Garth Harkness

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

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Liberal Democrat Tax Relief for Public Transport

by Garth Harkness on 16 June, 2020

Since October 2013, then journalist and now Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for employees to be ‘allowed to pay for their season tickets from their pre-tax income.’ Oldham Liberal Democrat Councillors Garth Harkness and Louie Hamblett are now calling the Prime Minister’s bluff.  This is with a new motion to the first Oldham Council meeting […]

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Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Opposition leader on Oldham Council, is appalled at a new analysis.  The shocking study shows the areas worst hit by Covid-19 will now receive some of the largest cuts in Government support.   Oldham Borough is in the top ten Councils hit harder than any […]

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The Oldham Liberal Democrats and Councillor Howard Sykes (Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Opposition Leader on Oldham Council) have all signed a letter of support.  This is to aid vulnerable children and protect local education.  The National Education Union (NEU) Councillors Network has written a letter to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson for local councillors […]

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Councillor Howard Sykes, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council, notes that Covid-19 has impacted our local travel.  Councillor Sykes has suggested a five-point programme to Council Bosses.  This could kickstart our local transport needs in a green direction.  The Council could be been given up to £500,000 […]

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Saddleworth & Lees A635 Holmfirth Road – full length Mayfield Avenue – full length Thomas Street, Lees from Wild Street to Spring Lane Treetops Close – full length Springmeadow Lane/Meadowfold/St Chads Crescent – full lengths Radcliffe Street – full length Rush Hill Road/The Meadows – full lengths Shaw/Crompton Dogford Road/Fir Lane – full length Brunswick […]

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 18TH-24TH MAY

by Garth Harkness on 19 May, 2020

This week is Mental Health Awareness week. The theme is that “Kindness makes the world a better place” Carry out some acts of kindness for yourself and others Some areas for support Anxiety UK Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to […]

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Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

by Garth Harkness on 14 May, 2020

Following the recent opening of Arkwright Street by GMCA residents will be able to dispose of additional waste and recycling from Saturday, May 16: Garden waste Wood Cardboard General rubbish (black bag waste) was already being accepted.

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Some recycling centres will provide a limited service for general waste/bags of rubbish only, no recycling or garden waste containers will be available initially. This is not business as usual but a phased opening. Not all sites will open due to shortages of staff and all sites have reduced opening hours. Please check before you […]

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Saddleworth plan ignored with Bus cuts

by Garth Harkness on 23 April, 2020

Despite strong and repeated representations from Saddleworth Liberal Democrats, Transport for Greater Manchester have gone ahead with bus cuts to subsidised bus services in Saddleworth: 353, 354 & 355 scrapped and partially replaced by 356 Saddleworth Rambler but no longer serving Greenfield Station – rerouted from Uppermill along Bridge Street, Carr Lane, Queensway, Wellington Road, […]

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Reintroduction of Recycling Collections

by Garth Harkness on 22 April, 2020

THIS WEEKS COLLECTIONS (w/c 20 April) WILL CONTINUE TO BE BLACK/GREY BIN ONLY On Monday 30th March temporary general waste weekly collections were introduced by the Council’s Waste Management with a recognition that as resilience allowed there would be a need to return to separated collections for environmental and financial reasons.  This step was taken following the outbreak of […]

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