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Diggle residents say NO to OMBC in big way

Keith Lucas with local Saddleworth residents (Photo: Stuart Coleman © 2014)

Diggle residents today made their feelings clear about the proposed building of a new secondary school in Diggle by erecting a huge banner supporting the idea of keeping the school in Uppermill.

The sign reads:

“Save Saddleworth’s Greenbelt SAY NO to OMBC It’s [...]

An Interview with newly elected Nikki Kirkham

Independent Councillor Nikki Kirkham (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2014)

Recently elected Independent Councillor Nikki Kirkham talks to Stuart Coleman about her impressive victory at the local elections and her fight to keep Saddleworth School in Uppermill.

Stuart: Hi Nikki how do you feel?

Nikki: Brilliant, absolutely ecstatic, so happy.

Stuart: Did you [...]

Oldham Council: Local Elections – Thursday, May 22nd

Oldham Council is reminding residents that local elections are taking place on Thursday, May 22. Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm that day and registered voters should have received cards explaining where to go to vote.

A total of 21 seats are up for election: one third of Oldham Council’s 60 seats (one [...]

Letter to the Editor: Who do the Parish Councillors represent, a political party or the electorate?

Party Politics Risk Undermining Saddleworth Parish Council

During its current term of office Saddleworth Parish Councillors have developed a good team working relationship and have produced commendable achievements; these include re-addressing the way the Parish Council does its work, £45,000 net rates rebate, annual rates bill reduced by £14,000, annual insurance bill reduced by £1,500, [...]

Nominations for Election of Saddleworth North Councillor

Oldham Council

Thursday, 22nd May 2014

The following statement as to the persons nominated for election as Councillor for the

Saddleworth North Ward / District


Statement as to persons nominated


The following [...]

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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