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Stuart Littleford – Reporter & Media Advisor
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
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Past Articles

Saddleworth School Poll – Looking at the Results

Saddleworth School 1979

 

Saddleworth School 1979/80 @SaddleworthDIY

In Feb 2015 and then again in Aug 2017 Saddleworth News polled its readers asking where they would prefer the new Saddleworth School to be built. Saddleworth School is the local mixed-sex secondary school educating children of 11 to 16 years of age. It is presently located in Uppermill, Saddleworth.

The poll was conducted purely out of interest. The school awaits being built.

Saddleworth School Poll 2015

 

 

 

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The ‘greatest free show on earth’ continues to attract worldwide attention

Whit Friday at Denshaw

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

This year’s Whit Friday band contests are set to attract thousands of people to the borough – including musicians from as far afield as Switzerland and Australia.

Oldham Council is again providing help and financial support to ensure the Saddleworth and Lees contests hit all the right notes and everyone enjoys a spectacular day of free entertainment and fun.

Dubbed ‘the greatest free show on earth’, this traditional event dates back to […]

Condition of local roads is a ‘real concern’ for many Saddleworth residents says MP after Saddleworth News investigation

A large pothole over 4 inches deep on Huddersfield Road in Diggle

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams MP has said the state of the roads in Saddleworth is a “real concern” for many local residents after the issue was highlighted by Saddleworth News.

Saddleworth News investigated after being contacted by a number of local residents who expressed their concerns over an increasing number of potholes and ruts on roads in the area as well as the generally poor road […]

Saddleworth School plans ruled unlawful by High Court

SDAG spokesperson, Keith Lucas

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council will now have to rethink their plans to build a new Saddleworth School in Diggle after a High Court ruled they were unlawful.

The school case was taken to the Royal Courts of Justice in London by the Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG) after a long fought campaign and financial backing from various sympathetic donors.

SDAG had always claimed the plans to move the school to Diggle were flawed and […]

‘Shocking’ report shows over 8,000 children are living in poverty in Oldham East and Saddleworth

Debbie Abrahams MP

The End Child Poverty coalition has published a ‘child poverty map’ of the UK which reveals that 8,280 children are living in poverty in Oldham East and Saddleworth. Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, responding to the report, said: “It’s shocking that the End Child Poverty Coalition’s report shows that in Oldham East and Saddleworth around one third of children are living in poverty. “We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that over […]

Armed police units deployed in Saddleworth to help fight against soaring burglaries

Armed police helping with crackdown on burglaries in Saddleworth – photo Stuart Littleford

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Armed police units have been drafted into Saddleworth to assist local police officers who are working to combat soaring domestic burglaries.

The last few weeks have seen have seen various parts of Saddleworth affected by this type of crime with Delph, Denshaw and Dobcross particularly targeted.

Most of the recent burglaries have involved offenders breaking in through windows and conducting untidy searches of […]

Large increase in burglaries in the Saddleworth area

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police say there has been a large increase in burglaries in the Saddleworth over the last few weeks and that extra resources have now been deployed to the area.

Last night there was an attempted burglary at a house on Whitehead Close in Greenfield and last week three houses in Delph were also broken into.

A silver car believed to be a VW Passat was seen in suspicious circumstances on Thurston Clough Road in Delph and a […]

Debbie praises commitment to resolving Diggle bus service issue

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has praised the commitment of local residents, councillors and bus companies for working together to find a solution to the cuts of the 184 Diggle service.

Local resident Liz Redfearn arranged a meeting in Uppermill to discuss the changes to the 184 service which would have affected children getting to school in Oldham.

At the meeting it was announced that from September the 558 bus will go to […]

Lucky escape for driver as car stopped from rolling down embankment in Diggle

Emergency services at the scene of the accident on Standedge Road in Diggle

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are investigating after a man was left injured when his car careered off the road in Diggle.

The accident happened at around 4.00pm on Friday 10 June when the black BMW he was travelling in ended up on its side after crashing through concrete fencing on Standedge Road.

Miraculously a number of trees prevented the vehicle from rolling further down the embankment.

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Spate of illegal fly-tipping in Saddleworth in last few weeks

Large amounts of rubbish dumped along Harrop edge Lane in Diggle

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council officials are investigating a spate of illegal fly-tipping in various parts of Saddleworth over the last few weeks.

Large amounts of rubbish have been dumped in different parts of the parish with one of the main hotspots being on Harrop Edge Lane between Diggle and Dobcross.

Over 60 black refuse bags containing household rubbish and in some cases building debris, have been left […]

Meeting date set to reconsider Saddleworth School planning applications

Oldham Council’s Planning Committee will meet to reconsider all four applications relating to the proposed new Saddleworth School this month.

An ‘extraordinary’ meeting will consider only these matters in the Council Chambers on Wednesday, April 13 at 6pm.

The cross-party members will consider the applications to:

A) Build the new Saddleworth School on the WH Shaw Pallets site in Diggle;

B) Demolish existing buildings on the WH Shaw site, excluding the listed building; C) Demolish the link bridge attached to […]

Oldham Council to reconsider Saddleworth School planning applications

Oldham Council is to reconsider the planning applications relating to the proposed new Saddleworth School in Diggle.

A special meeting of the local authority’s cross-party Planning Committee had met on February 25 to consider four applications to:

Build the new Saddleworth School on the WH Shaw Pallets site in Diggle; Demolish existing buildings on the WH Shaw site, excluding the listed building; Demolish the link bridge attached to the Grade II listed building on the WH Shaw site; Provide a […]

Heartbroken dog owners in appeal for help

Missing dog – SUSIE

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

The heartbroken owners of a dog that fell into the River Tame at Diggle yesterday are making an appeal to Saddleworth News readers for help in finding her.

Susie, an 18-year-old cross breed, was out on a walk and slipped into River Tame near the Diggle duck pond yesterday and was pulled down by the streams current.

A large number of people have been on a search of some parts of the […]

Diggle Dandelions is celebrating once again after its latest inspection by Ofsted

One of the top pre-schools in Oldham is celebrating once again after its latest inspection by Ofsted.

Diggle Dandelions has kept its ‘outstanding’ judgement from the education watchdog – but has now become even better by achieving the highest possible rating in every category.

The setting was praised by Ofsted for its “consistently outstanding” quality of teaching, for ensuring children are “extremely well supported” and because children make “excellent progress”.

The report adds that there is a “warm, welcoming environment” […]