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Stuart Littleford – Senior Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
Wayne Fairley – Sports Reporter

Past Articles

Uppermill flood prevention work nearing completion

Wall and pipe installed to better channel water into an existing culvert

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Residents in Uppermill will be pleased to know that flood prevention work is currently being carried out on Station Road in the village to help prevent regular flooding issues.

During periods of heavy and prolonged rainfall large volumes of water run down from the hills above Uppermill overloading and blocking old culverts and drains, this frequently leads to surface water build up on many […]

Residents battle against rising flood waters in Saddleworth today

Residents on Delph New Road trying to stop the rising water from getting into their homes

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Heavy rain has caused serious flooding in some parts of Saddleworth today with water levels in the River Tame rising to their highest in recent memory.

In Uppermill, the village park and children’s play area was submerged beneath two feet of water with a number of homes on School Street, off the High Street badly flooded.

The rising water level […]

New school plans may add to flooding risk in Saddleworth

Cllr Mike Buckley

Following recent national flooding problems Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG) have raised concerns that the plans to relocate Saddleworth School to Diggle may add to flood risk in Saddleworth. The proposals for the new school involve building two sports pitches in the green belt valley below the Pallet Works site, much of which is designated as a flood plane. A recent (2010) strategic flood risk assessment conducted for the Diggle site1 […]

Gully unblocked as part of ongoing maintenance

Cleared – the gully on Station Road, Uppermill

Oldham Council workers have been busy clearing a gully on Station Road in Uppermill to prevent road flooding that has been seen in recent years.

A council spokesperson told Saddleworth News: “As you know we’ve had quite a lot of rain over the last few months, which meant a build up of silt etc which blocked this gully. We monitor all gullies across the Borough on a rotating basis and this […]

Churchill flooding issue still a cause for concern say locals

Flooding during heavy rainfall on Churchill Fields

By Stuart Littleford

Residents have voiced concerns over the effectiveness of the recent improvement works carried out to Churchill Playing Fields in Greenfield.

The works were carried out in order to reduce the amount of surface water and flooding to the sports pitches as well as to improve the general drainage, but some residents claim the flooding problem has not gone away.

Saddleworth News discussed these issues with Oldham Council and received […]

Garth Harkness gives update on Saddleworth flooding issues

Cllr Garth Harkness

A culvert in Diggle

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Saddleworth North Ward, Garth Harness, has given Saddleworth News an update on the flooding issues in parts of Saddleworth and explains what has been done so far to alleviate the issues.

Cllr Harkness said: “Given the recent weather I thought it may be a good time to provide an update on the flooding appraisal process. I had a meeting the other week to discuss where we are […]

Diggle gulley issue gets a response from Oldham Council

The collapsed gulley at Diggle. Photo: OMBC Highways.

Saddleworth News recently met with Councillor Garth Harkness near to Brun Clough Reservoir in Diggle to investigate one of the major causes of flooding along the A62 Huddersfield Road.

During torrential rain the water from Marsden Moor flows down onto the Huddersfield Road near to the Diggle and Marsden border. This has led to surface water on the road forming a small river running down towards Delph and Dobcross.

A blocked culvert in Diggle is a major cause of surface water on the A62 Standedge Road

Garth Harkness surveys the blocked gulley. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

A major contributing factor for the large volumes of flood water that flow down the roads into Delph and Diggle during storms is a blocked culvert near to Brun clough reservoir at Diggle.

The rainwater always flowed from the moors naturally into this culvert, but in recent years it has become blocked and overgrown with subsidence blocking large sections of it.

The surface water flowing down the A62 at […]