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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 [...]

Public anger grows following Saddleworth Parish Council’s U-turn

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

Boos and cries of Lib-Dem shame rang out from the public gallery at last night’s Parish Council meeting as members voted to support the proposed building of a new school in Diggle.

On the 28th October 2013, the council had resolved to [...]

Debbie Abrahams says Diggle is the ‘least worst option’ for locating a new school

Debbie Abrahams (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2013)

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has written to update over 500 residents in Diggle on the responses to her postal and doorstep survey regarding Saddleworth School.

After having sight of the ‘technical assessments’ from the Council, and given the restrictions of the allowed budget and the [...]

Debbie Abrahams MP meets Royal British Legion Manager

Debbie Abrahams MP with Richard Foster

The Royal British Legion has thanked Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, for taking the time to meet Legion Area Manager, Richard Foster.

The Legion is the leading provider of welfare for the Armed Forces community and last week local MP Debbie Abrahams attended an event [...]

Building a new school in Uppermill could cost less than building in Diggle

Plans for the new school in Uppermill submitted to OMBC and the EFA

Plans showing how the current Education Funding Authority (EFA) design proposals for the Diggle site will fit on the mostly unusable football pitch on the current Uppermill site are now being considered by OMBC and the EFA.

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Parish Council asks OMBC to consider an alternative scheme for Saddleworth School

On Monday evening at an extraordinary meeting organised by Saddleworth Parish Council a decision was made to write a letter to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council (OMBC) asking them reconsider their plans and consider an alternative proposal to develop the current Saddleworth School site in Uppermill.

Councillor Mike Buckley presented the proposal to the Parish Council [...]

Letter to the Editor regarding a new Saddleworth School in Diggle

This plan is currently only a suggestion

Notwithstanding the need for a new Saddleworth School, having now seen the full extent of the proposals and the impact this will have on Diggle village and its residents, I am now strongly of the opinion that that the present scheme should be abandoned.

The cost in [...]

Residents asked to submit questions for a public meeting: “The Future of Saddleworth School…”

Residents of Saddleworth and Lees have been asked to submit questions in advance of a public meeting about, ‘The Future for Saddleworth School’. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th October at 7.30 p.m. in Uppermill Civic Centre.

In addition to keynote speakers, namely OMBC Leader Jim McMahon, Executive Director for Children’s Services, Michael [...]

Chief Executive Charlie Parker to leave Oldham Council

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker is set to leave his post as Chief Executive of Oldham Council to take up one of the top jobs in Local Government. The 52-year-old has today been recommended for appointment to the post of Chief Executive at Westminster City Council. The recommendation will go before a Full Council meeting [...]

Saddleworth Parish Council concerned about the lack of consultation re: Saddleworth School

Shaw’s Pallet Works, Diggle (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2013)

Saddleworth Parish Council is concerned that, to date, there has been no consultation with residents and parents of Saddleworth on the proposals for a new secondary school. It is therefore organising an additional public meeting to the one listed below (See ‘What’s the future [...]