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Councillor raises human rights issues in new bid to remove Councillor Mike Buckley from office

Cllr Rob Knotts

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Issues around the human rights of children have been raised at the meeting of Saddleworth Parish Council on Monday in a new bid to remove Councillor Mike Buckley from office following his conviction for downloading indecent images of children.

In a statement made to the council at the meeting, Independent Councillor, Rob Knotts said he believed there were good grounds to remove Cllr Buckley from office for failing to take into account […]

Parish Councillors Oppose Buckley Street Plans

Saddleworth Parish Council’s Planning Committee has recommended that proposals to replace the old police station and court in Uppermill with a row of terraced homes be rejected.

Wiggett Homes has applied to demolish the existing building on Buckley Street and put up six houses instead. But at a meeting on Monday night parish councillors expressed concern at the potential loss of the historic building, which is situated in a conservation area.

Despite the objection from the parish, the final decision […]

Shopkeepers Angry At Grotton Hotel Co-op Plan

Grotton newsagent Tony Smith, pictured in his shop today.

Local shop owners in Grotton have expressed concern over the proposed new Co-op store in the Grotton Hotel building on Oldham Road.

There’s also anger over how the supermarket has acted, with one shopkeeper describing the Co-op as “underhand and aggressive.”

Planning laws mean it hasn’t had to specifically ask to change the use of the old pub to a shop, and an application approved by Oldham Council in February […]

Row Delays Parish Council Committee Line-Ups

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 Liberal Democrats.

The list suggested which Lib Dems could sit on the sub-committees, as well as which of them were prepared to act as chairs. […]

Plan To Turn Closed Denshaw Pub Into Houses

The former Black Horse Inn on Oldham Road in Denshaw.

The former Black Horse Inn at Denshaw could be turned into houses.

A planning application has been made by Shaw-based company North West House to change the pub, which shut last year, into three private residences.

According to documents submitted as part of the application, attempts over the past year to find someone to take the Oldham Road pub on as a business have failed.

Mentioning other nearby pubs […]

Lib Dems Remain Largest Party On Saddleworth Parish Council

The five victorious Liberal Democrats from the Springhead Lower ward. (left to right: Brian Lord, Pat Lord, Garth Harkness, Enid Firth, Bill Cullen)

The Liberal Democrats lost ground but remained the controlling party on Saddleworth Parish Council, in results announced at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham earlier.

They went from holding 17 of the 20 parish seats to 12. The Conservatives increased their representation from two to four, while Independent Ken Hulme was re-elected and saw three of […]

Tributes Paid To Retiring Councillors

The last monthly meeting of Saddleworth Parish Council before next month’s election took place at Uppermill Civic Hall last night, and tributes were paid to the seven councillors who are not standing again.

Chief among those is Bob Birse, who has been a member of the council since it was established in 1974. He’d previously served for two years on the old Urban District Council, giving him 39 years of unbroken service.

Cllr Birse, a Liberal Democrat who represents Uppermill, […]

Warning Of Prosecutions Over Diggle School Parking

Diggle School

Parents who park illegally when picking up or dropping off their children at Diggle School have been warned they could face prosecution in future.

Councillors and police held discussions about the matter at the school earlier this month.

Reporting back to last week’s meeting of the Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership at the village’s Band Club, Cllr Royce Franklin said: “We feel the tolerance which has been shown should take on a new phase, so there could […]

McCartney Asks PM About Colne Valley Housing

Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney rose to speak during Prime Minister’s Questions today. He asked David Cameron about housing policy, with specific regard to the Colne and Holme Valleys.

Mr McCartney, who represents Holmfirth, Meltham, Marsden and Slaithwaite among other areas, also criticised the approach of Kirklees Council towards building new homes.

He said: “Labour-led Kirklees Council are still obsessed with top-down housing targets, leaving my constituents worried that the beautiful green fields of the Colne and Holme Valleys […]

Lib Dems Cleared Over Mosque Row

Cllr Howard Sykes

Seven senior Liberal Democrat politicians, including Oldham Council leader Howard Sykes, have been cleared over the alleged fast-tracking of planning approval for a new mosque in Glodwick. An investigation by the Standards Board for England found the six current and one former councillors had done nothing wrong.

The inquiry followed a complaint by local Labour MPs Phil Woolas and Michael Meacher. They queried whether the planning application had been rushed through by Lib Dems on Oldham […]

Local Councils Hold Annual Meetings

Oldham, Tameside and Kirklees councils have all held their annual meetings this week. The new Liberal Democrat/Conservative coalition was confirmed in Oldham, while Tameside got a new Labour council leader, and the leader of Kirklees Council said he would put himself up for re-election next year even though he doesn’t have to.

In Oldham, Cllr Howard Sykes remains as the leader of the council, but now with support from the Tories after the Lib Dems lost seats in the elections […]

Lydgate House Restoration Approved

A listed building in Lydgate which partly collapsed 12 years ago is going to be restored. Pensioner Sally Jackson was killed as she slept when the roof of Lydgate House on Stockport Road fell in, and the building has remained derelict ever since.

Oldham Council’s planning committee this week approved plans to turn both the main house and the associated old smithy into two properties, along with three garages. As part of the development some outbuildings at the rear of […]

Permission Denied For Grasscroft Apartments

Planning permission for a controversial housing development in Grasscroft has been denied by Oldham Council. Saddleworth Parish Council and the Greenfield and Grasscroft Residents’ Association (GGRA) had opposed the plans for a block of seven apartments and two detached houses at 104 Oldham Road.

The land in question belongs to the owners of the former Summershades Caravan Park, the Summershades Trust. The sole building currently on the site would have been demolished, and replaced by a three-storey block facing on […]

Lumb Mill Plans Approved Despite Opposition

Part of the area to be developed, viewed from Rumbles Lane

Oldham Council has approved two separate plans to build homes on the site of the former Lumb Mill in Delph. The proposals were passed at last night’s meeting of the planning committee, even though Saddleworth Parish Council had recommended both developments should be blocked.

The first proposal has been put forward by Quantum Star Ltd, and is for 14 flats across two blocks, […]