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The Cherwell Local Plan Review

Cherwell District Council is publishing for consultation ‘Community Involvement Paper 2: Developing our Options’ and supporting documents to help inform the preparation of the Cherwell Local Plan Review.

The consultation will run for six weeks from Wednesday 29 September 2021 to 11.59pm on Wednesday 10 November 2021.

Consultation is now being undertaken to inform a review of the adopted Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 which is now five years old.

You will be aware of the closure of Charbridge Lane from Monday 17 October until Friday 17 December. The work is to construct the new tie in to the roundabout, complete part of the bridge slip road and enable the diversion of the road onto the new bridge.

The closure will be from Charbridge Way up to Launton roundabout. All access to the distribution centre will be maintained as will access to Langford Village.

Under Kickstart if and employer takes on a young person aged 18-24, the Government will pay their salary for 25 hours each week at the national average wage for 6 months. The positions created must be additional to your current requirements and employers are asked to help with employability support. Funding and advise is available to ensure that this is not a burden to your business.poster KS

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The Women's Cycling Tour

WT 2020 Col RGBOxfordshire will host the Grand Départ of the event for the first time in Women’s Tour history on Monday 4 October when Bicester and Banbury welcome nearly 100 of the world’s best riders for the start of the prestigious race.

The Women’s Tour began in the Bicester’s Market Square, which comprises part of its historic town trail, with riders eventually head north to finish in the market town of Banbury, which lies on the River Cherwell.

2021 marks the second year that Oxfordshire will host the Women’s Tour. Race organisers SweetSpot are working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council and local district councils to deliver the event as part of a three-year commitment which began in 2019.

An exciting event that attracted large crowds to Market Square to join the cyclists and their support teams at the start line. Bicester welcomed cyclists from the UK and from all over the world to compete. 

Check out the images from the event here


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Bicester In Bloom

Bicester in Bloom

Do you want to get involved?

Britain in Bloom groups have regularly reported benefits for the wider community:

  • Increasing visitor numbers and building a stronger local economy
  • Creating a stronger sense of pride of place and contributing to reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Delvering cleaner and greener place to shop, work and play for residents and vistors alike, and establishing a greater awareness of our environment
  • Building new partnerships between local authorities, businesses and community groups
  • Attracting greater funding opportunities to support specific activities
  • Attracting larger volunteer numbers and enabling groups to have a big impact across town

What is the format of the competition?

There are 16 regional and national Britain in Bloom competitions around the UK. When we have signed up, we'll join the competition as a town.

If we do well in your regional or national competition, we would be nominated to take part in the UK Finals, which are organised by the RHS. The Finals involve the highest achieving communities across the UK.

Community groups are active in their neighbourhood all year-round. The finalists are announced in late January each year, before being visited in the summer by RHS Bloom judges who assess their level of achievement. The winners are announced at a national ceremony in October.

Groups who have made an impact for people or the environment in their community can also be nominated for a Discretionary Award.

So, how do we take part?

Bicester is not currently registered but there are a few gardening groups in the area that may well wish to get together to establish a Bicester group .


Can we restore a sense of pride in our Town and Town Centre  with this scheme?

Yes, we believe we can achieve all of the following: 

Community Gardening Impressive Retailers Volunteer army of helpers Inspiring individuals Cultivating Knowledge
  • Refreshing planting schemes
  • Encourage neighbourhood co-operation
  • Reduce isolation 
  • Shop front decoration and horticultural displays
  • Top notch high street
  • Mending and painting
  • Cleaning & Tidying
  • Planting and dead heading
  • Watering and weeding
  • Residents of all ages and abilities to get involved
  • Creating beneficial schemes that are inclusive for all
  • Learning about growing and how rewarding it can be
  • Helping others to realise their potential
  • Understanding of the natural world


Interested in getting involved?

We would really like to understand from you if and how you would like to get involved with Bicester in Bloom. Please register your interest by completing this form for us and we will be in touch soon to take thisngs further.

Many thanks,

Beautiful Bicester Team

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