Garth Harkness

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Saddleworth’s Liberal Democrat Councillors are pushing again for step free access at Greenfield Station, signing the Step Free Access campaign’s petition to support accessible stations across the entire rail network. Local Liberal Democrat councillor Kevin Dawson said: “Greenfield Station is the only the only railway station in the whole of Oldham borough. It is a […]

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Labour in Oldham voted against the construction of three health centres in Shaw & Crompton, Chadderton and Saddleworth, while voting to carry on spending more than £68 million on the renovation of Spindles shopping centre in the next five years. Liberal Democrat Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani said: “During the council meeting, there was a very emotive […]

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Councillor Garth Harkness has expressed frustration at the confusion surrounding controversial tree felling in Diggle this week but his prompt action secures some reparation. He said: ”Residents raised concerns with me over the weekend that the council was increasing the number of trees to be felled as part of the school travel scheme.  There was […]

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The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is consulting the public on its proposed Nature Recovery Plan with a closing date for responses of 7 March.  Liberal Democrat Leader Councillor Howard Sykes MBE is encouraging local people to respond; in the meantime, he has some sage words of advice ‘leave our nature be!’ Councillor Sykes is dismayed […]

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Diggle Felling

by Garth Harkness on 7 March, 2021

I raised these concerns with the various council officers and forestry commission. I have requested that any felling should stop until the questions are answered and that it is clear that more trees will be planted than are lost. Let’s hope they listen.

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Liberal Democrat Councillor Garth Harkness has called for temporary 20MPH speed restrictions to become permanent and more widespread. Funding for this forms part of the Liberal Democrat budget amendment on 4th March 2021. Councillor Garth Harkness said ”Residents and community groups have raised concerns for a long time about speeding and we have previously pushed for action […]

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Addressing Empty homes issue to protect green spaces

by Garth Harkness on 18 February, 2021

More than 1,100 private homes are empty in Oldham, and the Liberal Democrats would like to see them brought back into use to help address homelessness and to reduce the pressure to build new housing on the Green Belt and green spaces. Figures recently released by Oldham Council showed that in November 2020, 1137 private homes were empty, many for long periods of time.  […]

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Liberal Democrat Councillors want to see a half-hourly train service from Greenfield to Manchester and Huddersfield, and an hourly train direct to Leeds, to make rail travel more frequent and more reliable for passengers. Liberal Democrat Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, who represents Oldham on the Transport for Greater Manchester Board and is the Leader of […]

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Councillor Chris Gloster, Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance and Green, had his first opportunity to present the Liberal Democrat budget amendments to fellow Councillors on the Performance Value-for-Money Committee for the first-time last night.  The committee is responsible for scrutinising spending and saving proposals in advance of this year’s Budget Council meeting on 4 March. […]

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Injured mountain rescuer is stark reminder to not take risks

by Garth Harkness on 15 February, 2021

A mountain rescuer in the Lake District has suffered life changing injurieswhile trying to help a camper breaching Covid rules. This is a clearreminder to people to stay safe in Saddleworth, and not take any risksgoing out – it is not only your own lives that you are putting in danger. Local Liberal Democrat Councillor Garth […]

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