Garth Harkness

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

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Updates on testing, play areas, funeral services and recycling

by Garth Harkness on 12 July, 2020

Asymptomatic testing

Oldham has been chosen as a national pilot site to offer testing to people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus. Our main testing site is in the Southgate Street car park next to Oldham Library, but other mobile testing units have also been set up, including one on Rock Street car park.

The pilot scheme’s primary aim is to test people working in high-contact occupations, but anyone who is concerned that they may have coronavirus can book for a test via the NHS website here, or by calling 119.

Reopening of play areas

As part of our phased approach to opening play areas to ensure families stay safe, the following sites will be open from tomorrow (Saturday 11 July):

  • Alexandra Park
  • Oldham Town Centre
  • Stoneleigh Park
  • Werneth Park
  • Higher Park
  • Chadderton Hall Park
  • Crompton Park
  • St Chad’s Play Area

More reopenings will follow, so please bear with us as we have 110 play areas across the borough. Remember to wash your hands regularly and don’t use the play areas if you are showing symptoms of Coronavirus.

Funeral services and burials

From this week, the number of mourners who can attend a service in Hollinwood
Crematorium Chapel while continuing to social distance has changed to a maximum of 22 people. 

Further information on chapel services, funeral prayers, grave side services, and the burial or scattering of ashes is available here.

To find out more about headstones or memorials in Oldham’s crematorium and cemeteries, please contact the cemetery office on 0161 681 1312 or at The office is currently closed to visitors, but we will do all we can to assist you, online or on the phone. 

Update on recycling centres

All 20 recycling centres across Greater Manchester are open seven days a week and accepting most recycling apart from textiles, clothes and shoes.

From Monday 13 July, the final restrictions will be lifted and vehicles with trailers will be allowed access to the recycling centres for disposing of household waste only. Trade waste is not permitted.

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