Garth Harkness

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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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Call for new Saddleworth Health Centre

by Garth Harkness on 16 December, 2020

At the Oldham council meeting on 16th December 2020 Councillor Garth Harkness asked: I have been petitioning for a new health for Saddleworth for many years to both this council and the clinical commissioning group and on a number of occasions both have said they will look at this. I raised it in 2018 with […]

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Sugar Lane/Wool Road roundabout and speed limits change

by Garth Harkness on 16 December, 2020

Following successful campaigns by Liberal Democrat Councillor Garth Harkness and local residents to get 20mph speed limits in Uppermill, Dobcross and Delph and a commitment for a principle of 20mph limits across Oldham borough, residents have been contacting Councillor Harkness and Al-Hamdani about the fact that the speed limit at the roundabout at the junction […]

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Labour support, Conservatives condemn as ‘c**p’ Experimental orders for Delph and Dobcross are being introduced like the recent order in Uppermill Excitingly, the victory in gaining 20mph speed limits in Dobcross and Delph has proved to be only the beginning.  The Liberal Democrats pressed at November’s full council meeting (after this Focus went to press) […]

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Saddleworth Liberal Democrat councillors Garth Harkness and Sam Al-Hamdani have expressed disappointment at local Conservative Leader Councillor John Hudson who said that councillors supporting a motion for 20MPH speed limits across the borough on residential roads were “talking c**p”. Liberal Democrats proposed a motion on 4th November 2020 to seek in principle to implement a […]

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The Oldham Liberal Democrats have welcomed Boris Johnson’s recent climbdown over the provision of school meals to the children of England’s poorest families.  The Conservative Government has pledged £396 million of targeted support for 1.7 million children over the Christmas, Easter and Summer school holidays.  The Prime Minister conveyed the good news in a telephone […]

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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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“What’s my bin day? ” issues on website have been reported and are being investigated Councillor Dave Murphy Shadow Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Culture was disappointed to learn that the bin app introduced in 2018 has been discontinued. The R4GM bin app for mobile phones contained information such as Where’s my nearest..? When’s my bin collected? What do I do […]

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