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

Road users should be ‘extra vigilant’ after vandals leave drain covers open

One of the grids left open on Wool Road in Dobcross

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Road users in Saddleworth should be extra vigilant after vandals have tampered with roadside drain covers in Dobcross.

On Tuesday night a number of drains along a half mile stretch of Wool Road had their covers prised open presenting a serious hazard to road users, especially cyclists.

The drain covers, which are extremely heavy, would have taken a considerable amount of time and effort to […]

Debbie Abrahams calls on government to make sex education a priority for school children after local media exposes classroom exploitation

Debbie Abrahams MP - “The Government really should make this issue a priority and stop stalling”

Debbie Abrahams has called for the government to make age related sex education for school children compulsory after a Saddleworth and Oldham based publication has highlighted cases of children around the country being exploited whilst secretly using live streaming apps during lessons.

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Minister for Disabled People, said: “This is a shocking revelation […]

Improvement works complete at Grains Bar - but continue to drive safely

Signage at Grains Bar

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council has carried out improvements on a junction at Grains Bar.

The work, which cost £20,000, has seen a traffic island and high visibility bollards put in place.

Bend warning signs and enhanced hazard markings and red surfacing have also been installed.

Over the last few years a number of crashes have occurred in the area around Ripponden Road.

Road safety engineers have determined that these incidents were caused by drivers […]

Plans for Prince’s Gate at Oldham Mumps are on track

Westshield – Councillor Jean Stretton (Oldham Council Leader) with Gerard Waldron (Westshield Director) and Brian Ashton (Westshield Contracts Manager) at what will become the new Park and Ride site at Prince’s Gate at Oldham Mumps.

Work on the first stage of the Prince’s Gate at Oldham Mumps development – a replacement Park and Ride facility – is set to begin in April.

This ‘gamechanger’ regeneration scheme aims to transform the town centre’s eastern gateway with new shops, quality homes […]

Debbie comments on IDS resignation

Debbie Abrahams MP: “The Government is in melt down.”

On hearing the news of his resignation Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Minister for Disabled People - who has had countless clashes with Mr Duncan Smith, both in the Work and Pensions Select Committee and across the Dispatch Box said: “This is a shambles. David Cameron has blamed Iain Duncan Smith and Iain Duncan Smith has said he doesn’t support his own policies!

“The […]

Debbie pushes for ban on child sex offenders serving as councillors

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, is pushing the Government to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that people who have been convicted of a child sex offence cannot serve on a local authority or parish council.

In light of the conviction of Saddleworth Parish Councillor, Mike Buckley, for downloading indecent images of boys, Debbie has submitted two written questions in Parliament to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The issue hinges on […]

Police and fire come together under one roof in Mossley

Front, L to R – Inspector Kris Jura, Tony Lloyd, Peter O’Reilly. Back row – Cllr Kieran Quinn, Jonathan Reynolds MP, Cllr David Acton and Mossley councillors.

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Communities are set to benefit from stronger neighbourhood policing as Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue come together under one roof.

Neighbourhood officers are now co-located with fire officers at Mossley Fire Station, providing a more visible service to the community.

The move builds on successful […]

Watch Full Council meeting live

Oldham Council is again asking residents to join in next week’s Full Council meeting.

The Full Council meeting on Wednesday, March 23 will be streamed live on their website at from 6pm.

Their live internet streaming allows residents to watch the entire meeting live from laptops, tablets and other digital devices – making decision-making more open and transparent.

The meeting will also be broadcast live on Oldham Community Radio (99.7fm).

As part of the arrangements Full Council starts with […]

SDAG statement on Saddleworth School planning application

Existing buildings on the new Saddleworth School site in Diggle

Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG) has responded to the news that Oldham Council is to reconsider the planning applications relating to the proposed new Saddleworth School in Diggle.

“In a statement sent to Saddleworth news, Keith Lucas, of the SDAG commitee said: “Oldham Council have now had to face the consequences of attempting to drive through a fatally flawed planning application for the new secondary school.

“Cllr Hibbert’s press […]

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 […]

Lyceum Theatre Oldham continues this season’s success with Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall’s proper Northern comedy, BILLY LIAR

Billy Liar - set in a town that could easily be Oldham

Lyceum Theatre Oldham have taken on the challenge of this iconic Northern comedy in order to explore the talents of three generations of actors in the community. The challenge also lies in a complex, realistic single set which, in addition to the main playing area of the living room, incorporates stairs and outside space, all integral to the plot.

Set in a made-up Northern town that could […]

Film night at Friezland Church Hall with free popcorn and ice cream for children

There will be a ‘Family Film Night’ at Friezland Church Hall, Oaklands Road, Greenfield on Friday 11 March at 7:15pm.

They will be showing the BAFTA award winning animated film Inside Out.

All are welcome to attend and admission is £5.00 for adults and £3 for children (Children get free popcorn and ice cream).

Saddleworth Rotary Club Dragons Den Event to be held annually

Jon Stocker on behalf of Saddleworth Rotary Club presenting a cheque to Sarah Beswick from Oldham Hulme Grammar School

The success of last years Dragons Den Event, where Saddleworth Rotary Club granted £1500 to 6 local charities, has inspired the club to make this an annual event.

If you are a charity or local community organization based in the Oldham or Saddleworth area and are looking for funding then why not contact Saddleworth Rotary Club. They are organizing this […]