Banbury is set to have registrars operating in the town for the first time in years due to relocation efforts by the town and county councils.

Parts of the registration service's northern Oxfordshire component will move from Bodicote House in the village of Bodicote to Banbury.

The shift comes as Cherwell District Council plans to move its headquarters from Bodicote House to Castle Quay in Banbury.

Oxfordshire County Council and Banbury Town Council have planned to relocate ceremonial services such as weddings and civil partnerships to the town hall.

The ceremonial services will take place on the first floor of the town hall.

Councillor Neil Fawcett, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for community and corporate services, said: "It’s been great to work with Banbury Town Council to bring a proportion of our registration services right into the heart of Banbury.

"Our registration services touch the lives of people at milestone moments in their lives.

"I look forward to the new arrangements taking shape and coming in to being in late 2024."

Councillor Kieron Mallon of Banbury Town Council said: "The return of the registration service led ceremonies to Banbury is a cause for celebration.

"This arrangement will also add to the vibrancy of the centre of the town centre overall."

The move is scheduled to be completed by December, and it is expected that registrar appointments will also move to Banbury town centre at a later date.