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Oxford expands food recycling scheme

Food recycling is becoming popular in Oxford Credit: ITV

Almost 4,000 people who live in flats in Oxford are now able to recycle food for the first time.

The flats food recycling campaign is a three-year project to roll out food recycling to residents in all 19,000 of Oxford's flats.

The City Council delivered food caddies to all its tenants living in flats - about 500 sites across Oxford.

Recycled food in the city is used to generate power for about 8,000 homes and create fertiliser for local farms.

Actor Shia LaBeouf broadcasts live from Oxford lift

American actor Shia LaBeouf is streaming himself spending 24 hours in a lift in Oxford. It's an 'arts performance' ahead of a talk at the Oxford Union.

Shia, who starred in The Transformers and Indiana Jones, began the stunt at 9am this morning in Gloucester Green alongside artists Nastja Ronkko from Finland and Luke Turner from Manchester.

The project is knows as #Elevate. The three meet members of the public while a camera live-streaming through Youtube.

LaBeouf is to appear at the Oxford Union at 8pm this evening before returning to the lift until 9am tomorrow morning.

The livestream is being broadcast free in the union’s debating chamber.


Protests expected as council meets to ratify £69m savings

Protests are expected again at Oxfordshire Council Credit: ITV News

Protests are expected at Oxfordshire County Council as its budget is finalised later.

The Conservative-run authority has to save £69m after a cut in government funding.

David Cameron's mother and aunt are among those who have expressed concerns about the level of cuts.

The new budget will see the scrapping of mobile libraries and bus subsidiaries, funding for the arts, homeless support, road gritting and elderly day services and support for carers.

Meanwhile the Unite union is staging a 24-hour walk-out over plans to shut 44 children's centres in the county.

4,000 tonnes of fly-tipped waste removed from the railway line at Oxford

Rubbish removed from railway line Credit: British Transport Police

Network Rail has spent £250,000 removing more than two hundred lorries of rubbish from the railway in Oxford. Between Oxford Parkway and Oxford station, 4,000 tonnes of fly tipped waste were removed from the line. 200 lorry loads were taken from the area in St Peters Road. The mammoth haul included: shopping trolleys, asbestos roofs, bicycles, televisions, gas canisters and a trampoline.

It comes as work continues to link the two stations as part of the new Oxford to London Marylebone route. Network Rail says the railway is often seen as an easy target for litter and fly-tipping by members of the public and clearing up the rubbish costs hundreds of thousands of pounds every year.

Rob Mole, Network Rail programme manager, said: "Fly-tipping is not only illegal it blights the environment and poses a safety threat to the operation of the railway and our staff who maintain it. We have cleaned up the area of track which has been used by mindless fly-tippers and this will make a positive difference for local residents and people using the railway. We will always look to trace those responsible and will take action against them whenever possible. People should dispose of waste materials in the appropriate manner and not use the railway as a dumping ground."

Fly-tipping on the railway carries a fine of up to £1000.


Walk-out after council decides to shut children's centres

Credit: OCC

Member of the unite union are to stage a walk-out after Oxfordshire County Council voted to shut all forty four children centres - including in the prime minister’s Witney constituency.

Unite, says cutting £8 million from its children services budget for 2016/17 – a 50 per cent funding cut - will hit families and young people hard. The union’s members voted by 83 per cent in favour of strike action and will strike for 24 hours from midnight on 15 February to midnight on 16 February.

Narrowboat raised after crashing into bridge

A specialist team of divers and Environment Agency officers have finally managed to raise a narrowboat that capsized in the Thames after breaking free from its mooring in Oxford. The 'One Old Peculier' floated down the River before crashing into Osney Bridge below Botley Road on Monday. She's been there ever since despite numerous attempts to raise her. However the Environment Agency used a crane to winch the boat upright.

Oxford is the UK's fittest city

People in oxford are the fittest in the UK Credit: ITV

Oxford is the fittest city in the UK and the number of people taking part in regular exercise is on the increase, two separate studies have found.

A survey of 2,000 adults found that residents in Oxford do more exercise than those who live in other UK cities.

The research found 74 per cent of those asked worked out at least once a week.

Liverpool was named the second fittest city, with 65 per cent exercising once a week, while Manchester came in third, with 63 per cent.

People in Oxford are now taking part in sport at least once a week.

Keeping Oxford's roads open during flooding

Plans to keep roads in Oxford open during heavy rainfall and flooding are set to be unveiled.

Oxfordshire County Council is aiming to use high volume pumps to clear water during severe weather, and keep the roads open for as long as possible.

Areas most prone to flooding will be specifically targeted.

Parts of Oxford were badly hit by flooding in January 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

"This is an interim plan to keep the road infrastructure open as long as physically possible during severe weather. We have developed the plan having learned from flooding in previous years. We will begin by using a high volume pump to keep the Abingdon Road open by pumping the water onto nearby land and into the Thames.

"In Botley Road we have actually inserted two six inch pipes under the road so we can pump the water onto the flood plain and into the river. In Binsey and South Hinksey we will be using pumps to get the water off the roads and back onto the adjoining land. We are doing this in a particular order to ensure we don't cause problems elsewhere in the city and surrounding area.

"All the agencies involved will be working and sharing equipment to keep Oxfordshire PLC open for business, allowing large and small companies to thrive and relocate to Oxford with confidence.

"Significant flooding forecasts have greatly improved and river levels are monitored electronically so this plan will be put into place when flooding is forecast. We can't guarantee that these roads will never flood again as no one knows what mother nature might throw at us but there is now a much greater chance of the roads staying open."

– Deputy Leader of Oxfordshire County Council Rodney Rose
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