Garth Harkness

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Saddleworth North Ward on Oldham Council Learn more

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Addressing Empty homes issue to protect green spaces

by Garth Harkness on 18 February, 2021

More than 1,100 private homes are empty in Oldham, and the Liberal Democrats would like to see them brought back into use to help address homelessness and to reduce the pressure to build new housing on the Green Belt and green spaces. Figures recently released by Oldham Council showed that in November 2020, 1137 private homes were empty, many for long periods of time.  […]

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Liberal Democrat Councillors want to see a half-hourly train service from Greenfield to Manchester and Huddersfield, and an hourly train direct to Leeds, to make rail travel more frequent and more reliable for passengers. Liberal Democrat Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, who represents Oldham on the Transport for Greater Manchester Board and is the Leader of […]

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Councillor Chris Gloster, Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance and Green, had his first opportunity to present the Liberal Democrat budget amendments to fellow Councillors on the Performance Value-for-Money Committee for the first-time last night.  The committee is responsible for scrutinising spending and saving proposals in advance of this year’s Budget Council meeting on 4 March. […]

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Injured mountain rescuer is stark reminder to not take risks

by Garth Harkness on 15 February, 2021

A mountain rescuer in the Lake District has suffered life changing injurieswhile trying to help a camper breaching Covid rules. This is a clearreminder to people to stay safe in Saddleworth, and not take any risksgoing out – it is not only your own lives that you are putting in danger. Local Liberal Democrat Councillor Garth […]

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The Oldham Liberal Democrats will be proposing in their amendment to Labour’s 2021-22 Council Budget measures to make Oldham a ‘Healthier, Greener and Cleaner’ Borough. They have found cash to invest in: three much needed new health centres for Shaw and Crompton, Saddleworth, and Chadderton; make Oldham Council greener and more energy efficient; improve pavements; […]

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Grandpa Greens Update

by Garth Harkness on 4 February, 2021

We have had considerable contact in relation to social distancing, Liter and parking Here is the latest update in relation to Grandpa Greens Council has served a legal notice to restrict the openings days of the business known as Grandpa Greenes Luxury Ice Cream Ltd 5 Ward lane, Diggle, Oldham OL3 5JT  under the Coronavirus […]

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Conservative changes to planning targets will force Manchester to build an extra 35% more houses than had been planned, which seems likely increase the pressure on green spaces in and around Oldham and Saddleworth. Following the withdrawal of Stockport from the Greater Manchester development plan, the remaining nine authorities are redrawing the plan, and there […]

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At tonight’s full meeting of Oldham Council (16 December), Saddleworth Liberal Democrat Councillors called on the Conservatives to lobby their own government over the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework housing plans.  Saddleworth North Councillor Garth Harkness proposed an amendment to a Conservative motion, backed by his Saddleworth West and Lees colleague, Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani.  Councillor Harkness […]

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Ancient woodlands now only cover less of 3% of England’s landmass, yet the charity the Woodland Trust has estimated that 1,200 may be under threat.  Oldham and Saddleworth Liberal Democrat Councillors want to see Oldham Council at the forefront of the fight to protect our nation’s remaining irreplaceable legacy of ancient woodlands and ancient and […]

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Alternative plan- Chew Brook Vale (Fletchers) Greenfield

by Garth Harkness on 16 December, 2020

At the Oldham council meeting on 16th December 2020 Councillor Garth Harkness asked: Given that the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework proposals for Oldham will now have to be redrawn or an alternate Local Plan adopted, I would like to draw the Leader’s attention to the merits of the Chew Valley Green Belt Action Group’s Alternative […]

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