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184 Bus Service to Diggle to be Curtailed



From Monday 25th July First will be making some changes to service 184 in the Saddleworth area.

There will be no significant changes to the journeys that operate between Manchester & Huddesfield via Uppermill and Diggle or to the journeys that terminate at Uppermill. Unfortunately however due to low passenger demand most of the journeys that currently terminate at Diggle and operate via Dobcross will be curtailed at Grotton.

Diggle will continue to be linked with Manchester, Oldham and Uppermill every hour by the journeys on service 184 that operate to/from Huddersfield Dobcross will be continue to be served by services 353/4 providing links to Uppermill. There will be no significant change to service 180 that will continue operate every 30 minutes. First would like to apologise if this changes causes any inconvenience.

Diggle Greets the Flying Scotsman

On Tuesday the 7th June hundreds of people gathered trackside in Saddleworth to see the world famous Flying Scotsman pass through the area on its way to a show in Crewe. Those keen to see the steam train again can catch it, this week, on its return to York on Tuesday 13th at 3pm.

Flying Scotsman exits the Standedge Tunnel (Photo:©Stuart Coleman)

Flying Scotsman exits the Standedge Tunnel (Photo:©Stuart Coleman)


The Turnpike Cycling Challenge


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Saddleworth Rotary and Clarion Cycle Club are once again running the Father’s Day Turnpike challenge, a 25 mile bike ride into the dramatic scenery of the Pennine moors. The ride is fully supported with roaming Clarion riders and a van. There is a half way refreshments point and at the end of the ride there is Joe Castles famous meat and potato or cheese and onion pie washed down with lashings of tea. What a way to start Fathers day!

Ride Details
· Start and finish at Diggle Band Club, Saddleworth, OL3 5PJ
· 25 mile ride on A and B roads, which includes two moderate climbs onto the Pennine Moors
· Half way refreshments/aid point
· Roaming van and for mechanicals and returns to base
· Start time is between 8:30 and 9:30 AM on the 19th of June
· End of ride hot food, tea and cakes


· Road or Hybrid bike in full working order
· Riders must wear helmets to validate insurance cover

· On line application £12:50
· On the day £15:00

On-Line Application

For further information follow this link www.turnpikechallenge.co.uk

2016 Diggle Blues Festival

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Diggle Blues Festival is designed so that you can watch the first band or artist at the first venue, have half an hour to walk to the next venue, buy a drink, find a seat, watch the next band, and so on…

It’s a musical tour of Diggle.

You don’t have to choose between one band and another. You can watch all ten or eleven acts over the weekend – and all for FREE – although a voluntary donation of, say, £1 per head, per band wouldn’t be turned down. Purchasing a programme or a tee shirt would also help the funding of this non profit making event and keep it free in future years.

The festival is an indoor event so you don’t have to worry about the weather. Some acts may be moved outdoors in the unlikely event that we get good weather…

Just turn up and enjoy some really good “jeans-in-the-fridge”, live blues music.

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Saddleworth Players present: She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith

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Garth Harkness Wins Saddleworth North

Results for Saddleworth North

Cllr Garth Harkness (Photo:©Stuart Coleman)

Cllr Garth Harkness (Photo:©Stuart Coleman)

Curley Sean Raymond (Conservative) 479

Harkness Garth (Lib Dem) 995

Hunter-Rossall Catherine (Green) 81

Knotts Rob (Independent) 444

Leach Valerie (Labour) 552

Moore Harry (UKIP) 424

Don’t Miss The God Debate

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SDAG mount legal challenge against Saddleworth School planning applications

GoogleEarth_ImageSave Diggle Action Group (SDAG) announced today that they are seeking a Judicial Review to stop the building of a new Saddleworth School in Diggle.

The group have, since failing to stop four planning applications from being passed by Oldham Council on 13th April 2016, been focused on raising funds to mount a legal challenge against the applications.

Cllr Keith Lucas, spokesperson for the group, has over the last fourteen days, with donations from people opposed to the building of the school in Diggle, raised over £30,000. “This show of support, he says, by residents in Saddleworth confims to us that our challenge is justified.

He added, “On 13 April Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council decided, once again, to ignore the views of the Saddleworth community.  More than that, it chose to ignore its responsibilities as a planning authority and passed a scheme to build a new secondary school, in a wholly inappropriate location and without being able to demonstrate that it has secured safe or adequate highways infrastructure to support the project. In passing the application for the school in Diggle the Council failed to recognise its duty to prevent harm to a listed building, the greenbelt and rare wildlife protected by law.

“SDAG is now seeking Judicial Review in order to prevent what would be a catastrophic outcome for Saddleworth.  We have always said we need a new school for Saddleworth; many of our supporters are the parents of children who are, or will be, attending this school.  We are as angry and frustrated as everyone else that, because of the Council’s intransigence, we are still waiting for a new school, an alternative site exists, on which a new school could have been built by now: in Uppermill on the playing fields to the rear of the current school site.  The Education Funding Agency said in 2014, that this was a viable site, it was OMBC who rejected it in favour of a land-swop worth £2.5 million.

“If the school is built in Diggle traffic congestion, dangerous tail-backs on to Standedge Road and a situation where children have to cross in front of traffic entering and leaving a busy drop-off and car-park will be the result. Narrow lanes out of Diggle and the centre of Dobcross will become ‘rat-runs’ for traffic seeking ways around the bottle-neck the Council have designed at the entrance to the village.  Neither OMBC nor the contractors tasked with delivering the highways scheme for the new school have any clear idea of how these proposals could be made to work.  We have to prevent this chaotic situation from blighting our villages.

“SDAG has therefore been forced to take legal action to prevent these damaging, destructive and dangerous proposals.  We are a group of ordinary people and to take this step we have had to ask for financial support from the community.  We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community but, even more, by their commitment to fight on and support our legal battle.  If a Judge rules in our favour, OMBC will be forced to refuse the application to build in Diggle and apply to build the school where it should always have been, in Uppermill.”

Network-wide suspension of Metrolink services

Metrolink MediaCity tramAll Metrolink tram services have been suspended while work continues to identify a communications fault.

The fault, which occurred at about 11.30am, means that the network control room staff are not able to monitor tram movements or access information displays.

The operator and contractors are currently working to identify the fault and no trams will run until further notice.

The Metrolink operator is also working with other operators to identify onward journey opportunities for passengers.

Anyone planning on using Metrolink is advised to use an alternative mode of transport, with arrangements being made for valid tickets and passes to be used on commercial bus services. Line by line information can be found on the Metrolink website – www.metrolink.co.uk.

Customers are advised to monitor the Metrolink and TfGM Twitter accounts or call customer relations staff on 0161 205 2000.

Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing, said: “All hands are to the pump and we are working a quickly as possible to identify and fix this fault.

“At the moment we are not clear on the cause and trams will not be operating until further notice.

“I’d like to apologise to all customers affected and want to reassure them that getting services up and running is our total priority alongside helping to get those currently onboard to their destination.”

Parish Chairman Tackles Burglary

Photo: Burglary by Nixelz

Photo: Burglary by Nixelz

On Sunday 1st May, 10am – 4:00pm Saddleworth Parish Council and Greater Manchester Police Oldham Division are hosting a Security Exhibition at the Civic Hall, Lee Street, Uppermill, Saddleworth.

The event is open to everyone and free to enter.

Exhibitors include: Screwfix, Falcon Locks, COP, Chip & Trace, Park Electrical Supplies, Home Protection UK, P&R Fire and Security and Protec Security Group.

Organisers say all the exhibitors provide a wide range of security products for business, commercial and residential premises so there will be plenty of expert advice to cater for all requirements and budgets.

GMP will also be on hand to offer advice and to promote their Homewatch, Businesswatch and Pubwatch schemes.

The exhibition is the brainchild of Parish Council Chairman, Cllr. Neil Allsopp. Cllr. Allsopp, said, “The idea came at a recent public meeting called by Debbie Abrahams MP, following a severe increase in burglaries last February. At the time, the rise in criminal activity caused considerable alarm to Saddleworth business owners and residents. Although Saddleworth Parish Council doesn’t have the financial resources of GMP and OMBC, I felt by bringing the security industry, business owners and residents together under one roof. We could play our part in the fight against the criminals who target our tranquil villages. Also, help to remove this blight from the lives of the people who live and work in Saddleworth.”

For more information contact pam@saddleworthparishcouncil.org.uk or call 01457 876665