Garth Harkness

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

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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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Councillor Howard Sykes MBE and the Oldham Liberal Democrats want to combat the negative effects of climate change in Oldham.  They wish to reverse the dramatic fall in UK bee and insect population.  They are bringing a brand-new local policy to the table at the next Full Council Meeting (08/01/20).   Bees and other insects […]

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Confronting the school’s cuts crisis in Oldham

by Garth Harkness on 7 January, 2020

The Oldham Liberal Democrats have consistently campaigned against schools’ cuts.  They want the Council to write to the Government to fill the funding gap.  Schools are underfunded by an estimated 12 Million pounds across Oldham Borough.  Councillor Garth Harkness will bring a motion to January 8th full Council in 2020. This is to send a […]

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Vote Liberal Democrats for a brighter future

by Garth Harkness on 7 December, 2019

Fight for a People’s vote and to Stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion remain bonus in public services Tackle the climate change emergency Reverse cuts to education Spend an extra £10 billion a year on education, recruit more teachers, invest in SEN and give every adult a £10,000 skills and training wallet Invest £35 […]

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Dobcross 20MPH and signs update

by Garth Harkness on 2 December, 2019

In short 20MPH speed restrictions are being considered and funding identified but we may need to keep pushing for signs. I tried to get a 20 plenty across the borough previously. Positive action by the community is  moving us forward. At the Oldham Council meeting on Wednesday 6th November 2019 Councillor Garth Harkness has asked […]

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