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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 [...]

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 [...]

Turn growing your own fruit and veg into a business opportunity

Focus of the day – The local Food Economy – growing food, the food supply chain, education and training, social enterprise and business

The aims of the day

It is expected that participants will leave the event:

• Having been introduced to Get Oldham Growing identity and website

• Being well informed about [...]

Women’s Day of Prayer and St Chad’s Day Lunch

Women’s Day of Prayer taking place in March

Churches Together in Saddleworth (CTiS) always come together for this event and will be holding their service on Friday 7th March at Sacred Heart Church, Uppermill at 7.30pm. With refreshments (lovley cakes and biccies too!) to follow in the Community Hall at the rear of the church.


Letter to the Editor: ‘Nimbys?’

‘Those who stand up for their own backyard are reminding us that we live in a small country’.

Recent comments on Diggle News and other media outlets have directly accused those opposed to the relocation of Saddleworth school to Diggle of being ‘NIMBYs’ and this has also been implicit in the Council’s weary or irritated [...]

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 [...]

Local councillors resign from the Liberal Democrats in disagreement over the Saddleworth School move

Two members of Saddleworth Parish Council have resigned from the Liberal Democrats in opposition to the proposed move of Saddleworth School to Diggle. Cllr. Mike Buckley, leader of the Save Diggle Action Group, and Cllr. Lesley Schofield, have both campaigned for the new school to be built on the present site in [...]

Cross party agreement sought for new schools

Jim McMahon, Leader of Oldham Council

Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills Cllr Amanda Chadderton and Leader Cllr Jim McMahon will be putting a motion to the Full Council meeting next Wednesday (18 December) calling for greater Government support for Oldham’s schools.

The motion, which laments the “severe curtailment” of the [...]

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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