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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. […]

Saddleworth Residents Missing Out On Charity Help

Cllr Brian Lord

Needy people in Saddleworth aren’t taking advantage of charity help which is available to them.

That was the warning from a senior local parish councillor during last Monday’s special meeting to decide the make-up of Saddleworth Parish Council’s various sub-committees.

Cllr Brian Lord was re-appointed as the parish representative to the Rochdale United Charities, and told the meeting that, in the decade since he first encountered the body, he wasn’t aware of anyone from Saddleworth who […]

Insight Into The Cuts At Oldham Council

Cllr Brian Lord

A member of the Oldham Council Cabinet which oversaw cuts of £41m in the borough’s budget for 2011/12 has given a detailed insight into how the process worked.

Cllr Brian Lord served in the Liberal Democrat/Conservative administration until last month’s elections, in which Labour took power in Oldham, and Cllr Lord lost his Saddleworth West and Lees seat. However, he retained his place on Saddleworth Parish Council.

In a pre-election interview with Saddleworth News, Cllr Lord […]

Saddleworth Councillor Becomes Mayor Of Oldham

Cllr Richard Knowles and his wife Valerie, in the official mayoral portrait. (picture: Oldham Council)

Cllr Richard Knowles is the new Mayor of Oldham. The former Liberal Democrat leader of the council, who lives in Greenfield and represents Saddleworth South, will serve in the role for the next 12 months.

He took over from Cllr David Jones at yesterday’s annual council meeting at the Civic Centre. Cllr Knowles has spent the past year as Deputy Mayor.

Cllr Knowles revealed […]

Newhey To Denshaw Road Closed At Newhey

The A640 Huddersfield Road is to remain closed at Newhey for up to three weeks. Rochdale Council has confirmed the closure following last Wednesday’s accident involving a piledriver.

The machine was taking part in work to repair a retaining wall, when the road beneath it partly gave way. The wall also collapsed in the incident, which led to an emergency closure of the road between Newhey and Denshaw for several hours.

Now, so the road and wall can be repaired, […]

Government Approval For Streetlights Scheme

More than 20,000 streetlights are going to replaced on roads around the borough of Oldham in the next five years. That’s after the government approved a joint bid from Oldham and Rochdale councils for a multi-million pound improvement scheme.

The initiative, which will cost £67 million, is going to be funded through the Private Finance Initiative. PFI is a method by which private money is used to pay for investment in the public sector.

Under the plan, more than 40,000 […]

Council Tax Rise Of 1.9% For Saddleworth

Council tax bills in Saddleworth will go up by 1.9% from April, after Oldham Council formally approved its new budget last night. The increase was confirmed along with a series of cuts and other savings, so the council can fill an £11m gap in its plans for the 2010/11 financial year.

The decision means the annual bill for an average Band D property will be just over £1542. The 1.9% rise for Oldham is likely to be the second-lowest […]