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

Special Planning Meeting for Greenfield School and Land at Knowls Lane

Saddleworth Parish Council Special Planning Meeting

The agenda for 6th November Planning Committee includes the following 2 applications:

Application Number: PA/340875/17 Application Type: Full Planning Permission Applicant: Oldham Council Location: Greenfield CP School, Shaw Street, Greenfield, OL3 7AA Proposal: 1) Proposed New two form entry primary school on existing school playing field. 2) Demolition of existing primary school, replaced with new playing field and changing block.

Application Number: PA/340887/17 Application Type: Full Planning Permission Applicant: Russell Homes UK Ltd […]

The Saddleworth News Photography Awards 2017 looking to frame a Saddleworth Summer

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Photographers of all ages and abilities are invited to enter their photographs of Saddleworth into the Saddleworth News Photography Awards 2017 which start today.

The awards are a Saddleworth News Community Project in partnership with the Saddleworth Photography Group, which has been operational for over two years and has over 220 members.

The group set weekly practical challenges to help photographers learn from their own practice and from that of others. The group also provides a sounding […]

Follow the Thread exhibition celebrates Oldham’s industrial past

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A fascinating exhibition has launched at Gallery Oldham celebrating Oldham’s proud industrial past.

In 1865 Godai Tomoatsu, a student from the western Japanese island of Kyushu and agent of the Prince of Satsuma, secretly came to Oldham. At the time Oldham was the world’s greatest cotton mill town.

Godai visited the famous Platt Brothers’ Works in Werneth and placed an order for textile machinery and spindles. He also arranged for engineers to visit Japan to set up […]

Minister’s response over disgraced Saddleworth councillor is ‘shoddy, lacklustre and inadequate’

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has blasted a government minister for the length of time taken to respond to two letters and an email asking for updates on what action has been taken to identify ways to oust disgraced Saddleworth parish councillor, Mike Buckley, from his seat.

Debbie said: “At the meeting I convened between the parish councillors and Local Government Minister, Marcus Jones, in May last year, the minister stated his intention […]

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:


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 […]

Defibrillator training and lifesaving skills event in Delph

Garth Harkness (left) and Mayor of Oldham, Derek Heffernan

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A couple of years ago Liberal Democrats Garth Harkness, Derek Heffernan and Alan Roughley launched a campaign to get a defibrillator in every village.

Following on from this there will now be a defibrillator and lifesaving training course taking place on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at 6.30pm at Delph Methodist Church with all members of the public welcome.

Councillor Garth Harkness told Saddleworth News: “A few years […]

Network Rail says ‘no decision yet’ over Moorgate Halt crossing

Moorgate crossing in Uppermill

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Network Rail says it has “made no decision yet” over possible plans to close a Saddleworth railway crossing.

Saddleworth Parish Council has recently written to Network Rail telling them they are completely opposed to any plans which would see the closure of Moorgate Halt railway crossing in Uppermill.

The Parish Council says it has “no issue” with the upgrade of the railway line itself but would prefer to see a footbridge installed […]

TV presenter says he hopes ‘funding can be found’ for Uppermill Civic Hall clock restoration work

John Stapleton – keen to see clock restored

EXCLUSIVE – Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Popular TV presenter and journalist, John Stapleton, has told Saddleworth News he hopes “funding can be found” to restore a clock on one of Saddleworth’s most iconic buildings.

The clock, on the front of the Civic Hall in Uppermill, was recently repaired but the clock face itself and the surrounding structure couldn’t be refurbished due to a lack of budget.

The paint on the hands […]

Saddleworth Parish Council has submitted an application for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area

Oldham Council is inviting residents to have their say and help shape how Saddleworth could look in the future.

Saddleworth Parish Council has submitted an application – the first of its kind in the borough – for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area within its boundaries so that they can begin preparing a neighbourhood plan for the area.

A neighbourhood plan helps parish councils develop a shared vision and complementary planning policies to the council’s Local Plan.

Communities have […]

A wave of destruction across Saddleworth and beyond

Emergency services and other organisations including the military at Dovestone Reservoir

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Imagine if you can a huge powerful jet of water spraying out skywards at high pressure from a large crack in the retaining wall of Dovestone Reservoir in Greenfield, the damage has been caused by prolonged heavy rain and flooding in the area.

The situation is getting worse all the time as the crack is getting larger by the minute, the surrounding concrete is beginning […]

Royal British Legion to hold candlelit vigil to commemorate Battle of the Somme

The Saddleworth branch of the Royal British Legion are holding a candlelit vigil on Thursday, June 30 at 9:30 pm at the cenotaph at St Chad’s park, Uppermill, to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.

Cllr Pam Byrne, chair of Saddleworth parish council, will lay a wreath and the service with be conducted ex-RAF squadron leader and RBL padre, Rev John Rosedale, Saddleworth Team Rector.

Dobcross Brass Monkeys band will play at the ceremony.


Saddleworth Parish Council severs links to convicted councillor Mike Buckley

Cllr Mike Buckley

In view of Councillor Mike Buckley’s recent conviction and sentence for downloading indecent images of children. At last night’s ordinary meeting of Saddleworth Parish Council, held at the Civic Hall, Lee Street, Uppermill. In front of both press and public, members overwhelmingly voted to remove him from all sub-committees and other bodies on which the Parish Council has delegated representatives.

Following two motions tabled by Councillor Paul Fryer he was removed from the Planning, Estates, Finance, […]

Saddleworth Parish Councillor says he is now ‘considering his position’ but will not resign from parish council

Cllr Michael Buckley

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Saddleworth Parish councillor Mike Buckley has told Saddleworth News this morning that he is now “considering his position” on the parish council but will not be resigning.

Cllr Buckley said the campaign to try and make him resign is “politically motivated” and stems from his involvement with the Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG).

Speaking exclusively to Saddleworth News editor Stuart Littleford, Cllr Buckley said: “I took on the whole political establishment at Oldham […]