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The Green Oldham Campaign – are you green for Oldham?

The Green Oldham campaign launched in June 2018 and aims to engage residents in thinking about how they can be more green.  The campaign covers topics from air quality, energy and environmental education to food growing, recycling, parks and single-use plastics. 

To find out more, see our video playlist below or visit

Enter a 7-a-side team in local St George’s Day charity event

Local charity ‘0161 Community’ has arranged their first ever St George’s Day event taking place on Sunday 22 April to celebrate equality and diversity across our local communities.

The event will take place at Tameside Stadium, Ashton-under-Lyne kicking off with a football tournament from 9am – 12noon followed by delicious food and live music until 3pm

Why not get your colleagues, friends or family together and enter a seven a-side team? If you’ve got enough people to enter a team, email

Everyone who takes part will receive a free St George equality and diversity t-shirt on the day.

All ages are welcome so come along for a day of fantastic family fun. For more information, head over to their Facebook page.

Council deal looks to bring global brand to the borough

Oldham Council has agreed a deal that could bring an Audi dealership to the borough – representing an investment in the region of £8M and the creation of more than 80 jobs.

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Shopkeeper sentenced for underage alcohol sale

Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted a Chadderton shopkeeper who sold alcohol to children.

On January 27 Ibrar Razaq owner of Razaq News, on Victoria Street pleaded guilty to the offence at Oldham Magistrates’ Court following a test purchase.

The 34-year-old was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,883.

The prosecution follows a successful application by Trading Standards to review the shop’s alcohol licence.

Oldham Council Leader pledges: “The work goes on”

Oldham Council has confirmed the appointment of Jean Stretton as the local authority’s first ever female leader.

The Hollinwood councillor’s selection was approved at an ‘extraordinary’ meeting of Full Council tonight (January 27).

Cllr Stretton had been provisionally selected for the role by the ruling Labour group earlier this month.

She replaces Jim McMahon who is stepping aside to focus on his duties as the new MP for Oldham West and Royton following a parliamentary by-election in December.

Cllr Stretton, 57, had served as Deputy Leader to Cllr McMahon since June 2014.

She was raised on Alt Estate and educated at Alt Primary and Hathershaw Comprehensive schools. She has lived in Hollinwood since 1989 and was first elected as a ward councillor for the area in 2003.

She has held several Cabinet Member posts covering a wide range of areas that include housing, co-operatives and neighbourhoods, health and wellbeing, town centres, culture and tourism. She will now assume responsibility for regeneration, taking over this crucial brief from Councillor McMahon.

In 2013, Cllr Stretton was named ‘Community Champion of the Year’ at the C’llr Achievement Awards organised by the LGiU for what judges called her “inspiring work to help her community in Oldham recover following a gas explosion” in Shaw.

Married to John, she has two step-children, five grandchildren and a great granddaughter but describes herself as “a very, very young great granny”.

Amongst her other commitments. Jean is also chair of Oldham Credit Union, serves on the governing bodies of Oasis Academy Oldham and Limehurst primary and has been on the Contour Estate Board since 2003. She is also a keen supporter of Oldham Foodbank.

Accepting the nominations, Jean Stretton praised the work of Jim McMahon’s administration and pledged that Oldham Council’s improvement journey would continue under her leadership – delivering a firm message that “the work goes on”.

She highlighted the regeneration projects underway – like the transformation of the Old Town Hall into a cinema and family entertainment venue – as symbolising “so much about how we are moving and getting our priorities right”.

Cllr Stretton also talked about the need to focus more on “social regeneration”,pledging to do whatever is needed to implement the recommendations of the recent Oldham Education and Skills Commission report, saying that “better life prospects and fair and sustainable employment will be key to our prospects and wellbeing”.

She added that being Oldham Council’s first female leader would not define her leadership and she would represent every district and deserving cause in the borough.

“I am an Oldhamer born and bred. I want what’s best for this town, for its people and for our young people growing up,” she said.

“I am not afraid of hard work and I’m not afraid of a challenge.

“I will represent every Oldhamer – regardless of gender, sexuality, religion, race, creed, class or background. And I will do it because we all share the same aspirations. From Chadderton to Royton, and Failsworth to Saddleworth, we all want this place to succeed.

“No problem is insurmountable. With courage, determination and teamwork – with all of us doing our bit – Oldham can overcome anything that is thrown at us.”

Cllr Stretton will start a Leader’s Blog online next week which will be updated every Wednesday and can be found via the Oldham Council website at

Councillor Abdul Jabbar’s appointment as Oldham Council’s new Deputy Leader was also confirmed tonight.

A Labour ward councillor who has represented Coldhurst for 21 years, he retains his portfolio as Cabinet Member for Finance and HR.

Under his stewardship, the local authority has established itself as a leader in public sector finance and became the quickest local government body to publish its accounts in half a century in 2015.

Cllr Jabbar has also led on the low carbon and energy saving agenda with invest-to-save schemes designed to reduce emissions and create savings for the local authority and communities through strong partnerships.

Cllr Jabbar said: “I am honoured that colleagues have put their trust in me to serve as Deputy Leader and am looking forward to getting started.”

“These are crucial times for the borough and I will be working very closely with Jean Stretton to continue the great work that began under Jim McMahon.”

Former leader Jim McMahon OBE retains his Oldham Council seat as one of three ward members for Failsworth East.

Sporting champions open Oldham’s new £15million leisure centre

World champion boxing hero Anthony Crolla, Manchester United legend Paul Scholes and former Leeds Rhinos and GB rugby star Barrie McDermott all received a rapturous reception at today’s (Saturday, January 23) celebration event – along with England handball and netball stars who carried out demonstrations with Oldham Community Leisure (OCL) members in the centre’s eight-court sports hall.

Newly-elected Oldham West and Royton MP, Jim McMahon, unveiled a plaque, officially opening the flagship centre – funded by Oldham Council and managed by OCL.

He was joined by council staff, local councillors, sporting governing bodies, OCL and construction industry representatives.

Funding boost helps elderly residents become computer savvy

Research shows more than one million people living in the UK feel lonely, out of touch and cut off from society.

In an attempt to get more older people engaged in new technology and prevent digital exclusion, Chadderton District Executive has provided funding to Age UK Oldham to carry out computer classes in the area.

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Special meeting to select new Oldham Council Leader

Oldham Council is to hold a special meeting of Full Council to consider the appointment of the next Council Leader.

Jim McMahon officially stepped down from the post on January 15 , having held it since May 2011.

The Labour Group has since selected Councillor Jean Stretton, as their new leader.

An ‘extraordinary’ meeting of Full Council will then take place on Wednesday, January 27 at 6.30pm asking members to consider nominations for Council Leader. The Leader can then appoint a Deputy Leader.

As this is a special meeting there will be no ‘Open Council’ session enabling residents to submit questions on this occasion.

Members of the public can attend to observe proceedings in the Council Chamber and there is no need to book or signal your intention to attend beforehand.

The meeting will also be streamed live on our website at

Oldham Council awarded funding to tackle domestic violence

Oldham Council has today been given a share of a £3.5 million government grant to make sure that victims of domestic abuse get access to the support they need.

The £70,000 funding will be used to increase security at 25 properties in the borough which provide safe and secure temporary accommodation for the victims of domestic violence and their families.

Therapeutic play sessions will also be organised for children who have witnessed family members being abused.

Councillor Barbra Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “Tackling domestic violence and abuse is a priority for the council and our partners. It has a devastating effect on the victim but also impacts on the whole family.

“Children and young people who witness it can be emotionally and psychologically scarred for life. Research has shown those who are exposed to violence can suffer low self-esteem, become low achievers and even go on to become offenders themselves.

“In Oldham we are doing as much as possible to protect victims and families and this funding will help.”

Historic and mysterious crest returned to former splendour

Conservation work has returned an historic and enigmatic Chadderton shield – which was discovered after years hidden away – to its former splendour.

Refurbishment workers at Chadderton Town Hall stumbled upon the broken and damaged crest under the building’s stage area – uncovering a mysterious piece (or pieces) of Chadderton’s history.

The shield contains the unofficial insignia used in the early days of the Chadderton District Urban Council* and before the current one which was constituted in 1955 as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Mystery not only shrouds why the shield was stored away in this location for many years – but even its origins.

In the 1950s doubts had been cast on its authenticity and experts commented that the design was one that the College of Heralds (often known as the College of Arms) would not have suggested.

The crest was taken to Gallery Oldham and has since been restored to its original grandeur by Heritage Project Management, on behalf of Chadderton District Executive

It is now out of the dark for all eyes to see and enjoy at Chadderton Town Hall.

Councillor Graham Shuttleworth, Chair of Chadderton District Executive, said: “This crest is a piece of Chadderton’s heritage, culture and identity. It is wonderful to see it restored to its former glory.”