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Mayor refocuses planning debate on town centres

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is refocusing the planning debate on town centres and infrastructure led development in response to public concerns expressed in the first consultation on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

The first step in the next stage of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) has been taken as all responses to the […]

SADDLEWORTH SCHOOL PLANNING APPLICATIONS ‘GO LIVE’

W.H. Shaw Pallet Works site

It has just been announced by Oldham Council that four planning applications related to the proposed new Saddleworth School are ‘going live’ for public consultation and comments from today, Wednesday September 27th, at https://www.oldham.gov.uk/planning

Oldham Council has received a new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) submitted by Interserve – the […]

Record numbers of wading birds at Dove Stone

Wading birds gathered in record numbers at Dove Stone in the Peak District this breeding season, thanks to an ambitious ongoing bog restoration programme.

Over the summer, RSPB staff and volunteer surveyors recorded 49 pairs of dunlins at the Saddleworth site, up a quarter from the 39 pairs observed in 2014 and up five pairs […]

Weather warning issued by Met Office

Passengers using public transport are being urged to plan ahead and allow more time for travel this evening and tomorrow morning after the Met Office issued a weather warning for strong winds.

Gusts of 55-65 mph, potentially reaching 75 mph in some places, look set to hit the region at 8pm on Tuesday night and […]

Eight months of improvement work on Trans-Pennine Rail Routes

Between September 2017 – May 2018, Network Rail will be undertaking essential work in preparation for the upgrading of the TransPennine railway, which will deliver faster and more frequent services and improve connections between key towns and cities across the North. Vegetation will be removed to a distance of 6.5 metres either side of […]

Travel gets smarter in Greater Manchester

Photography – Nick Harrison

Travelling in Greater Manchester just got smarter.

Thousands of passengers can now, for the first time, use a single smart card for all their journeys on any Greater Manchester tram and bus.

This latest development is the next phase of Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) get me there smart card […]

Mountain Rescue Charity Box Stolen

by Ken Bennett

From: www.saddleworthfm.com

A FURIOUS ex-council chair lashed a sneak thief who stole a charity box from the counter of a village pub.

Neil Allsopp (65), was caught up in the real life drama when the thief tore the box from its chains and made off into the night chased by pub staff […]

STATEMENT RE ESFA ANNOUNCEMENT ON SADDLEWORTH SCHOOL

Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Cabinet Member Education and Skills, said: “Oldham Council welcomes the announcement from the ESFA that they want to move forward with work to build Saddleworth School on the site they have identified.

“We expect a planning application will be submitted in due course and this will be decided in accordance with […]

A new vision to redevelop Oldham town centre

New Cinema

An ambitious new vision to deliver the Oldham town centre of the future is set to go to public consultation before being marketed to potential development partners.

Oldham Council has been developing a masterplan looking ahead to 2035 with key schemes across five strategic town centre sites totalling 21 acres. The benefits […]

2017 Diggle Blues Festival

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