Below is a letter to the editor sent by Cllr Barbara Beeley, a Liberal Democrat who represents Saddleworth West and Lees on Oldham Council, and who has played a leading role in bringing forward plans for the drainage of Churchill Fields. It was sent to Saddleworth News on 14 September, but I’ve only been able to publish it now as I’ve been on holiday.
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I SHOULD LIKE TO put the record straight on a number of points made in the council chamber tonight by members of the Conservative Party concerning Churchill Playing Fields.
Councillor Hudson forsook Saddleworth for Chadderton so that he could get elected and does not represent Saddleworth at borough level and is not a member of Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership. He stated that he had not had a chance to comment on the plans which is totally untrue. The matter was discussed at Saddleworth Parish Council in March and the minutes of that meeting will show that he made his views clear at that time.
Cllr Sheldon suggested that the matter had been hastily done but trying to find a solution to a problem which has been around for 25 to 30 years and to which other solutions have failed is not acting hastily.
If this investment of £400,000 were not to go ahead, then by the time the next Olympics come round in 2016, Churchill Playing Fields could well be a boggy, desolate wasteland.
Cllr Barbara Beeley