Asbestos adds £1m to Didcot Parkway railway station revamp costs

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The cost of a railway station forecourt revamp has increased by £1.3m after the discovery of asbestos and fuel tanks.

The redevelopment of Didcot Parkway railway station forecourt is now expected to cost £8m.

Oxfordshire's cabinet member for transport, David Nimmo Smith, said councillors could not have anticipated the underground discovery.

Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet approved an extra £1.74m funding at its meeting on Tuesday.

Mr Nimmo Smith said: "Asbestos has to be taken off to certified sites for disposal and those cause issues and cause delays."

Bus, cycle and taxi facilities, better drainage and a new piazza will be added as part of the redevelopment.

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    News on the hour 12:59: BBC Radio Oxford

    We will be able to cope in Oxfordshire during a four day strike by firefighters - that from our county's fire and rescue service this morning, with the latest walkout due to start at 18:00 tonight.

    Hear the latest at 13:00.

    'Government forced strike' 12:40: BBC Radio Oxford

    Firefighters across England are to start a four-day strike later in a row over pensions during one of the service's busiest weekends of the year.

    Firefighters on strike

    The assistant general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union Andy Dark told Phil Gayle that the government had forced them to take the 96 hour action.

    He said: "On previous strikes we have tried to minimize it, and we hoped that it would be enough to move the government. but unfortunately that hasn't been the case."

    He also denied that the strike would endanger people, saying: "every fire service has told the government that they have arrangements in place".

    Halloween police patrols 12:28:

    Thames Valley Police say they'll be carrying out "high visibility" patrols over the Halloween period to tackle any anti-social behaviour.

    A "no trick or treat" flyer can be downloaded from their website.

    Fireworks nights in south Oxfordshire 12:17: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    There's plenty of possible destinations to enjoy some fireworks this weekend in south Oxfordshire.


    Abingdon and Dry Sandford Scout Hut will be having a fireworks display tonight with gates opening at 18:45. On the night a family ticket with cost £12, adults £5 and Children £2.50. Advance tickets are cheaper.

    On 1 November Lloyd Recreation Park in Didcot is hosting a bonfire, fun fair and fireworks night. Gates open at 17:30. There is a discount for advance tickets, on the day family tickets cost £12, adults £5, and concessions £3.

    The Kinecroft in Wallingford is hosting its annual display.

    Lonely hearts club 'scam' 12:06: Banbury Cake

    A man left with a £631 phone bill after a relationship with a woman he met on a dating website is warning others to be wary.

    News on the hour 11:57: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The clear up of the debris following the demolition of three cooling towers at Didcot Power Station has been completed.

    That part of the site has been handed over to developers, who are planning to build housing.

    I'll have all the headlines at 12:00.

    Oxford Mail job cuts 11:41:

    The owner of the Oxford Mail, Newsquest, is cutting 20 jobs in Oxford as it transfers production to south Wales.

    The move is part of the group's strategy of transferring all subbing duties to its production hub in Newport.

    Top headlines
    Care home arrests 11:25: Stephen Stafford BBC News Online

    Two people have been arrested as part of a police investigation into a care home in Oxfordshire.

    Orchard House

    A Thames Valley Police statement said officers had visited the Orchard Lodge in Baskerville Road, Sonning Common.

    It said all residents were found to be safe and the force had worked with the county council to ensure they had an appropriate place to stay.

    Fireworks festivities in north Oxfordshire 11:09: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Not sure where to catch the best fireworks night spectacular in your area? Here's a rundown of events in the north of the county this weekend:


    Pingle Field in Bicester are having a display on Saturday 1 Novemeber. Gates open at 18:00 and tickets are £5 on the night or £4 advance.

    Kings Sutton Playing Fields at Kings Sutton near Banbury on Sunday 2 November. Gates open at 15:00 with the display starting at 18:00. Tickets £3 or £10 for a family of four.

    Also on on Sunday 2 November, King Stone Farm in Little Rollright near Chipping Norton will be having a bonfire and fireworks from 18:30. There are discounts for advance tickets but on the night an adult ticket will cost £5, under 16s £3 or £15 for a family.

    News on the hour 10:58: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A solid contingency plan will be in place tonight when firefighters walk out in the first night of a four day strike, according to Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue.

    I'll have more on that at 11:00.

    Listen to Radcliffe anniversary song 10:48: Dave Gilyeat BBC News

    An official song has been written to mark 300 years since the death of the benefactor of Oxford's first hospital.

    Anna Dennis, Rebecca Askew, Melanie Pappenheim

    Breathe was composed by Orlando Gough to celebrate the life of Dr John Radcliffe, who funded the Radcliffe Infirmary in the 18th Century.

    You can listen to an excerpt from the work here.

    Not all firefighters on strike 10:39: BBC Radio Oxford

    A four-day national walkout by firefighters across England is due to start at 18:00 this evening.

    Striking firefighters

    Oxfordshire's Chief Fire Officer Dave Etheridge told BBC Radio Oxford that some of the county's union members will continue to work.

    He said: "This is a national dispute between the national Fire Brigade Union and the national government and many of our fire fighters here in Oxfordshire have set aside their personal concerns around the pension changes and will be continuing to provide fire cover."

    Becoming Boyden 10:27:

    Ed Vaizey took his task of taking over Malcolm Boyden's show to extreme lengths. He tweeted this pic and said: I'm going to be @BBCMalc for 15 minutes...

    Ed Vaizey as Malcolm Boyden
    On air 10:13: BBC Radio Oxford

    It is Malcolm Boyden's final show on BBC Radio Oxford, and local MP Ed Vaizey is now in the studio with him.

    Ed Vaizey MP

    In a twist of roles, Ed will be interviewing Malcolm. You can listen here.

    Pub of the year 10:08: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    It may be a little early to start thinking about a drink, but should you be wondering where to go this weekend, you might want to consider the new Michelin Pub of the Year.

    Pub table

    The winner of the 2015 prize is in Oxfordshire, and is Kingham's The Wild Rabbit.

    Editor of the Michelin guide Rebecca Burr told Phil Gayle that the pub had "just captured everything; wonderful service, a fantastic chef and superb bedrooms, the perfect package".

    News on the hour 09:57: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire "will cope" during a four day strike by firefighters that starts tonight, according to the county's chief fire officer.

    I'll have more on that at 10:00.

    Clunes at Cogges 09:47: Oxford Times

    TV star Martin Clunes has been filming scenes for his new drama at Cogges Manor Farm in Witney.

    Coping with trick or treaters 09:33: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    I've been asking what happens in your area at Halloween.

    Jack o' Lantern

    Sue Powell from in Moulsford near Wallingford told me how her village manage to make it fun for everyone, and people who don't want to be disturbed are left alone.

    She said: "We put an advert in our village magazine with a big picture of a bat saying trick or treaters welcome, that people can cut out and stick on their door, or put a pumpkin outside. The Children know that if there is no pumpkin or no sign then they should not go and knock on that house."

    She added "When I first moved to the village there were tricks of people throwing flour at a door, but now the children just want their treats!"

    'Truly impressive' 09:22:

    After the end of UK combat operations in Afghanistan, the final plane from Camp Bastion carrying military equipment has landed at the Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

    Merlin Helicopter from Royal Air Force Benson being loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft at RAF Brize Norton

    Wing Commander Nick Robson has praised the team who carried out the operation: "It is truly impressive what they have handled both at Camp Bastion at one end and also back at Brize Norton the huge amount of stuff."

    He explained: "Over 50 aircraft have been dismantled, put in the back of other bog freight aircraft and flown back to Brize Norton, where they are rebuilt and flown on to their home bases."

    It's that time of year 09:08: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    The nights have drawn in and its time for the ghouls to come out and fireworks to induce oohs and aahs across the county.

    Evangeline and Isabel Humphrey

    I'll be feeling safe at home this evening with these two little horrors (and the pumpkin) to protect me from from the worst of the Eve of All Hallows' Day.

    We'll also be celebrating Guy Fawkes night next week, but fireworks displays are taking place already, and I'll be bringing you information about what's going on in your area.

    But you can help, let me know what you are getting up to tonight and over the next week to celebrate Halloween and fireworks night, via email, Facebook or Twitter.

    News on the hour 08:57: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    It's the end of an era for operations at RAF Brize Norton serving Afghanistan.

    Last night, the final plane from Camp Bastion carrying military equipment landed at the Oxfordshire base.

    Join me for all the headlines at 09:00.

    Bricks in the road 08:45: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Getting quite busy on the A40 at the Headington Roundabout now - police are with a car and a van that have had a bump there.

    And on the A418 in Thame, at the Aylesbury Road Roundabout, at the turn for Scotsgrove - there are reports of bricks on the road.

    Film site application dropped 08:37: Hannah Bewley BBC News Online

    An application to extend the filming of blockbusters at a former Oxfordshire air base has been withdrawn.

    Brad Pitt

    The Dorchester Group applied to Cherwell District Council to allow filming on 125 days of the year, an increase from the current 28.

    World War Z and television programmes Lewis and 24 have been filmed at Heyford Park.

    Residents said they had been woken at night by explosions and bright lights.

    Exceptionally mild 08:25: Bee Tucker BBC Weather

    It's a mild start to the day, there is a lot of cloud about but that should lift and break quite quickly through the morning.

    Weather graphic

    So, a bright day to come and it is going to be exceptionally mild with highs this afternoon of 21C (70F).

    M40 lanes closed 08:13: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Also on the M40 Southbound, two lanes have closed due to an accident between junction 11 at Banbury and 10 at Brackley.

    Bucket in the road 08:05: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the M40 Southbound there are reports of debris on the road on between junction 9 at Wendlebury and 8A at Oxford

    Apparently a large bucket is rolling around, one mile before the services.

    Good Morning 08:00: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire this Halloween Friday.

    I'm in the BBC Oxford newsroom bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county.

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



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