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Lack of bricklayers ‘may threaten housing boom’

Oxford Mail: Bricklayer Simon Wells says he is so busy he is having to turn work away. Picture: OX66598 Damian Halliwell

10:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A CHRONIC shortage of bricklayers and construction professionals in the county could slow down house building and push up property prices still further.

Election day decisions: are we in or are we out?


5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

This year’s elections for the European Parliament on May 22 will see voters in Oxfordshire become part of the second largest electorate in the world – trumped only by India. Damian Fantato reports

SCALES OF JUSTICE: Cases from the county law courts

Oxford Mail: REJECTED AND DEJECTED: An Ammanford man was left disappointed after a judge refused to send him to jail.

11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014


Council spent £42k on a special media team

Oxford Mail: Andrew Smith

9:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

SPIN doctors were hired at a cost of £42,000 to help Oxfordshire County Council handle the Oxford grooming gang scandal.

County dole claimants reach five-year low

Oxford Mail: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

The number of people signing on the dole in the county has fallen to just one per cent of the working population for the first time in more than five years.

Wildlife? We’re just nuts about it

Oxford Mail: A red squirrel

8:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

HALF of Oxfordshire residents have seen a muntjac deer in their garden, but only two per cent think they have ever had a visit from a red squirrel, pictured.

New care home fees get council approval

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council rev logo

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Oxfordshire County Council has approved its new care home fees for this financial year.

89 per cent get first choice school

Oxford Mail: Cllr Zoe Patrick

6:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

NEARLY 90 per cent of Oxfordshire children due to start school in September have been allocated a place at their first choice.

Innocent man given substantial police payout for photo mistake

Oxford Mail: Guilty: Daniel Rodriguez

8:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

POLICE have paid a man “substantial compensation” after releasing his photograph in a press release about a rapist.

Runners pound the capital's streets to boost their favourite charities

Oxford Mail: Anna Reading is all smiles as she makes progress in the capital

12:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FOR the 36,000 people taking part, this year’s London Marathon was the culmination of months of training.

Vehicle fire on the M40 between Thame and Watlington

Oxford Mail: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

8:41am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A VEHICLE caught fire on the M40 in Oxfordshire earlier this morning.

Plans approved

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council logo round

8:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A proposed link between Oxfordshire County Council and Hampshire County Council has taken a step forward.

£59m road projects included in budget

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Oxfordshire County Council agreed yesterday to include £59m of transport improvements around the county in its capital programme.

Consultants get another £150k from NHS group

Oxford Mail: Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is finding the cuts

6:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

MANAGEMENT consultants will get an extra £150,000 from taxpayers after a contract was extended to help the NHS find savings.

Problems with ticket machines and train departure information this morning

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

7:58am Tuesday 15th April 2014

TRAIN ticketing machine and departure board information glitches are causing problems for rail travellers this morning.

£59m ‘City Deal’ transport cash set for decision today

Oxford Mail: Bob Price.

7:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

LEADING county councillors will decide today whether to go ahead with £59m of transport improvements around Oxfordshire.

Nick Clegg favours garden cities ‘with consent’ in Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail: Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg

7:10am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A GARDEN city will not be imposed on Oxfordshire, the Government announced yesterday as it set out its prospectus for new settlements of 15,000 homes.

Floods costs revealed

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

County councillors will today be updated on grant funding for the costs of the recent flooding.

County could move jobs to Hampshire council

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

OXFORDSHIRE County Council is looking at moving some of its back office education and customer services jobs over to its Hampshire counterparts to save money.

The Scales of Justice

Oxford Mail: Scales of Justice

11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

CASES heard recently at Oxford and Banbury magistrates' courts.

Councils aiming to reduce numbers of vacant homes

Oxford Mail: Debbie Hollingsworth

9:00am Monday 14th April 2014

MORE than 5,600 homes have been sitting empty in Oxfordshire – more than enough to clear the city’s housing waiting list in one fell swoop.

Amelia wins Miss Oxfordshire again

Oxford Mail: On parade, from left, Shirin Olivia, who won the popularity award, Amelia Watt, who won the charity award and the title, and runners-up Hannah Everett and Lucy Treadwell

7:30am Monday 14th April 2014

SAY HELLO to the new Miss Oxfordshire. Amelia Watt was crowned at Witney Lakes on Friday night for a second time after a year-long break.

A great day for human race as runners find charity feet

Oxford Mail: Runners close in on the finish line as they pass Buckingham Palace in yesterday’s London Marathon

6:30am Monday 14th April 2014

THEY may not have crossed the finish line with Olympian Mo Farah but each Oxfordshire runner deserved their London Marathon medal.

Police appeal for information about missing man

Oxford Mail: Basil Pratley

5:19pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A pensioner went out on a visit to a garden centre and did not return home, according to police.

From cattle to pillow fights, our cameramen focused on it all

Oxford Mail: The lone brown cow at Step Farm in Faringdon

6:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

PICTURE Editor Leah McLaren casts her eye over the past week's news through some of the images that have appeared in the Oxford Mail.

Zooming in on all of our county's 310 villages

Oxford Mail: Roger's beautifully atmospheric picture of Westwell

5:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

Retirement hobbies often include golfing, bowls, or holidays, but when chartered surveyor Roger Sweet gave up work 10 years ago, he set about a different task as Katriona Ormiston discovered

Health fears as one in 20 deaths linked to emissions

Oxford Mail: Smog hangs over Oxford last month

9:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

ONE in 20 deaths in Oxfordshire is linked to air pollution, new Government figures have claimed.

Miss Oxfordshire contestant sacked over her topless selfie in aid of charity

Oxford Mail: Georgia Eden’s topless picture, posted on social media site Twitter in support of breast cancer awareness

8:30am Saturday 12th April 2014

MISS Oxfordshire organisers kicked model Georgia Eden out of last night’s competition after discovering she posted this topless ‘selfie’ picture she put online to promote the fight against breast cancer.

Police chief to the rescue at crash on A34

Oxford Mail: Francis Habgood

7:10am Saturday 12th April 2014

THAMES Valley Police Deputy Chief Constable helped victims of a crash on his way to work yesterday.

Outgoing boss of mental health charity Restore is praised

Oxford Mail: Benedict Leigh is leaving Restore

6:40am Saturday 12th April 2014

THE chief executive of a county mental health charity is to step down after 12 years.

Ready for the London Marathon after punishing training

Oxford Mail: Beth Reeves

10:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

IN just two days, nearly 40,000 people will pound the streets of the capital for the 2014 London Marathon. Alex Wynick talks to people from Oxfordshire who are set to take part – and raise as much money as they can for their chosen good causes

Keeping tabs on the county's con artists

Oxford Mail: Pc Andy Neal with one of the occupants of a van stopped on the A361 at Chipping Norton. The van was found to be overloaded with gravel, and the driver received a warning

5:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

Crime reporter Ben Wilkinson joined Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards for Operation Rogue Trader, a nationwide doorstep crime crackdown

Bishop John, Bishop of Oxford, is retiring

Oxford Mail: Bishop John Pritchard

10:23am Friday 11th April 2014

The Bishop of Oxford is going to retire later this year, after holding the post for more than seven years.

Air pollution responsible for 276 deaths in Oxfordshire: Government report

8:08am Friday 11th April 2014

ONE in 20 deaths in Oxfordshire has been linked to air pollution, according to new Government figures.

Drug 'waste of money'

Oxford Mail: university of oxford logo

7:20am Friday 11th April 2014

A study by an Oxford-based firm has claimed the Tamiflu drug given to thousands of people did not work any better than paracetamol.

County council awaits verdict on EU grants

Oxford Mail: Ian Hudspeth

6:00am Friday 11th April 2014

OXFORDSHIRE is due to find out this month how much EU money it will get.

Chefs' show pulls in hearty TV audience

Oxford Mail: Emily Watkins

5:10pm Thursday 10th April 2014

The first episode of the BBC’s new series of Great British Menu achieved viewing figures of 1.44 million, according to the BBC.

Funding for schools a formula for unrest

Oxford Mail: Sue Croft with Zainab Azam, 16, in a science lesson in the new block

5:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Education reporter SOPHIE SCOTT looks at the issue of school funding and how changes are affecting Oxfordshire classrooms

Marathon runners go the distance for some special causes

Oxford Mail: Nicole Rahimi, left, and Sarah Hewitt

12:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Meet seven fired-up Oxfordshire runners ready to hit the capital’s streets in Sunday's London Marathon

The Scales of Justice

Oxford Mail: Scales of Justice: Recent convictions at Oxfordshire's magistrates' courts

11:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

CASES heard recently at Oxford Magistrates' Court.

Butterfly numbers fluttering upwards, survey reveals

Oxford Mail: Sightings of the small tortoiseshell were up 60 per cent

8:30am Thursday 10th April 2014

THEY’RE a welcome sign that summer is on the way.

Crime falls to lowest level since 1998

Oxford Mail: Oxford area deputy police commander Yvette Hitch

9:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

CRIME is at the lowest rate Oxfordshire has seen in 15 years.

'Where's the money for these extra free school meals, Nick?'

Oxford Mail: Dinner ladies Carole Butler, left, and Julie White with pupils at Wantage Primary School Main picture: Damian Halliwell

8:30am Wednesday 9th April 2014

SCHOOLS lunch breaks would have to take place over three hours a day to meet the needs of the Government’s free school meals programme, it has been claimed.

Election nominations set to open Monday

Oxford Mail: The Electoral Commission is calling for ‘sustained action now’ in a bid to crack down on voting fraud

7:40am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Nominations for local elections taking place in Oxfordshire next month open in less than a week.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller resigns over expenses scandal

Oxford Mail: Maria Miller

7:38am Wednesday 9th April 2014

MARIA MILLER, under fire for her expenses claims, has resigned as Culture Secretary this morning.

Paramedics feel pressure of 265 unfilled staff vacancies

Oxford Mail: Ambulance service whistleblowers say staff are feeling the pressure of unfilled vacancies in Oxfordshire

6:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE ambulance service for Oxfordshire is more than 260 staff short, latest figures have shown.

Flooding heroes praised for their ‘best of British spirit’

Oxford Mail: At the reception in Downing Street with Prime Minister David Cameron are left to right: Charlie Gee, Shaun Hatton, Pupinder Singh Ghatora, Mary Timbrell and Nick Hills

8:30am Tuesday 8th April 2014

THEY had battled what was “the worst of British weather” but had shown, in the words of the Prime Minister, “the best of British spirit”.

Vision of future calls on joined-up thinking

Oxford Mail: Civic Society chairman Peter Thompson

5:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

THE past month has seen three major announcements on how Oxfordshire should be developed in the coming two decades, including new homes, transport infrastructure and business premises. MATT OLIVER looks at the major challenges ahead

MP claims expenses scandal minister should be ‘worried’

Oxford Mail: Nicola Blackwood

9:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

UNDER-FIRE Culture Secretary Maria Miller has “most serious” questions to answer about her expenses, Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood said yesterday.

Parents’ anxious wait over school places

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Parents will find out next Wednesday whether their children have got into their first choice of primary school.

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