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by Garth Harkness on 28 March, 2021

Diggle Parking, Heywood Fold and Child Food campaign

Diggle parking

Liberal Democrat councillor Garth Harkness has restored common sense to proposed parking restrictions near the new school in Diggle.  Despite residents’ protests, officials proposed to allow ‘overnight’ parking only until 6am on weekdays. 

“That is way in excess of the school’s needs and of normal rush-hour provision”, said Garth.   “I argued for a more realistic 7.30 and the Traffic Panel accepted it.  With the new car park there will actually be more overnight parking than before.”

Heywood Fold Road success

Councillor Garth Harkness took up with the council the poor state of the footpath between Heywood Fold Road and Den Lane.  “I am delighted with the job they have done,” he said.  “Regular visits by my volunteer Focus deliverers often help me pick up things like this.”

Child Food Campaign

Garth Harkness, local Liberal Democrat spokesperson on education and a senior teacher himself, gained Oldham Council’s support to fight child food poverty. 

The council passed unanimously his proposal to lobby government to adopt the recommendations of the National Food Strategy.  The strategy, put forward by national charities and Marcus Rashford MBE, extends and makes permanent the measures to ensure that the most disadvantaged children do not go hungry, in term-time or holidays.

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