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28 August 2014 Last updated at 11:30

Permission sought for 'eco-town'An artist's impression of how North West Bicester might look

The first of a series of planning applications are submitted for a so-called "eco-town" in Oxfordshire.

GoldieMedieval monk music inspires Goldie

A piece of medieval religious music from the Scottish Borders inspires a collaboration between a DJ and Oxford University academic.

Judges procession at Westminster marks start of legal year'Deeply elitist UK locks out talent'

The UK is "deeply elitist" with those educated at Oxbridge dominating top roles in the political, media and public sector.

Peter Henley Article written by Peter Henley Peter Henley Political editor, South of England

Is Minister for Portsmouth a job for life?

Matt Hancock has been appointed the new Minister for Portsmouth - but how long will the job last?

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    NEWS ON THE HOUR 11:58: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Long-running roadworks on the Wiltshire and Oxfordshire border have been a "nightmare" for people living nearby - according to the parish council. More at 12:00.

    MAKING UP TO DO 11:51:

    TVP Roads Policing tweets: Chk this AM, Abingdon. Driver stopped, compact in 1 hand, make up brush in other, no hands on wheel.

    CANCER PATIENTS WITH DEPRESSION 11:38: Smitha Mundasad Health reporter

    Oxford research suggests three quarters of cancer patients who are clinically depressed do not get the psychological therapy they need.

    Picture of woman with head in hands Some studies suggest depression can affect the chances of surviving cancer

    This "huge unmet need" is partly due to a focus on physical symptoms at the expense of good mental healthcare, researchers say.

    They argue depression is often overlooked but could be treated at a fraction of the cost of cancer drugs.

    Macmillan Cancer Support called the current situation "heartbreaking".

    'Medieval mash-up' 11:27:

    Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury of Oxford University has been talking about working with dance music pioneer Goldie on bringing a piece of medieval music to life.

    He said: "Working with Goldie has been a fascinating process. When I played him the classical recordings of the medieval music, he immediately began to get a feel for individual motifs and strands of melody that he then knits together to form a song.

    "It is surely a first for a DJ to sequence and mash-up medieval music!"

    'We need you' 11:14: Danny Cox Presenter, BBC Oxford

    Oxford United's CEO has urged fans to replicate the atmosphere they created at West Brom for Saturday's League Two clash at home to Dagenham.

    Oxford United watch penalties

    A huge travelling contingent of more than 2,000 supporters were at the Hawthorns and they witnessed a battling display from the team which only saw them knocked out on penalties.

    Mark Ashton has asked for similar backing at the Kassam Stadium as United look for their first points, telling BBC Radio Oxford that the passion shown made a significant impact on their performance.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 10:57: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A two-year deadlock over rent rises at Oxford Covered Market could be broken if both sides agree to an increase of 16%.

    That was the suggestion at a public meeting last night. Traders want Oxford City Council to agree not to backdate the increase though. More with me at 11:00.

    OPEN ALL HOURS? 10:44: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Sunday Trading Act came into force on this day 20 years ago in 1994, allowing all shops in England and Wales to open legally on a Sunday for the first time, but restricting opening times of larger stores.

    shopping bags

    This morning a new poll for Retail Week shows that two decades on, just over half of consumers believe further relaxation of the rules would benefit high streets. Would you like to see all shops open all the time on a Sunday? Is Sunday special any more for you? Email us and let us know.

    GOING FOR GOLDIE 10:35: Dave Gilyeat BBC News

    Electronic music artist Goldie has been working with an Oxford University professor to give a piece of recently-discovered medieval music new life.


    The DJ's composition, which includes sampling, medieval chants and a cello, is inspired by the Hawick Missal Fragment, an extract reconstructed by Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury of Oxford University's Music Faculty. It premieres on 30 August at Glasgow Cathedral.

    CONGESTION EASING 10:25: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Earlier temporary traffic lights caused congestion on the A4130 between the A34 at Milton and Didcot, but that's definitely easing now.

    It's also much better on the A34 southbound from Marcham to Milton, though still a bit heavy on all approaches to Milton Hill.

    Looking ahead 10:13: Dave Gilyeat BBC News

    Our news team are looking ahead at the top prospects for Thursday.

    Adina, Liz and Ali

    Running through ideas for the day's programming are Adina Campbell (TV producer), Liz Green (mid-morning producer) and Ali Dawes (news editor).

    COMING UP today 09:59: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Yesterday I met a very inspiring little boy and his mum and dad, Andrew and Sally, in Abingdon.


    Skye is only five but a year ago he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. You might know him actually - he's turned a playground craze into a world famous charity campaign with his Loom to the Moon project.

    Boxes and boxes of loom bands kept arriving at the door while I was there! Hear more from 10:00.

    OXBRIDGE 'ELITISM' 09:54: Judith Burns Education reporter, BBC News

    The UK is "deeply elitist" according to new analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders.

    Judges procession at Westminster marks start of legal year

    Small elites, educated at independent schools and Oxbridge, still dominate top roles, suggests the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission study. It says key institutions do not represent the public they serve.

    ON AIR 09:38: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Our top story is a drop in hate crime in Oxfordshire. We're hearing from a victim about how her life was turned upside down by it.

    And a year's supply of fruit cake and a book of stamps are some of the things UK companies have offered people who've complained, according to a survey. What have you've been given when you've complained? Let me know.

    ARSON ATTACK on hay 09:20: Oxford Mail

    About £20,000 worth of hay has been burned in an arson attack near Wantage.

    WANTAGE WALK 09:09:

    The Vale and Downland Museum in Wantage has arranged a guided health walk today.

    Walking for Health starts from the coffee shop at 10:00.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 08:57: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A jury in the trial of a man accused of stabbing a teenager to death in Oxford will continue its deliberations this morning.

    Connor Tremble, 17, suffered multiple stab wounds at his home in Fairacres Road in February. He died from his injuries two days later.

    Connor Tremble

    Will Blencowe, 21, from Banbury, denies murder. Two other men on trial accused of helping him deny perverting the course of justice. I'll have more at 09:00.

    Bridge reopens 08:42: BBC Radio Oxford

    The operator of the Whitchurch Bridge says it appreciates the impact the closure has had on people's lives.

    Whitchurch Bridge

    The toll bridge across the River Thames has been closed since October for major reconstruction work but is due to reopen next month.

    Geoff Weir from the Whitchurch Bridge Company said: "We'll all be very relieved when it reopens - we've always said we very much regret the inconvenience to people."

    POLICE ROADBLOCK 08:27: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There are solid queues on the A34 southbound due to a reported rolling roadblock by police from the Marcham to the Milton Interchange.

    There are problems on the A4130 with temporary traffic lights between the A34 at Milton and Didcot. They weren't due to be there until 09:30 so it's being looked into. They are causing 25-minute delays both ways.

    DEVON BEAT OXFORDSHIRE 08:16: Danny Cox Presenter, BBC Oxford

    It was agony for Oxfordshire's cricketers after they lost by seven runs to Devon in the final of the Minor Counties Trophy.

    Devon win Minor Counties Trophy

    Set 204 to win at Wormsley, near Watlington, the game went the distance, but Oxfordshire were unable to collect the runs they needed and finished on 196-9 after their 50 overs.

    Oxfordshire captain Luke Ryan said: "It's the first time we've got here... It's fantastic we've been here, we've tasted [it], we've got very close to coming over the line, so we'll definitely come back."

    SOME SHOWERS later 08:07: Bee Tucker BBC Weather

    There's a bit of mist and low cloud at the moment. This should lift through the morning and we should start to see some sunny spells.

    As we go through the later part of the morning and into the afternoon, we'll also get some showers feeding in. There's going to be a fairly brisk southwesterly wind which will pick up through the course of the day.

    There will be the odd heavy burst of showers but I suspect most will be fairly light, and some of us should keep the dry and bright weather through the afternoon. Highest temperatures around 20C (68F).

    GOOD MORNING 08:00: Dave Gilyeat BBC News

    Welcome to BBC Local Live, and a happy Thursday to you all. I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Oxfordshire today.

    You can get in touch and tell us what you're up to via email, Facebook or Twitter.




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