Garth Harkness

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

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Coronavirus in Oldham borough council area

by Garth Harkness on 28 July, 2020

Rise in cases of Coronavirus across Oldham Borough-avoid a local lockdown This includes all areas of Oldham borough council area- Saddleworth, Shaw, Crompton, Royton,Chadderton, Failsworth The numbers of people testing posoitive for coronavirus in Oldham has increased significantly over the last week. We have seen 119 cases in the seven days to 25 July. By […]

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Liberal Democrat councillors Diane Williamson and Garth Harkness were left baffled when Labour councillors voted against their motion at the full meeting of Oldham Council on Wednesday 15th July 2020. Councillor Harkness’s and Williamson’s motion asked Oldham Council to work with representatives from the clothing manufacturers and retailers; the trades unions in these sectors; and […]

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The Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, has written to the Leader of Oldham Council to ask once more for a special meeting of the full Council to be convened to consider a one-item agenda – the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and its […]

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Wasteful roadworks changed from the plan in Dobcross

by Garth Harkness on 24 July, 2020

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Saddleworth North, Garth Harkness has asked for clarity on why parking layouts were changed without notice on Wool Road meaning the loss of some spaces. He is also baffled at the line painting and roundabout installation only a few weeks before resurfacing. Councillor Garth Harkness has written to the Cabinet Member […]

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Police update

by Garth Harkness on 24 July, 2020

The below table shows the monthly crime statistics for each area of Saddleworth between the period of March and June. Crime Statistics (March – June) Crime Type   Uppermill, Greenfield, Lydgate   March/April/May/June Diggle, Dobcross, Delph, Denshaw, Austerlands   March/April/May/June Grotton, Springhead,Lees   March/April/May/June Burglary Residential 2 / 1 / 5 / 3 2 / […]

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The existing masonry retaining wall that supports the A62 Huddersfield Road, Scouthead is in a severely dilapidated condition and has already collapsed in two separate locations. The works to do so are scheduled to commence on Monday, 20th July 2020 and will take approximately 20 weeks to complete. It is the intention of the Council […]

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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. […]

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Following the successful completion of the demolition and the acquisition by Oldham Council of the WH Shaw Pallet site in Diggle, Interserve Group Limited, the international support services, construction and equipment group, has been awarded the contract by the Department for Education to design and build the new Saddleworth School in Oldham. The team are […]

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Oldham Liberal Democrat Councillors Garth Harkness and Diane Williamson are concerned that a culture of ‘fast fashion’ prevails in the UK which leads to the over-production and over-consumption of clothing  At the same time, they can also see that people on low-incomes in the Borough are sometimes unable to afford the clothing that they need […]

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Liberal Democrats vow to Protect Green, Open Spaces

by Garth Harkness on 17 June, 2020

Saddleworth Liberal Democrats are campaigning for local footpaths and green spaces to be kept open and accessible to all.  The recent lockdown measures have again shown how vital it is for everyone to have local green spaces, and the benefits these places have on mental and physical health.  Whether a local park, playing field, the […]

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