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Oxfordshire County Council scrapping its chief executive role

Oxford Mail: Joanna Simons

8:30am Saturday 31st January 2015

OXFORDSHIRE’s biggest local authority is to scrap its top unelected position as part of a radical shake-up to save costs.

Beds in sheds: Almost 300 illegal dwellings across Oxford

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

THERE are almost 300 illegal dwellings currently across the city, with officials warning the number could rise.

Senior councillors back plan to debate new 'super council'

Oxford Mail: New Oxfordshire county council logo

7:10am Wednesday 28th January 2015

SENIOR councillors of Oxfordshire’s biggest authority have supported calls for a debate on creating one ‘super authority’ for the county.

Frideswide Square scheme over budget . . . and the work hasn't even started yet

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE work to overhaul Oxford’s Frideswide Square is over budget before it has even properly started.

Couple still having no luck as they continue hunt for Puck

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 27th January 2015

HAVE you seen Puck? He is a red squirrel, 15 centimetres tall, knitted and his owners are desperate to find him.

Council eyes up compulsory land deals to speed up road building

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 27th January 2015

SWATHES of land could be bought by the county council for major road projects. Oxfordshire County Council is today set to approve powers for a series of compulsory purchase orders for land across Oxfordshire.

New Leys leisure complex proves to be a big hit

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 26th January 2015

MORE than 12,000 people turned out for the official opening of the £9m Leys Pools and Leisure Centre at the weekend when fees were waived.

Missing teenagers found safe and well

Oxford Mail:

10:25am Sunday 25th January 2015

TWO girls from Oxford who were reported missing by police have been found safe well.

2,000 lost power in Faringdon area

Oxford Mail:

5:02pm Saturday 24th January 2015

ALMOST 2,000 homes in Faringdon and its surrounding villages had their power cut off yesterday due to fallen power cables.

Now students say: We don't want controversial Castle Mill buildings shortened

Oxford Mail: The Castle Mill flats

6:30am Saturday 24th January 2015

STUDENTS have called a bid to reduce the height of the controversial Castle Mill student flats a “scandalous waste” of money.

Oxford City Council promises to keep its park and ride sites open

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 24th January 2015

CITY leaders have said plans to scrap park-and-ride facilities in Oxford were put forward without consulting them first.

Network Rail changes its plan for new bridge after protests

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Friday 23rd January 2015

NETWORK Rail has changed plans for a proposed railway bridge after concerns were raised by residents and councillors.

Security at public buildings in Oxford to be reviewed after South Oxfordshire fires

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 21st January 2015

SECURITY at Oxford Town Hall and other city buildings will be reviewed this week after last week’s fires in South Oxfordshire.

Military personnel soon to be answering ambulance calls in West Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 21st January 2015

MILITARY paramedics could be called in to answer ambulance calls in West Oxfordshire to help cope with rising demand.

Volunteers restore Trap Grounds for wetland species

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

MAJOR work to restore natural habitats in Oxford’s Trap Grounds should be completed this month.

Nominations closed

7:16am Tuesday 20th January 2015

The deadline for applications to become the Bishop of Oxford has ended.

Lap dancing club turned "burlesque bar" to return to St Ebbe's

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 20th January 2015

THE owner of a burlesque club forced to leave its city centre premises has revealed plans to move back to its former home next to a church.

Oxford businesses could be forced to pay levy for city parking spaces

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 20th January 2015

BUSINESSES in the city could have to fork out thousands of pounds every year for their parking spaces.

Delays on the M40 northbound after collision involving lorry

Oxford Mail: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

7:52am Monday 19th January 2015

A CAR and a lorry were involved in a crash on the M40 this morning.

District councils criticise plan to form a single authority for Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 19th January 2015

OXFORDSHIRE’S district councils have united in rebellion against fresh calls to abolish them in favour of a single super-council.

£1 a night hotel ‘bed tax’ may put off tourists from coming to Oxford

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Monday 19th January 2015

A TOP hotel has warned that a £1 a night 'bed tax' could drive tourists away from Oxford.

‘Worst’ towpath in the city to get new surface at last

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Thursday 15th January 2015

THE ‘worst’ stretch of canal towpath in Oxford will finally be smoothed over on Monday when a long-awaited repairs scheme begins.

Focus falls on how to keep business alive and thriving during disruption of upcoming projects

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 14th January 2015

WAYS of keeping the city thriving during major works over the next few years are to be explored by a team of councillors.

Decision on Jericho boatyard is put off as talks continue

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 13th January 2015

A DECISION on the £20m Castle Mill boatyard redevelopment has been put off – just a day before councillors were to debate it.

Brookes University is on the move

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 13th January 2015

OXFORD Brookes University has confirmed it will begin to move its teaching facilities from Wheatley next year.

Harley-Davidson boss now tells Oxfordshire County Council: ‘Plan these roadworks better’

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 12th January 2015

A DIRECTOR of motorcycle firm Harley-Davidson has hit out at the handling of £10m roadworks starting near Didcot.

Record label boss pays out £200 to buy UKIP website

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 12th January 2015

AN OXFORD record label owner was told he had successfully bought the UK Independence Party’s website before it was snatched back hours later.

Ideas to ease pressure on Oxford hospital casualty unit secure award for Stanton Harcourt doctor

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 10th January 2015

A JOHN Radcliffe Hospital doctor has won an award for his pioneering scheme to reduce pressure on the Accident and Emergency department.

Fire crews support struggling ambulance staff

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 9th January 2015

FIREFIGHTERS had to be called in to help struggling ambulance crews over Christmas as paramedics faced “unprecedented” demand.

Wst End vision starts to become a reality at last

Oxford Mail:

11:00pm Friday 9th January 2015

IN 2003 two council leaders took a stroll together around Oxford’s West End. They were political rivals Keith Mitchell, then Conservative leader of Oxfordshire County Council, and Alex Hollingsworth, the Labour leader of Oxford City Council.

Roadworks spark fears over May Day trading

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Friday 9th January 2015

MAY DAY boosts to business could be scuppered by work overhauling The Plain roundabout, it is feared.

Government grant will drop to nothing, Oxford City Council fears

Oxford Mail: Ed Turner

8:00am Thursday 8th January 2015

CITY leaders are preparing for Government funding to be axed completely in just four years.

£20m boatyard plan set for approval despite homes flaw

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 7th January 2015

A £20m SCHEME to redevelop the Castle Mill boatyard has been recommended for approval, despite defying city housing targets.

Claim Brookes to move 2,500-student business school this year

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Friday 2nd January 2015

OXFORD Brookes University is set to move a 2,500-student business school from Wheatley to Oxford this year, it has been claimed.

Bike shop is wheeled to safety with help of Oxford college

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 30th December 2014

A JERICHO bicycle shop has been saved from a “crippling” eight-week closure after an Oxford college agreed to rent it a property.

Boatyard plan may pass without housing quota

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 29th December 2014

PLANNING bosses could recommend a £20m overhaul of the Castle Mill boatyard even though it does not meet affordable housing targets.

UPDATE: Still a reduced service but trains 'back to normal' tomorrow after weekend delays

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

5:08pm Sunday 28th December 2014

TRAIN services between Oxford and London tomorrow are expected to run as normal tomorrow, Network Rail has said.

4pm update: Oxfordshire might see snow late Boxing Day night or early tomorrow morning

Oxford Mail: Snow on a branch.

6:26pm Thursday 25th December 2014

SNOW could fall in Oxfordshire on Boxing Day or in the early hours of the 27th, the Met Office is forecasting.

Christmas baby joy for couples

Oxford Mail:

12:48pm Thursday 25th December 2014

THERE will be more than a few surprise Christmas gifts received in Oxfordshire this morning, but two families are celebrating very special (little) ones.

Oxford University faces internal calls to act over Castle Mill

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 27th December 2014

A TV historian has put forward a motion to lower the height of the Castle Mill student flats to the top authority of Oxford University.

Cameron criticised for fracking comments

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Saturday 27th December 2014

PRIME Minister and Witney MP David Cameron has been criticised for saying he would be “very happy” for fracking to come to his constituency.

Fears Binsey land will be built on if village green bid is blocked by Oxford college

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Wednesday 24th December 2014

A BID by an Oxford college to stop land in West Oxford being protected from development has prompted fears there could be building on the site.

UPDATE: Queues along Abingdon Road as Westgate shopping centre car park fills up with Christmas shoppers

Oxford Mail: Westgate Centre oxford

4:35pm Monday 22nd December 2014

A RUSH of shoppers to the Westgate Shopping Centre has caused traffic to queue down Abingdon Road in Oxford.

The Gatehouse charity for homeless creates a garden haven for everyone

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Wednesday 24th December 2014

A NEW garden at an Oxford homeless charity has been opened to the public.

Cherwell School students wrap up well for Christmas with gift paper business

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Wednesday 24th December 2014

TONIGHT the hard work of Cherwell School pupils will be sitting under Christmas trees around the city.

Car found in ditch near Swinford Toll Bridge

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

4:41pm Sunday 21st December 2014

A SILVER Lexus car that belongs to a householder in Farmers Close was found in a ditch near Swinford Toll Bridge.

Burglars steal jewellery

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

4:29pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Jewellery and cash were taken from a home in Peachcroft Road after burglars broke in through a back entrance.

A4074 barrier damaged by car

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

3:32pm Sunday 21st December 2014

A ROADSIDE barrier near Heyford Hill on Oxford's eastern by-pass was damaged in a collision.

Appeal over phone theft

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

2:46pm Sunday 21st December 2014

A man called a 45-year-old man to a car and stole his mobile phone from his pocket in Banbury.

Teenagers mugged by two men in Bicester

Oxford Mail:

12:54pm Sunday 21st December 2014

Two 16-year-old boys were mugged by two men in Bicester, police said.

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