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Past Articles

School campaigners brand Oldham Council’s announcement to provide extra funds to help site the new Saddleworth School at Diggle as a panic move

Cllr Mike Buckley

Saddleworth School campaigners have branded the recent Oldham Council announcement that extra funds will be made available to help site the new Saddleworth School in Diggle as a cynical attempt to pre-empt a decision by the Government’s Funding Agency (EFA) to build the school at Uppermill.

The Council have stated that they will pay extra, over and above the money they receive from a land-swap deal negotiated with a local developer, to fund the Diggle development. […]

EFA decide to reconsider Uppermill site for new school

Saddleworth School

Following intense lobbying by the Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG), and growing protests across Saddleworth, the Educational Funding Agency (EFA) have decided to reconsider Uppermill as the site of the new Saddleworth School.

Following a meeting with representatives of the EFA, headteacher, Matthew Milburn announced to the school’s technical committee yesterday that a detailed feasibility study was now underway by the EFA into the best place to build the new school and this study includes the Uppermill […]

Save Diggle Action Group interview on Saddleworth School

Saddleworth News interviewed two members of the Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG) last week, who put their views across on the proposed move of Saddleworth School to Diggle.

Mike Buckley and Keith Lucas took part in the interview.

Interview by Gregory Deane, Camera – Danielle Bradshaw and Matthew Jaggar (editor).

Councillor Brian Lord answers some objections of the Save Diggle Action Group over Saddleworth School

Cllr Brian Lord

Councillor Brian Lord, member of the Chair of Governors at Saddleworth School, has given Saddleworth News his views on the current situation regarding the proposed new school, and the objections by SDAG to it being built in Diggle.

Cllr Lord said: “Firstly let me say that I have never had a problem as to where the school was to be built. All I want is a decent facility, where our children can work, which is not […]

SDAG responds to Liberal Democrat Group on school

The Save Diggle Action Group has responded to a press release sent out last week by the Liberal Democrat Group of Oldham Council.

In a letter to Saddleworth News, SDAG have outlined their views on the statements made in that press release.

LDG say

The Shaws Pallet Works Site is designated as a Primary Employment Zone.

SDAG say

Only the existing Pallet Works Buildings are designated PEZ (actually the term is now Saddleworth Employment Zone). The rest of […]

One of the country’s leading planning lawyers pledges his support for SDAG over Saddleworth School

Saddleworth School

The Save Diggle Action Group say that one of the country’s leading planning lawyers, Robert McCracken QC of Francis Taylor Buildings, London, has pledged his support for their campaign.

He has offered to provide the group with pro bono legal advice on issues surrounding the case. His support for the Group comes amid a ground-swell of opposition from residents across Saddleworth to the proposals for a new school hatched by Oldham Council.

These will see Saddleworth School […]

Action group claim EFA surprised over Saddleworth School

Saddleworth School

Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG) claim that the Education Funding Agency (EFA) are surprised that they are being made out to be the key decision makers behind the unpopular move of Saddleworth School to the Diggle green belt site.

They say the EFA have indicated this is entirely a decision for Oldham Council and the School Governors not them.

SDAG say they have been told by the EFA that:-

1. Many of the new schools built under […]