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Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
Judith Grinter – Reporter

Past Articles

Oldham Labour Group to propose a motion calling for end to austerity at tomorrow’s Council meeting

Reporter: Allan Roach

The Oldham Labour Group will be proposing a motion calling for the end to austerity at tomorrow’s Oldham Council meeting.

The motion urges the Government to end the austerity programme which has had a massive detrimental impact on services, depressed wages and pushed more children in to poverty.


Councillor Chadderton, the proposer of the motion, told Saddleworth News: “This Government’s austerity programme has failed the people of Oldham. Amongst the hardest hit are our teachers, […]

Oldham Council is reminding residents that there is one week left to enter the Bloom and Grow 2017 competitions

Reorter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council is reminding residents there’s only one week left to enter the Bloom and Grow 2017 competitions.

There’s six competitions to enter: photography, private garden, young photographer, blooming business, blooming pub or blooming restaurant.

They are looking for the best photos of Oldham and the best looking gardens, businesses, pubs or restaurants – there’s a prize to be won for the winners of each category.

The deadline to enter all the competitions is midnight Friday 7 […]

Oldham Council has been awarded Disability Employer Accreditation

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council has been awarded Disability Confident employer status.

The accreditation, which is run by the Government and is open to both public and private sector organisations, is designed to help positively change attitudes, behaviours and working culture to support the employment of people with disabilities.

Achieving the accreditation confirms that Oldham Council is proactive in recruiting and retaining disabled people and others with health conditions for their skills and talent.

In recent years Oldham Council has […]

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 […]

Oldham Council celebrates ‘Love Your Local Market’

Oldham traders who are supporting Love Your Local Market

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council is supporting ‘Love Your Local Market’ for the fifth year in a row with a series of activities and promotions.

And residents could win £50 worth of Tommyfield Market shopping vouchers just by telling us why they love Oldham’s market traders.

We are running a social media competition as part of ‘Love Your Local Market’, which is a national campaign celebrating Britain’s markets.

With a […]

Debbie demands government action on fly-tipping

Fly-tipping in Dobcross highlighted by Saddleworth News recently

Story sponsored by Wainwright Stump Removal:

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, demanding that the Government do more to tackle the growing scourge of fly-tipping.

Saddleworth News has highlighted the issue of fly-tipping a number of times in the last […]

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 […]

Oldham restaurant fined £12,000 for food hygiene breaches

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted an Oldham restaurant after inspectors found an uncontrolled cockroach infestation and poor cleaning standards.

The case was brought against Mavi Royton Ltd after Environmental Health officers visited Istanblue, 28 Rochdale Road, Royton, on 2 November 2016.

During their visit officers found that adequate procedures were not in place to control pests and the food premises had not been kept clean or maintained in good repair and condition.

German cockroaches were found in […]

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 […]

Shaw firm ordered to pay more than £158,000 following prosecution

A Shaw company has been ordered to pay more than £158,000 after it was prosecuted by Oldham Council for breaching health and safety at work legislation.

The incident occurred on Monday, 6 July, 2015 at James Dunkerley Steels Limited (JDS Ltd), Holyrood Sidings.

The company had taken delivery of a mixed load of steel beams on a flatbed wagon and three men were unloading.

It was decided that the stacks were packed too closely together and required separating.

One of […]

Springhead heroes to be honoured

Pictured from left to right are Cllr Steven Hewitt, Cllr Adrian Alexander, Cllr Peter Klonowski, Parish Cllr Barbara Beeley and Lisa Macdonald – District Co-ordinator for Saddleworth & Lees

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council is set to commemorate two historically significant Springhead heroes.

A heritage sign has been installed in Springhead to commemorate Victoria Cross recipient Sergeant Thomas Steele and famous suffragette Annie Kenney.

Both figures were born in Springhead and made a significant impact across the world – […]

Neighbourhood Plan to cover Saddleworth Parish granted

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A recent application submitted by Saddleworth Parish Council to Oldham Council and the Peak District National Park Authority to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan to cover the area of Saddleworth Parish has been granted. This this week a steering group met to draw up the timeline for producing the plan.

A Neighbourhood Plan is an important and powerful document with real legal force and therefore has to conform with certain formal procedures. It is a document which:


MPs won’t allow violence against women to be ‘swept under the carpet’

Left to right – Sarah Champion MP, Sally Bonnie, Director and Founder of Inspire Women Oldham, Debbie Abrahams MP, Councillor Yasmin Toor, Ikram Butt, former rugby league player and ambassador for the White Ribbon campaign to end violence against women

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth invited Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Sarah Champion, to Oldham to find out about the work being done by multi-agency groups to break the cycle […]

Historic listings upgraded on war memorials in Oldham

The war memorial in Oldham Town Centre

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council is pleased to inform residents after the war memorials in Oldham Town Centre and Crompton have had their historic significance boosted.

Historic England now consider the two landmarks as ‘particularly important structures of more than special interest’ and have upgraded them from Grade II to Grade II* listed.

In 2013 Oldham War Memorial – originally sculpted by Albert Toft and unveiled in 1923 – was refurbished by […]