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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
George Wilson - Reporter and IT
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Pickhill Lane to close on three separate occasions next week

Road closure map

Pickhill Lane in Uppermill will be closed at its junction of Church Road on three separate occasions next week.

Since September 2013 there have been several utility diversions along Church Road.

This is in preparation for United Utilities carrying out a sewer improvement project that is due to start in the summer 2014.

The work next week will be carried out by Excalon on behalf of Electricity North West.

This days for the road closure are […]

Concern over condition of stone walls

Toppled - the section of fallen wall on Shutt Lane in Dobcross

A section of stone wall has fallen into the road on Shutt Lane, Dobcross, posing a hazard for traffic and pedestrians.

It appears that the issue is connected to subsidence on the old Delph donkey railway line - which the wall was supporting.

A large section of the wall further down the road is also in poor condition, leaning heavily and threatening to topple over.

Another length […]

Gully unblocked as part of ongoing maintenance

Cleared - the gully on Station Road, Uppermill

Oldham Council workers have been busy clearing a gully on Station Road in Uppermill to prevent road flooding that has been seen in recent years.

A council spokesperson told Saddleworth News: “As you know we’ve had quite a lot of rain over the last few months, which meant a build up of silt etc which blocked this gully. We monitor all gullies across the Borough on a rotating basis and this […]

Residents advised to be prepared for cold winter weather

Residents warned - cold weather on the way

Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising local residents to make sure they are prepared for the cold winter weather set to arrive in the UK this week, and to look out for vulnerable groups such as the very young and elderly once temperatures plummet.

Tips to maintain good health in cold weather:

• Keep your home warm. If possible your main living room should be between around 18-21C (64-70F) and […]

Council announces proposals for new Oldham Sports Centre

Artist’s impressions of the new leisure facility at Oldham.

Oldham Council has unveiled exciting plans for a new £15million flagship leisure facility for Oldham town centre.

Stunning artist’s impressions released today will give residents a first glimpse of how the state-of-the-art Oldham Sports Centre could look when it replaces the existing facility in 2015*.

Proposals that will be the basis for a forthcoming planning application for the development at the junction of Manchester Street and St Domingo Street, have […]

Head Teacher says he is committed to making the new Saddleworth school a ‘fantastic hub’ for the community

Saddleworth School Head Teacher, Matthew Milburn, has told Saddleworth News during a video interview, that he believes the Diggle site is the “very best option available” and he is committed to working with the people of Diggle to make the school a “fantastic hub” for the community.

Interview by Gregory Deane, Camera - Danielle Bradshaw and Matthew Jaggar, sound - Stuart Littleford, Editor - Matthew Jaggar.

Mike Buckley responds to Brian Lord’s Comments in Saddleworth News

Mike Buckley

I am grateful to Brian for listing the reasons why the new school can’t be built on the existing site in Uppermill. Some of these have been alluded to before at various meetings and in press reports but this is the first time they have been clearly stated. The general nature of many of the comments and the lack of any technical support information or costings, I feel, indicates the lack of rigour with which the SDAG […]

Debbie Abrahams MP writes to Diggle residents about Saddleworth School

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has written to update over 500 residents in Diggle on the responses to her postal and doorstep survey regarding Saddleworth School.

After having sight of the ‘technical assessments’ from the Council, and given the restrictions of the allowed budget and the Government’s timetable, she says she believes Diggle is the ‘least worst option’ for locating a new school.

Debbie says: “In regards to the building of a much […]

First Bus listens to customers and makes changes to its services in Saddleworth

Following public consultation held in the Saddleworth area, First is making a number of changes to its services to come into effect on Sunday 26 January.

Public drop in sessions were held with the communities of Saddleworth and Lees in October and November and working in partnership with Saddleworth Parish Council and Transport for Greater Manchester, changes to Services 180 and 184 will now take place.

First has taken on board feedback received and is now making improvements to […]

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 […]

Quartet: In a home for retired opera singers ‘the élite’ gather to pass the time

Saddleworth Players are currently taking bookings for the third production in their 2013/2014 season.

Quartet, by Ronald Harwood opens on Saturday 25 January through to Saturday 1 February at The Millgate Arts Centre in Delph starting at 7:30pm each night. Tickets are priced at £8 for Adults and £5 for students.

In this home for retired opera singers, ‘the élite’ gather to pass the time. Consternation ensues when they hear about the latest arrival … the tactless, overbearing Jean, constantly […]

Lib Dem statement regarding Saddleworth School

Saddleworth School

Saddleworth News has been sent the following statement from the Lib Dem group:

Oldham Council have said that a new school in Saddleworth would have to be in Diggle. Additional proposals for use of the existing site, along with the previous proposals of around 15 other alternative have all been rejected.

The Liberal Democrats believe we owe it to the people of Saddleworth and particularly the children to provide decent educational facilities. Currently Saddleworth School has the […]

Don’t lose your right to vote

Oldham Council is reminding residents to ensure they are registered to vote in the forthcoming Local and European Elections in May.

Electoral registration forms have been delivered to households in the borough and residents are urged to complete and return the form as soon as possible.

The elections are an opportunity for people to select their councillors and exercise their democratic right.

If you are not on the register you will not be eligible to vote.

If you think you […]

Saddleworth School: Council set to buy Diggle site

Saddleworth School

Oldham Council is in final negotiations to acquire the site for a new fit-for-purpose Saddleworth School.

The local authority is now close to finalising a deal to buy 13.28-acres of land at the former WH Shaw Pallet Works in Diggle.

This plot, off Huddersfield Road, is the one shown at public meetings last year as the preferred option for a new school site to be delivered under the Government’s Priority School Building Programme.

To select the site […]