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

Saddleworth School Poll – Looking at the Results

Saddleworth School 1979

 

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In Feb 2015 and then again in Aug 2017 Saddleworth News polled its readers asking where they would prefer the new Saddleworth School to be built. Saddleworth School is the local mixed-sex secondary school educating children of 11 to 16 years of age. It is presently located in Uppermill, Saddleworth.

The poll was conducted purely out of interest. The school awaits being built.

Saddleworth School Poll 2015

 

 

 

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Donations flood in for truly amazing teacher

Mr Atack – sadly passed away a few days ago

Story sponsored by Olympic Construction Ltd: www.olympic-construction.co.uk

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

If you went to Saddleworth School then you are likely to remember the character that was Mr Atack!

A truly inspirational man and superb teacher who touched so many lives in so many ways, wether that was his amazing fun science lessons or his booming voice or maybe even sitting outside his office when he had caught you […]

Saddleworth schoolboy is cycling to fund cancer treatment

Tom, carb loading before a ride

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A 14-year-old Saddleworth schoolboy has joined his father’s cycling club in a bid to raise money for a close family friend who needs cancer treatment that is unavailable on the NHS.

Tom Doyle, from Greenfield, who attends Saddleworth School, has started cycling with father Chris as part of his Duke of Edinburgh bronze award which requires him to do some physical activity with a club.

Tom has been cycling for […]

Meeting date set to reconsider Saddleworth School planning applications

Oldham Council’s Planning Committee will meet to reconsider all four applications relating to the proposed new Saddleworth School this month.

An ‘extraordinary’ meeting will consider only these matters in the Council Chambers on Wednesday, April 13 at 6pm.

The cross-party members will consider the applications to:

A) Build the new Saddleworth School on the WH Shaw Pallets site in Diggle;

B) Demolish existing buildings on the WH Shaw site, excluding the listed building; C) Demolish the link bridge attached to […]

Oldham Council to reconsider Saddleworth School planning applications

Oldham Council is to reconsider the planning applications relating to the proposed new Saddleworth School in Diggle.

A special meeting of the local authority’s cross-party Planning Committee had met on February 25 to consider four applications to:

Build the new Saddleworth School on the WH Shaw Pallets site in Diggle; Demolish existing buildings on the WH Shaw site, excluding the listed building; Demolish the link bridge attached to the Grade II listed building on the WH Shaw site; Provide a […]

Special meeting to consider Saddleworth School planning applications

Oldham Council’s Planning Committee is set to consider all four applications relating to the proposed new Saddleworth School at a special meeting next month.

This so-called ‘extraordinary’ meeting will consider only these matters and will take place in the Council Chambers on Thursday, February 25 at 6pm.

Three separate and one revised planning applications were all submitted in week commencing December 21 – triggering a statutory 21-day public consultation that ended on January 13.

However, because of the confirmed Committee […]

Drop-in event for proposed highways scheme at new Saddleworth School

Oldham Council is holding a drop-in event where people can view the proposed highways scheme for the new Saddleworth School.

The event will take place at Kiln Green Church, Diggle, on Thursday, December 10.

Residents can call in at any time between 3pm and 7.30pm and officers will be on hand to explain the scheme and answer any questions.

The public will then get the opportunity to make any comments during the statutory 21-day planning consultation period.

That will start […]

Saddleworth School planning process – next steps

Oldham Council has issued an update on the next steps in the planning process for the proposed new Saddleworth School.

A structured approach is being taken in order to ensure that the four planning applications related to this one project are considered as one scheme.

The project is made up of four separate applications which are to:

A) Build the new school on the WH Shaw Pallets site in Diggle; B) Demolish existing buildings on the WH Shaw site; C) […]

Debbie Abrahams MP tells Dobcross residents: ‘We are listening to you’

Debbie Abrahams MP speaking to the residents

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams MP has reassured Dobcross residents that they will be listened to at a special meeting in the village earlier this week.

The meeting was held at Dobcross Band and Social Club on Tuesday night by Dobcross Village Community (DVC) Executive Committee, to discuss road safety issues in the village after the recent approval to build the new Saddleworth School in Diggle. Although the meeting wasn’t held for […]

Saddleworth Independent Councillors send objections over new Saddleworth School traffic proposals to Oldham Council

Saddleworth Independent Councillors have written to Oldham Council to express their objections to the traffic proposal put forward by the Council for the new Saddleworth School.

Concerns that villages like Dobcross will be used by motorists as a short cut

The letter was sent to Michelle Carr, Assistant Director of Oldham Council and is copied below:

Dear Michelle

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the traffic arrangements for the proposed new Saddleworth Secondary School in Diggle. As […]

First images of new Saddleworth School released

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Construction company Interserve, the main contractor for building the new Saddleworth School, has now published images showing the design and layout of the school and grounds on their website.

The development site for the proposed new Saddleworth School is located in Diggle, and comprises the former Dobcross Loom Works/WH Shaw Pallet’s Site, off Huddersfield Road which are now vacant. The remaining part of the site comprises green field grazing land.

The new school building and other areas […]

Diggle site formally approved as the new home for Saddleworth School

New school site – existing buildings on the Diggle Site

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council cabinet members have formally approved the WH Shaw Pallet Works site in Diggle as the new home for Saddleworth School.

The decision was taken at their meeting last night and following assessment of various cost and educational factors it was decided that the former pallet works site was the best option.

The Council said it will be providing around £2 million to fund various […]

Save Diggle Action Group welcome Oldham Council’s decision over new school

New School – campaigners met with Mike Green, EFA Director, last year

Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG) has welcomed a decision by Oldham Council to seek the views of local people over the siting of the new Saddleworth School.

A spokesperson told Saddleworth News: “We are delighted that Oldham Council are finally seeking the views of the people of Saddleworth on the choice of school site. The fact that they have also stated categorically that they will make the […]

Oldham Council is inviting final submissions from the public ahead of the selection of the site for the new Saddleworth School

Last month the Education Funding Agency (EFA) published a Feasibility Study which reviewed four potential sites.

This identified the preferred option to locate a new school building and facilities on the rear of the former WH Shaw Pallets Works site in Diggle.

On Monday, March 30 a paper will go before Cabinet seeking a final decision and approval on the site.

The local authority is now making a final call for submissions before consultation with the public and stakeholders ends […]