Garth Harkness

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

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Road closure Delph Lane – Monday 7th Sept for 3 days

by Garth Harkness on 5 September, 2020

Delph Lane Monday 7th Sept for 3 days or before if work finishes sooner It is from its junction with Denshaw Road for 140 metres in a north easterly direction will remain closed at all times. Access will be maintained between No 16 and the A62 Huddersfield Road The restrictions are required to facilitate carriageway […]

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Not every disability is visible

by Garth Harkness on 5 September, 2020

The Oldham Liberal Democrats are backing a national campaign to raise public awareness that not everyone who uses an accessible public toilet has a visible disability.  The campaign by the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK encourages venues with such toilets to install special signage with the logo ‘Not every disability is visible’. Crompton Councillor Louie […]

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Liberal Democrats say road policing not optional

by Garth Harkness on 2 September, 2020

Traffic cops often feature in our television shows, but the harsh reality is that the traffic officers forming the thin blue line are too few and grossly underfunded, and the Liberal Democrat Group on Oldham Council wants to do something about that.Liberal Democrat Councillors are taking a motion to the next meeting of Oldham Council […]

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Councillor fears new planning rules a concern for Saddleworth

by Garth Harkness on 1 September, 2020

Saddleworth North Liberal Democrat Councillor Garth Harkness has expressed concerns about the likely negative impact of Boris Johnson’s new White Paper ‘Planning for the Future’, which the Conservatives claim will represent the most radical changes to our planning system since the Second World War.  Councillor Harkness said: “We live in one of the most beautiful […]

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Day-burning Lamps a waste of money

by Garth Harkness on 30 August, 2020

Liberal Democrat Councillors have hit out at waste of money with an increased number of daylight burning lamps Councillor Garth Harkness said During summer I witnessed and reported several daylight burning lamps across a variety of villages in Saddleworth. I know Liberal Democrat colleagues in Shaw and Crompton have done the same. When the PFI […]

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20MPH speed limit OK for one but not the other

by Garth Harkness on 28 August, 2020

An 18 month order to limit speeds of cars in Uppermill will be coming into force. The Order is to be made to facilitate social distancing Councillor Garth Harkness, Liberal Democrat, Saddleworth North has welcomed the decision but is also perplexed He Said “I have been campaigning for a long time with regards to 20MPH […]

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Kept in the dark on Saddleworth school

by Garth Harkness on 26 August, 2020

Saddleworth Councillors Garth Harkness and Sam Al-Hamdani have expressed concerns about being kept in the dark about Saddleworth School. This follows a rumour that had circulated that the land sale at Uppermill would not now go ahead. Liberal Democrat Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani said: “We need to know what is going to happen to the Uppermill […]

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Dobcross Garden centre bridge not reopening

by Garth Harkness on 24 August, 2020

A footbridge linking the garden centre and Woolpack playing fields in Dobcross has been closed for quite some time. Residents were given hope in April 2020 when Oldham council had placed the bridge on a list for repairs using flooding money Liberal Democrat Councillor for Saddleworth North Garth Harkness has asked for clarity and can […]

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Following a written request, Oldham Borough Council has confirmed to local councillor Sam Al-Hamdani that there is no agreement to transfer the site of the existing Saddleworth School in Uppermill to local developer Wiggetts.  Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani, the Liberal Democrats spokesperson for Saddleworth, said: “This is a large site in the centre of Saddleworth’s most […]

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As Ward Councillors for Saddleworth North we attended a meeting with the company who wish to consider an application for housing in Diggle. This was also attended by a number of parish councillors.  It is not uncommon for a developer to provide initial information before a planning application to elected members before submission of an […]

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