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Construction begins on Bicester 'Eco Town'

It's being hailed as the UK's first eco-village, a new site for housing on fields in Oxfordshire.

The development to the North West of Bicester will have 6000 homes. In the first phase - almost 400 of them will be ECO homes, and of that number 119 will be affordable.

It will in effect create a whole new suburb for the town, which its claimed takes a new approach to development.

But with ECO homes only making up small part of the overall development - is it all it's cracked up to be? Mel Bloor reports.

Interviewees: Steve Hornblow, project director at A2Dominion and Cllr Elise Benjamin from Oxfordshire Green Party.

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Homes of the future: Eco town set to be built in Bicester

Plans of what the eco town in Bicester could look like Credit: A2Dominion

Work will soon start to create the UK's first eco town in Bicester.

The site is being prepared for initial building work which will form part of 6000 sustainable, zero carbon homes for the town.

Developer A2Dominion have designed the town which will comprise of 40% green space as well as an eco pub, primary school and community centre.

The homes will be triple glazed with rainwater, harvesting and water recycling Credit: A2Dominion

The homes will have triple glazing as well as rainwater, harvesting and water recycling.

They will also be able to cope with climate change, staying warm in the winter and not overheating in the summer.

Solar panels will be incorporated on every home, making enough power to supply 550 homes.

Specially designed cycle and pedestrian routes will be installed to encourage people to use eco-friendly modes of transport, as well as charging points for cars powered by electricity.

Solar panels will adorn each homes roof Credit: A2Dominion

Designs for new station at Bicester Town

The designs for a new station at Bicester Town have been released. The plans include two new platforms, an improved station approach with cycle parking and bus stops. Work on the station is expected to be completed by summer 2015.

New designs for station at Bicester Town Credit: Chiltern Railways

Rob Brighouse, Managing Director at Chiltern Railways said: "Our brand new station at Bicester Town is part of our innovative project to build a new rail line between Oxford and London Marylebone.

Our investment provides the growing town of Bicester with two stations providing trains to London bringing more opportunities to travel and new transport connections for people in Oxfordshire."**

New designs for station at Bicester Town Credit: Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways will be running a bus replacement service from 15 February 2014 whilst work goes on to construct the new line between Bicester and Oxford.

New designs for station at Bicester Town Credit: Chiltern Railways

Edwardian gold rings stolen in Bicester

Police have released images of two Edwardian rings that were stolen during a burglary in Bicester last Friday.

Between 1.30pm and 4.45pm on 8th November, a house on Park Close in Middleton Stoney was burgled.

They stole two Edwardian 18 carat gold rings; a diamond, sapphire and ruby carved ring and a five stone diamond ring.

Edwardian 18ct gold ring Credit: Thames Valley Police

The items have great sentimental value to the owner and police are appealing for anyone who has seen these items, or who saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time of the burglary to contact them.

The stolen five stone diamond ring Credit: Thames Valley Police

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Man charged after Bicester burglary

A 22-year-old man has been charged for burgling a house in Caversfield, Bicester.

Thames Valley Police charged Danny Rayson, from Skimmingdish Lane, was charged on Monday, July 29.

The charge relates to a burglary in Skimmingdish Lane between 3pm and 6.30pm.

Ornaments and electrical items were stolen during the burglary.

Rayson appeared before Banbury Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody.

Tribute paid to 'bright and vibrant boy'

Austen was a bright and vibrant boy who injected life into everything he touched. His energy and creativity will be missed every day by all who met him and by those who did not have the privilege to meet him."

– Mr and Mrs Harrison

The family is planning to set up a foundation in Austen’s name to help improve the lives of other children.

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