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Update: Majority of county councillors stay silent over allowances rise - find out who in our interactive graphic

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 15th December 2014

SCORES of councillors have refused to say whether they will take a 19 per cent increase in their personal allowances. Here we have our interactive graphic telling you if you councillor said yes they will accept the money, no, or just did not answer. Also, we have live links so you can email them your thoughts about the increase direct.

Grove family stop shaving to raise cancer research money in honour of grandad

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Saturday 13th December 2014

A FAMILY of men are going without shaving for the whole of December in honour of their “courageous” grandfather.

'Deadline looms for log cabin objections'

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Monday 15th December 2014

WILDLIFE lovers and dog walkers have warned there are just weeks left to object to a plan to build holiday homes in a wildlife haven.

Developer's appeal to build shops and flats dashed

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Saturday 13th December 2014

A FOURTH bid to replace two 18th century Wantage shop buildings that were demolished three years ago has been thrown out on appeal.

Traders breath sigh of relief

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Saturday 13th December 2014

SHOP owners on Didcot’s Broadway are relieved they can now stay put following the Orchard Centre’s latest expansion plans.

Benson Primary head tells how top SATs scores were helped with work from community

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 12th December 2014

PARENTS, governors, teachers and children working together are the key to success, a primary headteacher says.

Four taken to hospital after Northern Bypass crash

Oxford Mail: A40 alert

7:49am Thursday 11th December 2014

FOUR women were taken to hospital after a two-car collision on the Northern Bypass, Oxford, last night.

Fall in number of 'top-rated' secondary schools in Oxfordshire, but more primaries see ratings go up

Oxford Mail: Private pre-school closes ahead of damning Ofsted report

7:30am Thursday 11th December 2014

THE percentage of teenagers going to good or outstanding secondary schools in Oxfordshire has gone down by two percentage points.

Missing moggie home again after a nine-week walkabout

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Thursday 11th December 2014

WHEN Fiona Cook and partner David moved from Little Wittenham to Harwell, Hugo, one of their three cats, went walkabout.

Police link two Headington robberies where men were punched and told to hand over cash

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

11:33am Wednesday 10th December 2014

TWO robberies in Oxford may be linked, police have said.

Food banks say Government funding idea would be hard to swallow

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 10th December 2014

OXFORDSHIRE food banks have rejected the suggestion they should get Government funding despite an ever-increasing demand.

Months of contraflow woe end at last on city's bypass

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 9th December 2014

COMMUTERS said they were elated yesterday as the contraflow system at Kennington roundabout reopened after six months of roadworks.

Customers dig deep for Christmas fund

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

JUST call them Mr and Mrs Claus.

Broken-down vehicle blocks M40 southbound

Oxford Mail: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

8:49am Monday 8th December 2014

THE M40 southbound land near Wendlebury is blocked by a broken-down vehicle.

Couple's retirement dream buried by cemetery scheme

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Saturday 6th December 2014

A COUPLE’S retirement plans have been thrown into turmoil after it was revealed land behind their home could become a cemetery.

‘Help us give dead poet proper funeral send-off’

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 5th December 2014

FRIENDS of a well-known Oxford poet are trying to raise the money to give him a proper send-off.

Delight as West Way plan in Botley is thrown out but disappointed Doric reviewing what happens now

Oxford Mail:

7:49am Thursday 4th December 2014

There was delight amongst campaigners as Doric Properties' plan for a £100m redevelopment of West Way in Botley, Oxford, was rejected by councillors last night. Doric said it was disappointed and would not review its position after the decision by Vale of White Horse District Council.

West Way scheme unanimously rejected - as it happened

Oxford Mail:

4:59pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Follow live updates of the Vale of White Horse District council planning meeting to decide if the £100m West Way development in Botley is approved.

Oxford Airport helicopter engineers to embark on world’s largest rat cull in South Georgia

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Thursday 4th December 2014

TWO helicopter engineers are flying to a remote Atlantic island to lend their expertise to the world’s largest rat cull.

Have them in stitches... in a good cause

Oxford Mail:

10:30am Wednesday 3rd December 2014

THEY are usually scratchy jumpers – knitted lovingly by nans – that we hate to wear when Christmas comes.

‘Learning disability doesn’t make us benefit scroungers’

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

PEOPLE with learning disabilities fighting the myth they are “benefits scroungers” have produced a video to tackle stigma against them.

Village’s fruit heritage blossoms again

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 2nd December 2014

THE village of Brightwell- cum-Sotwell has an unbroken, 150-year history of commercially growing fruit.

Unique mental health work inspirational, says minister

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Tuesday 2nd December 2014

THE Minister for Care and Support hailed a unique mental health scheme in Oxfordshire an “inspirational” success.

Voting changes will mean ‘less funding for services’

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 1st December 2014

CASH for council services could be cut and ward boun-daries withdrawn under changes to voter registration, a council boss fears.

Sparkling weekend as county lights up for Christmas

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 1st December 2014

CHRISTMAS was officially switched on in Abingdon, Woodstock and Banbury this weekend.

Protesters call for Campsfield to close in demonstration

Oxford Mail:

6:59pm Sunday 30th November 2014

MORE than 50 people joined a protest outside Kidlington’s Campsfield immigration detention centre calling for it to be closed.

Village needs just one more defibrillator for its life-saving set

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Monday 1st December 2014

JUST one homeowner is needed to help a village near Oxford get a full complement of life-saving defibrillators.

Shoppers queue on third day for Black Friday sales at Bicester Village

Oxford Mail:

12:22pm Sunday 30th November 2014

SHOPPERS are queuing to get into Bicester Village on the A41 once again today.

Motorcyclist taken to hospital after collision at Marcham Road interchange

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

12:05pm Sunday 30th November 2014

A 19-year-old motorcyclist who was involved in a collision at the Marcham Road interchange in Abingdon last night was rushed to hospital.

Thousands turn out for Abingdon's Christmas extravaganza

Oxford Mail:

7:24pm Saturday 29th November 2014

Thousands have enjoyed Abingdon's Christmas extravaganza event today.

Trains between Oxford and London are delayed due to signalling problems

Oxford Mail: oxford train station inside

10:22am Saturday 29th November 2014

TRAIN services between Oxford and London are being delayed this morning because of signalling problems.

Update: Police help manage shoppers at Bicester Village for a second day after Black Friday sales

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

10:13am Saturday 29th November 2014

POLICE are helping manage high numbers of festive shoppers at Bicester Village again today, the centre has confirmed.

Ex-seamstress has century sewn up

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Saturday 29th November 2014

SHE was born in Hailey, near Witney, 100 years ago today, and has lived and breathed West Oxfordshire all her life.

Council calls in expert to halt homes

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Friday 28th November 2014

ABINGDON Town Council is to hire an expert to help it fight a controversial housing estate.

New airbus unveiled at RAF Brize Norton

Oxford Mail:

3:35pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Flight lieutenant Seb Davey has given the Oxford Mail a taste of flying the RAF's brand new A400M Atlas in a state-of-the art simulator at RAF Brize Norton.

Residents see red over rise in gravel dig level

Oxford Mail: New Oxfordshire county council logo

5:00am Friday 28th November 2014

CAMPAIGNERS have hit out after it was revealed gravel extraction in Oxfordshire could jump by 40 per cent to more than one million tonnes a year.

Emergency works after sewer collapses in Summertown

Oxford Mail: Thames Water logo

10:20am Thursday 27th November 2014

THAMES Water have begun “urgent” repairs on a collapsed sewer on Banbury Road, Oxford, today.

It’s not unusual to imagine Tom Jones at Cornbury Festival

Oxford Mail:

9:00pm Thursday 27th November 2014

Sir Tom Jones is to be asked to head the line-up for next year’s Cornbury Music Festival.

Oxford Preservation Trust takes a grave view of Green Belt cemetery plans near Horspath

Oxford Mail: Preservation trust director Debbie Dance

6:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

A GROUP that gave Green Belt land to Oxford City Council as long as it was not developed has hit out at plans to use it for a cemetery.

Waiting’s over as centre unveils its shops plans

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Wednesday 26th November 2014

YEARS of waiting for a second phase of Didcot’s Orchard shopping centre appear to be over after council leaders announced a planning application was about to be put forward.

Cash-strapped nursery’s move ‘on hold’

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A COMMUNITY nursery which failed to raise £90,000 for a permanent home has applied for permission to stay in its 26-year-old portable building for two more years.

'Halt road closures or businesses will fail'

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

VILLAGERS have asked their MP to help fight a 10-month closure of their main street, which they fear will kill businesses.

Hollywood stars Jude Law and Nicole Kidman steam in to film latest blockbuster

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Didcot may have lost three of its iconic cooling towers but it has kept its appeal for A-List celebrities.

Pupils at Wantage school get up close to visitors from crocodile zoo

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 24th November 2014

PUPILS at a primary school in Wantage got up close and personal with real-life crocodiles.

Male voice choir celebrates a great-grandmother's Welsh heritage on her birthday at Abingdon care home

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Monday 24th November 2014

TO MARK her 100th birthday today, Rena Gill will celebrate her Welsh heritage with an intimate performance from a male voice choir.

Yobs banished from street under new police powers

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 22nd November 2014

NEW police powers to banish troublemakers that only came into force last month have already helped tackle decade-long problems in East Oxford.

Estate’s disturbing history underfoot

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 24th November 2014

RESIDENTS of one of Oxfordshire’s newest housing estates might be slightly surprised to learn what used to go on there.

Towering triumph as cupola is saved

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Monday 24th November 2014

TIME has been taking its toll on one historic Oxfordshire bell tower.

Firm back-paddles over OAP swimming cost rise

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

THE new operator of a number of Oxfordshire leisure centres has had second thoughts about a price hike for pensioners.

‘Tackle violent thugs’ says Grove shopkeeper beaten up by teenager

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Thursday 20th November 2014

A SHOPKEEPER beaten up by a member of a teenage gang he says have been terrorising his shopping precinct has called on police to do more.


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