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OMBC struggle to deal with questions about the new Saddleworth School

Stephen Irvine (left) responding to questions

Stephen Irvine, Head of Planning and Infrastructure at Oldham Council, struggled, last night, to answer questions posed by Saddleworth residents relating to proposals to build a new Saddleworth School in Diggle.

The meeting organised by Saddleworth Parish Council and attended by over two hundred residents examined, through a […]

Two Birds of Prey Killed in Peak District

Osprey Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

Reward offered as more birds of prey are illegally killed in the Peak District National Park

Derbyshire Police and the RSPB are appealing for information following the illegal killing of two birds of prey near to Glossop, Derbyshire. A £1000 reward has been offered by […]

New Council Leader Appointed

Councillor Jean Stretton

Oldham Council has confirmed the appointment of Jean Stretton as the local authority’s first ever female leader.

The Hollinwood councillor’s selection was approved at an ‘extraordinary’ meeting of Full Council on January 27. Cllr Stretton had been provisionally selected for the role by the ruling Labour group earlier this month. She […]

Only a few days remaining to get your voice heard

The statutory consultation period for the proposed new Saddleworth School ends on the 31st January 2016. If you have an opinion or view, for or against the project, you must get your letters in before the deadline for them to be taken into considerederation by Oldham Council.

The public consultation examines four planning applications which […]

Views sought for legal highs survey

Oldham Council is carrying out a survey on substances known as legal highs – and we need residents to take part. Little is known about how these substances are being used, what legal highs people are taking and their effects.

We’d like to know what makes people start and continue to use the substances, […]

Saddleworth Parish Council severs links to Mike Buckley

Saddleworth Parish Council

In view of Councillor Mike Buckley’s recent conviction and sentence for downloading indecent images of children. At last night’s ordinary meeting of Saddleworth Parish Council, held at the Civic Hall, Lee Street, Uppermill. In front of both press and public, members overwhelmingly voted to remove him from all sub-committees and other […]

Special Meeting To Elect New Council Leader

Councillor Jean Stretton

Oldham Council is to hold a special meeting of Full Council to consider the appointment of the next Council Leader.

Jim McMahon officially stepped down from the post on January 15 , having held it since May 2011. The Labour Group has since selected Councillor Jean Stretton, as their new leader.


Parish Councillors Call for Mike Buckley to Resign

Councillor Mike Buckley

After the sentencing of Saddleworth Parish Councillor Mike Buckley after being found guilty of downloading indecent pictures of young boys to his computer, within a matter of hours, Saddleworth Parish Council’s Chairman issued a request asking him to resign

Parish Chairman Councillor Allsopp wrote:

Following the conviction of Councillor Buckley in December 2015, and […]

Special meeting to consider Saddleworth School Planning Application

Oldham Council’s Planning Committee is set to consider all four applications relating to the proposed new Saddleworth School at a special meeting next month. This so-called ‘extraordinary’ meeting will consider only these matters and will take place in the Council Chambers on Thursday, February 25 at 6pm.

Three separate and one revised planning applications were […]

Mike Buckley Asked To Resign

Councillor Mike Buckley

Saddleworth Parish councillor, Mike Buckley, was today sentenced by Judge Jonathan Foster at Manchester Crown Court for downloading indecent pictures of young boys to his computer.

He was told by the judge that his loss of good character and standing was punishment enough.

Buckley has been ordered to participate, for 35 […]