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Independent review hails Oldham Council’s “remarkable transformation”

‘Full speed ahead for Oldham’: Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader and Charlie Parker, Chief Executive, pictured with today’s new report in front of trams being tested on Oldham’s new Metrolink line which opens in Spring 2014.

An Independent Review of Oldham Council published today hails a “remarkable transformation” that has seen it become “an ambitious and effective council”.

Earlier this year the Local Authority asked the Local Government Association to carry out a comprehensive ‘Peer Challenge’ – a voluntary […]

OMBC: ‘Fighting tooth and nail for Saddleworth’s children’

A public meeting was held at Uppermill Civic Hall on Wednesday night to allow public consultation over the planned building of the new Saddleworth School.

Oldham Council Leader – Jim McMahon

The main points discussed at the meeting were traffic issues, building and design work, pupil safety and the visual impact the development would have on the surrounding area.

Other topics included the financial implications of the new school and whether or not the present school site could be […]

Carolyn Wilkins proposed as interim Chief Executive for Oldham Council

Carolyn Wilkins to take on role of interim Chief Executive

Oldham Council is set to confirm interim arrangements paving the way for the selection of its next Chief Executive.

Last month it was confirmed that Charlie Parker is leaving the Local Authority to take up a new role as Chief Executive at Westminster City Council.

A meeting of Oldham Council’s all-party Selection Committee took place on Friday, October 11 and has recommended interim arrangements to take effect when Mr […]

Chief Executive Charlie Parker to leave Oldham Council

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker is set to leave his post as Chief Executive of Oldham Council to take up one of the top jobs in Local Government.

The 52-year-old has today been recommended for appointment to the post of Chief Executive at Westminster City Council.

The recommendation will go before a Full Council meeting at Westminster on September 26 and, subject to approval, he would replace Mike More, who is stepping down at the end of 2013.

Mr Parker […]

Oldham And Rochdale Insist Joint Working Still On Agenda

Cllr Jim McMahon

The leaders of Oldham and Rochdale councils have issued a joint statement, following the news that talks over the creation of a new joint management team had stalled.

Cllr Jim McMahon of Oldham, and his Rochdale counterpart Cllr Colin Lambert, insisted that the two authorities will continue to work together to save money in other areas.

A panel of ten senior councillors from both authorities have been examining ways in which more closer working between the […]

Oldham And Rochdale Joint Working Talks Break Down

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 staff, obtained by Saddleworth News, he said: “Over the last few months we’ve been working closely with Rochdale Council to investigate opportunities for joint working. […]