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Garth Harkness Wins Saddleworth North

Results for Saddleworth North

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

SDAG mount legal challenge against Saddleworth School planning applications

Save 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 […]

Network-wide suspension of Metrolink services

Metrolink MediaCity tram

All 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 […]

Volunteers Tidy Towpaths in Diggle


Diggle Community Association (DCA) join the drive to clean up and improve Saddleworth’s canal system.

DCA chairman, Mark Brooks says ‘THANK YOU’ to all those who attended the Diggle towpath clean up event on Saturday 16th March. In just two hours a group of over fifteen volunteers managed to pick and remove thirty-five bags of […]

Help Stop Fly Tipping


Harrop Edge, Diggle

Help stop fly tipping. If you see it, report it.

You can report fly tipping by getting in touch with Oldham Council by phone or online.

Phone: 0161 770 2244 Report it online

Greater Manchester Walking Festival steps out for second year

TfGM walking

Greater Manchester is again putting its best foot forward with the region’s second annual Walking Festival taking place throughout May.

The festival, which runs from Sunday 1 to Tuesday 31 May, has doubled in size, this year offering more than 200 free guided walks exploring local towns, cities, countryside, canals, riversides and […]

Charitable hero Jo runs 32 miles for The Christie


By Jo Taylor

My good friend Jo Cunningham has come up with the (mad) idea of completing many challenges throughout 2016 to raise money for The Christie hospital, where I am treated every 3 weeks for secondary breast cancer.

Jo Cunningham and Howard Chambers

A few weeks ago we completed a 20 mile marathon […]

Oldham Council Forced to Reconsider School Planning Applications

Cllr Keith Lucas

Cllr Keith Lucas

Oldham Council is forced 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; […]

OMBC Approves School Plans


Chair of Oldham Planning Committee Photo:©StuartColeman

At last night’s extraordinary planning meeting Oldham’s Councillors voted unanimously to approve plans to build a new Saddleworth School in Diggle.

Four planning applications, presented to the Planning Committee by Steven Irvine, Head of Planning for Oldham, were examined and all but the highways application, with one against, […]

Diggle Mum Raises £2545 for The Christie


Local resident who is dealing with secondary breast cancer, Jo Taylor, completed, with her friends and supporters, a marathon 20 mile sponsored walk on Saturday 20th February raising over £2545 for The Christie.

Although the weather conditions were difficult, a mixed group of twenty-one people, including Jo’s two children, Regan and Faron, completed the walk […]