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Letter to the editor: It’s NOT a done deal

I was shocked to read the front page headline in the Chron on Wed 9th regarding the proposed Saddleworth School, as the Chron is clearly not questioning the fallacious PR campaign being run by OMBC. The “deal” referred to was simply the signing of a previously agreed deal. It in no way merited a front [...]

Saddleworth School Update: Option agreement signed – work on planning submission starts

Greenfield and Greenbelt site at Shaw’s Pallet Works, Diggle (Photo: Paul Marsh)

Oldham Council has now signed the legal agreements with partners to deliver the proposed new Saddleworth School at Diggle.

The local authority has been in negotiations to acquire an area of land at the former WH Shaw Pallets Works in Diggle to [...]

Is this the future for Diggle?

Two buses trying to pass each other at the end of Huddersfield Road in Diggle. Many people in Saddleworth are asking, “Is this the future for Diggle if a secondary school is built on the former site of Shaw’s Pallet Works.”

It’s clear in the photograph that the bus heading towards the camera has had [...]

Major sewer upgrade in Uppermill expected to cause serious disruption

Rushcart Festival, Church Rd, Uppermill (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

A major sewer upgrade is set to take place later this year in June on Church Road in Uppermill. Although this necessary work has to take place to alleviate flooding in the area, it is expected to cause major problems for people moving around Uppermill and [...]

Armed Robbery at Diggle Post Office

Diggle Post Office

At approx 17:25 hrs today there was an armed robbery at Diggle Post office. The robbery was committed by two males who arrived at the scene on a motorbike which was later found abandoned at Warth Mill, Huddersfield Road.


1. Male white, dark eyes, 5’10″, average build wearing a black [...]

New school plans may add to flooding risk in Saddleworth

Flooding adjacent to the proposed sports fields in Diggle in 2012. (Photo: A. Hulme)

Following recent national flooding problems Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG) have raised concerns that the plans to relocate Saddleworth School to Diggle may add to the flooding risk in Saddleworth. The proposals for the new school involve [...]

Oldham’s councillor Jim McMahon wins ‘Leader of the Year’ award

Jim McMahon, Leader of Oldham Council

Councillor Jim McMahon, Leader of Oldham Council, has been honoured nationally for his outstanding leadership at the Councillor Achievement Awards.

Councillor McMahon was announced the winner of the ‘Leader of the Year’ title last night (Tuesday, February 25) at a local government gathering in London – which celebrated [...]

Workman run over by his own van in Denshaw

Police are appealing for any witnesses to a robbery where the victim was run over by his own van.

At around 2.40pm today, Monday, 24 February 2014, a 50-year-old man who works in road maintenance, was collecting several road signs on Ripponden Road, Denshaw. While he was putting the signs into the back of the [...]

OMBC’s review of the Site Allocations Plan – deadline extended

Local councillors and members of the public examine the Site Allocations Plan

Oldham Council has extended the time that residents are able to submit their views about future developments in the borough as part of the Site Allocations Plan consultation.

The deadline to submit feedback has been extended by a week to Friday, 28 [...]

Important changes to your medical records – you may need to act now!

GP practices across England will soon be required to supply patients’ personal and confidential medical records, on a regular and continuous basis, to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

The data upload is due to commence in March 2014 and all households should receive a leaflet (‘Better information means better care’) through their [...]