of a church which is propped up by wooden buttresses are hoping to find a more permanent solution to subsidence threatening its future.

Roadworks ahead at city’s Frideswide Square junction

Oxford Mail: An artist’s impression of how Frideswide Square will look

7:00am Monday 30th June 2014

WORK on redeveloping one of Oxford’s busiest junctions will begin in just two months.

City wants Green Belt relaxing

Oxford Mail: City Council leader Bob Price

6:00am Monday 30th June 2014

COUNCIL officials are set to start discussions with an Oxford University college about a controversial development in the south of the city.

Recycling rubbish could help out your favourite charity

Oxford Mail: John Tanner

5:00am Monday 30th June 2014

OXFORD residents who recycle their rubbish could soon help their favourite charity by doing so.

Bob's full house warning: Oxford will have no room for any building by 2020

Oxford Mail: Bob Price, Oxford City Council

9:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

ALL available land within Oxford will be developed by the end of 2020, the leader of the city council has warned.

Land deal is sought as Oxpens work date set

Oxford Mail: Bob Price

7:30am Saturday 28th June 2014

WORK on the major redevelopment of Oxpens could start in 2016, the leader of Oxford City Council has said.

Crackdown on illegal rents to begin with an amnesty

Oxford Mail: Debbie Hollingsworth

6:30am Friday 27th June 2014

OXFORD tenants who are illegally subletting a city council home will be given two months to confess without fear of prosecution.

‘Oxford's Covered Market can be a world class attraction’

Oxford Mail: Oxford's Covered Market

5:00pm Friday 27th June 2014

THE new manager of Oxford’s Covered Market has pledged to turn it into a world-class shopping venue.

Oxfordshire homeless funding cuts dismay

Oxford Mail: Judith Heathcoat

8:30am Thursday 26th June 2014

A CUT in funding for Oxfordshire’s homeless could help them become more “self-reliant” it has been claimed.

Five men arrested after vehicle stolen in South Hinksey

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

9:37am Wednesday 25th June 2014

FIVE men have been arrested on suspicion of stealing a vehicle from South Hinksey.

Grandmother, 57, jailed for smuggling cannabis

Oxford Mail: Scales of Justice

8:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

A HEADINGTON grandmother caught smuggling £51,000 worth of cannabis through Gatwick has been jailed for two years.

St Clement’s parking charge rise is branded ‘horrendous’

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

7:30am Wednesday 25th June 2014

AN East Oxford restaurateur has criticised a ‘horrendous’ move to increase charges at a car park that has been closed for over a year so that new flats can be built.

Keeping the streets safe for summer's foreign visitors

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police is launching its annual Operation Buzzard to combat street robbery during the summer months – front centre, Det Sgt Bill Sykes of St Aldate’s CID with, from left, CID officer Laura Alexander, crime reduction officer Julie Young, C

1:00pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

OXFORD’S annual crackdown on muggings to protect foreign students is now under way.

Public’s views set to shape final designs for Westgate

Oxford Mail: Artist’s impression of what Westgate’s exterior may look like

6:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

FINAL plans for the £400m redevelopment of the Westgate Centre will be submitted in August, according to developers.

Community association is ordered to quit centre

Oxford Mail: Tim Sadler

7:00am Tuesday 24th June 2014

AN OXFORD community group has been given notice to leave its centre after the city council raised “serious concerns” about its management.

Businesses counting cost of England’s football failings

Oxford Mail: Massimo Tenaglia, manager of Eurobar in George Street, knows England’s early exit from the World Cup will mean a falling off in the feverish trade of the first two matches for the national team. Picture: OX68152 Jon Lewis

8:00am Tuesday 24th June 2014

OXFORDSHIRE businesses have said they are set to lose out as England prepares to play its last game in the World Cup today.

Community has six months to make outdoor centre bid

Oxford Mail: Centre, Andy Spooner, deputy head of Windmill Primary, Headington, with son Finlay and Cllr Roz Smith.

7:30am Tuesday 24th June 2014

A BID to sell a city outdoor centre will be put on hold for six months after campaigners won it extra council protection.

Is Green Belt set to be breached for homes?

Oxford Mail: Oxford’s unique dreaming spires seen from Raleigh Park in North Hinksey. Picture: OX68010 Cliff Hide

5:00pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

For almost 60 years, Oxford’s unique setting has been protected from development by the Green Belt. But the need for more homes — and the city’s sky-high prices – are fuelling demands for a review. Damian Fantato looks at the controversy.

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