Saddleworth Runners youngsters using the Churchill Fields track.
Seven members of Saddleworth Parish Council have issued a joint statement calling for the running track at Churchill Fields to be retained. Meanwhile, an Oldham Council report has revealed that grants body the Football Foundation has effectively vetoed the idea of keeping the running facility.
Cllr Barbara Beeley (picture: Liberal Democrats)
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 [...]
Councillors listen to the public during the meeting at Uppermill Civic Hall.
More than 50 people attended a public meeting held at the Civic Hall on Tuesday night to discuss parking issues in Uppermill. Oldham Council Cabinet member Jean Stretton, along with parish councillors, heard complaints about the negative impact of [...]
Discussions over closer working between Oldham and Rochdale councils have stalled. The authorities had been talking to each other for several months about ways in which they could work together to save money, but Oldham Council Chief Executive Charlie Parker made the surprise announcement today that those talks were off.
In an e-mail to council [...]
Inside the Green Valley Grocer.
I’ve had another piece published by The Guardian, this time about northern co-operatives, including the new enterprises in Slaithwaite and Holmfirth. It was published on the Northerner section of the paper’s website here.
To read past Saddleworth News articles written for The Guardian, click here.
To hear the audio [...]
A public meeting will take place at the Civic Hall “as soon as is practicable” to discuss the issues around parking in Uppermill, members of Saddleworth Parish Council agreed last night.
But that agreement came at the end of a lively, and sometimes tense, hour-and-a-quarter of debate at the regular monthly meeting [...]
After weeks of behind-the-scenes toing and froing, harmony broke out on Saddleworth Parish Council last night, as the make-up of its assorted sub-committees was agreed.
A special meeting was held in the new extension of Uppermill Civic Hall to finally approve the details of the various committees, which examine issues including the hall itself, the [...]
Cllr Brian Lord
A member of the Oldham Council Cabinet which oversaw cuts of £41m in the borough’s budget for 2011/12 has given a detailed insight into how the process worked.
Cllr Brian Lord served in the Liberal Democrat/Conservative administration until last month’s elections, in which Labour took power in Oldham, and Cllr Lord [...]
Helen Thomas (picture: Home Instead)
The Uppermill branch of elderly care firm Home Instead has announced the appointment of a new Care Manager.
Helen Thomas now has the job of running much of the day-to-day operations of the company in our area. It provides services allowing pensioners to stay in their own homes rather [...]
The make-up of Saddleworth Parish Council’s various sub-committees still hasn’t been decided, as disagreements between the parties continue.
A behind-closed-doors meeting between all the parish councillors took place last night in an attempt to thrash out the row, but it broke up without a resolution.
The Liberal Democrats, who hold 12 of the 20 seats, [...]
Cllr Richard Knowles and his wife Valerie, in the official mayoral portrait. (picture: Oldham Council)
Cllr Richard Knowles is the new Mayor of Oldham. The former Liberal Democrat leader of the council, who lives in Greenfield and represents Saddleworth South, will serve in the role for the next 12 months.
He took over from [...]
Cllr Ian Barker
The only Independent member of Oldham Council, Cllr Ian Barker, has announced that he’s rejoining the Conservatives.
Cllr Barker, who represents Failsworth West, was suspended by the party in 2009 while a police investigation took place into the alleged misuse of council e-mail accounts.
After Cllr Barker was cleared of any [...]
A disagreement between the parties on Saddleworth Parish Council meant the make-up of the council’s various sub-committees couldn’t be agreed at Monday night’s meeting in Uppermill Civic Hall.
Conservative and Independent members of the council chose not to accept a provisional list of names which had been circulated by e-mail in recent days by senior [...]
Debbie Abrahams in the House of Commons recently. (picture: Parliament TV)
Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams has again spoken out against the government’s planned changes to the National Health Service.
In a Commons debate yesterday evening, Ms Abrahams criticised the proposals as “costly” and “ideologically driven.”
Ministers recently announced a pause in the parliamentary process [...]