Garth Harkness

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

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Oldham Liberal Democrats are seeking to ensure that the findings of the Home Office-sponsored Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) deliver practical benefits for survivors of abuse, and are implemented in councils and the care home system. The investigation is due to finish hearings into the systematic exploitation of children by organised networks on […]

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A rise in COVID Cases in Dobcross and Denshaw

by Garth Harkness on 21 October, 2020

Common sense prevails in Diggle

by Garth Harkness on 18 October, 2020

Councillor Garth Harkness has succeeded in substituting common sense for an excessive proposal for parking restrictions in Diggle when the new Saddleworth School opens. As part of the plan for the approach to the school, council officers proposed a parking ban between 6am and 6pm Monday to Friday on Huddersfield Road between the school entrance […]

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Saddleworth Councillors Garth Harkness and Sam Al-Hamdani are calling on OldhamCouncil to make serious improvements to their plans for better broadband across thedistrict.With the substantial changes in working patterns brought on by the coronaviruspandemic, this has emphasised the need to deliver high-quality fibre opticbroadband to homes across the area.Councillor Garth Harkness said: “With so many […]

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Object to “Planning for the future consultation”

by Garth Harkness on 4 October, 2020

www.gov.uk Planning for the Future Object online; or email to planningforthefuture@communities.gov.uk or write to Planning for the Future Consultation,Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government,3 rd Floor Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF PUBLIC CONSULTATION CLOSES 29 th OCTOBER Object now or it will be too late!

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Saddleworth Conservative Councillors showed themselves to be out of step with party colleagues when voting against a recent motion at Oldham Council.  The motion, supported by Liberal Democrat Councillors, called for the government’s recently-published proposals to radically reform the planning process to be scrapped. Conservative Councillor Graham Sheldon spoke, and voted, against the motion arguing […]

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UPPERMILL SCHOOL SITE LAND-SWAP AXED

by Garth Harkness on 28 September, 2020

• Liberal Democrats uncover secret decision• Public must be consulted about future uses for the site Oldham Council has retained ownership of the current site of Saddleworth School in Uppermill after buying the new school site in Diggle outright instead of land-swapping it as planned with the developers who owned it. Liberal Democrat Councillors Garth […]

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Increase in Covid -19 cases in Saddleworth

by Garth Harkness on 25 September, 2020

Message from district team You’ll be aware that despite the good work everyone is doing to tackle Coronavirus the number of cases is on the rise.  Recently we’ve seen a number of positive tests across Saddleworth – specifically in Austerlands, Delph & Lydgate.  Everyone needs to follow the national and local Coronavirus restrictions to help stop the […]

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Extra step to improve safety at Dovestone

by Garth Harkness on 15 September, 2020

There have been concerns over parking at Dovestone with extensive yellow lines implemented and enforcement action taking place. There has also been the use of BBQs which risk huge fires. Following discussions with the marshals, Liberal Democrat Councillor Garth Harkness has highlighted another concern Councillor Garth Harkness said “Last year I called for irresponsible people […]

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The permitted development rights and changes to the planning system will be a disaster and we need to oppose them in the strongest possible terms Yes the current system is not appropriate applicants can appeal but with residents , the only option to complain about procedural errors is through a judicial review which costs thousands […]

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