Garth Harkness

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

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The Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council will be presenting their alternate budget proposals to next week’s Performance and Value for Money Committee (4 February 2020). The review falls three weeks prior to the Liberal Democrat Amendment being considered by the Full Council (26 February). In their budget proposals for the coming financial year (2020/21), […]

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Saddleworth Neighborhood Plan

by Garth Harkness on 20 February, 2020

Saddleworth Parish council are seeking views of local residents to help create a Neighborhood plan for Saddleworth. Each village in Saddleworth can contribute to the plan. Housing, transport, business, education and healthcare are just some of the many important subjects under discussion and if we do not get involved, crucial decisions will be taken without […]

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Saddleworth Parish Council environmental plan

by Garth Harkness on 20 February, 2020

The Liberal Democrats promised a comprehensive local environmental plan and it is taking shape. The ambitious target is a carbon-neutral council by 2030, and a carbon-neutral Saddleworth by 2035.   It will be wide-ranging, as everything affects our environment.  “Take planning”, says leader, Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani. “Building a new home releases 80 tonnes of CO2. Refurbishing […]

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Denshaw School Safety Zone

by Garth Harkness on 20 February, 2020

Local councillors have bid for funding for a School Safety Zone at Denshaw Councillor Garth Harkness said “The amount of traffic coming into the village makes children coming to the school vulnerable. The scheme will introduce traffic calming measures in the form of speed bumps, a traffic island and warning signs.” Garth added “It was […]

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Proposed planning changes could silence democracy

by Garth Harkness on 20 February, 2020

The “worst ever” planning meeting saw approval for 265 houses to be built on protected land In Saddleworth, with the support of  Saddleworth’s Labour Councillor George Hulme. And there is a new threat. Up to now councillors could refer any contentious planning applications to the Planning Committee to be heard in public.  Now Oldham Council […]

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Roadworks Wool Road Dobcross from 14th Feb

by Garth Harkness on 7 February, 2020

works programmed to start at the junction of Sugar Lane/Standedge Road and along Wool Road. The proposed works are to: Creation of a roundabout. Construction of a new pedestrian crossing island. Footway buildouts and introduction of parking laybys. Lining works. Resurfacing works. Providing bus platforms (currently grass verges) Works will start on Friday 14 February […]

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Bid to Reopen Diggle Station?

by Garth Harkness on 1 February, 2020

The Government’s £20 million New Stations Fund was announced this week. Dr Richard Knowles says “Oldham Council should be making a bid to the Government’s New Stations Fund for Diggle Station to reopen. It is an official Oldham Council priority to reopen Diggle Station so there must be no delay. Councillor Garth Harkness (Saddleworth North) […]

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Saddleworth Liberal Democrats slam bus cuts

by Garth Harkness on 12 January, 2020

Saddleworth Liberal Democrats have slammed proposals for yet more reductions to bus services in Saddleworth. The proposals by Transport for Greater Manchester seek to abolish services 353,354,355 and 407.  They propose to expand the Saddleworth rambler service (356) to cover some of the shortfall but it will see some areas lose bus services and a […]

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Gritting in isolated Saddleworth areas being looked at again

by Garth Harkness on 11 January, 2020

Residents in some of Saddleworth’s most isolated areas have had difficulties with the closure of Thurston Clough Road for repairs.  Oldham council decided to suspend gritting on these highly exposed roads because it would take them too long. Liberal Democrat councillor for Saddleworth North, Garth Harkness urged Councillor Ateeque Ur-Rehman, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services […]

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My tribute to the late Derek Heffernan

by Garth Harkness on 11 January, 2020

It is with great sadness that we have said our final farewells to Derek Heffernan. Derek was my ward colleague, my mentor and my friend. I first served with Derek in 2011 on Saddleworth parish council and had fond memories of his strong grasp of figures. Without fail Derek would always have some questions ready […]

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