Garth Harkness

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

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Coronavirus advice and useful contacts

by Garth Harkness on 31 October, 2020

Useful contacts Coronavirus facts and advice Oldham council emergency need helpline     0161 770 7007 Oldham council local coronavirus information          https://www.oldham.gov.uk/coronavirus Latest government information on Coronavirus              https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus To get a coronavirus test                 https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test Personal wellbeing Mental health       Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk MIND        https://www.togmind.org    Phone: 0300 123 3393 Domestic violence   –  Oldham council adult safeguarding hub                                                  adult.mash@oldham.gov.uk          0161 770 […]

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Our villages, our future

by Garth Harkness on 5 May, 2021

Popular, hard-working councillor Garth Harkness is gathering more and more support for the local elections on May 6 th . It has been obvious to local people for years that Labour favours their ownareas and squanders a fortune on vanity projects. They have relentlesslystripped Saddleworth of local money and decision-making. Our school camelast.The Conservatives have […]

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The crass arrogance and ignorance of local Conservative candidates has caused further anger amongst the public across Oldham Borough. Local Conservatives were told in no uncertain terms that using an outdated photo of Oldham councillors – three of whom had sadly died – on leaflets distributed in early April around Crompton and High Crompton was […]

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I live in Dobcross and care deeply for our unique villages. I have served as a Saddleworth councillor for 9 years.  I am committed to defend its interests because Saddleworth has to fight for a fair share of resources. My achievements include getting 20mph limits – fought for since 2014, defending green spaces,   a longstanding campaign for a Saddleworth […]

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Liberal Democrats back call for No Moor BBQ

by Garth Harkness on 27 April, 2021

As yet another wildfire ravages Marsden Moor, Saddleworth North Liberal Democrat Councillor Garth Harkness is backing the No Moor BBQs campaign of the British Mountaineering Council for a complete ban on disposable barbecues, and wants to see more action and powers to tackle the arsonists who deliberately or inadvertently set fire to precious moorland. Councillor […]

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GMSF – A cosmetic change only

by Garth Harkness on 24 April, 2021

Labour and Conservative chiefs on the Greater Manchester Authority have implicitly admitted that GMSF is a toxic brand.  Their ‘new’ development plan will be called Places for Everyone when it appears after the election.  What won’t change will be the proposals to concrete over substantial areas of Saddleworth.  The Liberal Democrats will continue to support […]

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News in brief

by Garth Harkness on 24 April, 2021

Visitors flouting travel restrictions have flooded into Diggle, clogging up roads with parked cars and crowding together on the canal towpath.  Councillor Garth Harkness has been out with the police at weekends. Local Liberal Democrats have responded to a survey on improving train services.  Nothing simpler!  Local people want frequent and reliable services, as we […]

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Parish council news

by Garth Harkness on 24 April, 2021

The parish council is running a ‘Shop Local’ campaign to boost the local economy and to support the Saddleworth businesses which have kept working, taken precautions and done extra deliveries to keep us all safe over the past year. “They looked after Saddleworth; they deserve our wholehearted support”, urges Councillor Kevin Dawson. A tiny rise […]

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Local Liberal Democrats are continuing to lead the fight to protect our public green spaces.  Oldham and Saddleworth Liberal Democrats are saying NO to Conservative Government plans to replace the local management of National Parks with a so-called National Landscape Service, states Saddleworth North Liberal Democrat Councillor Garth Harkness. The Conservative Government is expected to […]

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Shop Local

by Garth Harkness on 22 April, 2021

The campaign to promote local businesses gathers pace.  The pandemic has seen many of our local businesses step up to support the community and they all deserve our support. Garth visited Diggle Lock who are one of many businesses who have been praised in our survey. They buy local produce for their catering and their […]

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Disabled parking spaces

by Garth Harkness on 20 April, 2021

Garth used the last council meeting of the year to challenge the Labour council’s shameful decision to provide no more disabled parking spaces.  “The five-year wait was already a scandal , causing real hardship,” he says.  “I put forward a more economical way to do it and they have reluctantly agreed to consider it.”

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