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A £25 million scheme to improve Oldham town centre have moved a step closer thanks to the Oldham Town Deal Board.

Oldham council have temporarily introduced weekly general waste collections so they could continue collecting waste from homes on a regular basis given the immediate impact that government restrictions placed on the service.

A new road will be named after a pioneering Suffragist Lydia Becker 

Lydia Becker Way will provide access to the £100 million regeneration scheme at Broadway Green - more than 600,000 sq ft of employment space and up to 500 new homes.

The road honours the memory and work of Lydia whose family lived in Foxdenton Hall, off Foxdenton Lane.

Lydia Becker is remembered for founding and publishing the women's Suffrage Journal and she was also secretary of the Central Society for Women’s Suffrage in 1881.

The new link road includes the decommissioning of Crossley Bridge, the old railway bridge located north west of the San Rocco Restaurant, and the construction of a new signalised junction on Broadway.

This is a joint venture between Oldham Council and Foxdenton LLP.

The scheme should create 2,000 new jobs and could boost thr local economy by up to £4.6 million per annum.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.


Oldham Council are to submit proposals to build a 900kw solar farm in Failsworth

Oldham based social landlord, First Choice Homes (FCH) is investing over £80,000 to combat poverty among its customers on low incomes and bring a discounted food service to their local communities.

Green fingered local gardeners have been celebrating after being honoured at a special award ceremony to mark the end of First Choice Homes Oldham's annual gardening competition – Growing Together.

Oldham Roughyeds suffered a 52 to 12 defeat at Widnes Vikings in the Fourth Round Coral Challenge Cup tie

New Latics coach Dino Maamria begins his reign with a 3-1 League Two win at home to Morecambe.

A stunning comeback to shock Premier League Fulham in the FA Cup Third Round at Craven Cottage has Latics dreaming of Wembley.

Oldham athletic Manager Richie Wellens contract at Oldham athletics has been terminated with immediate effect.

Oldham Eagles Basketball Club are holding National League Trials in the Oldham Sport for All Centre on Roman Road in Hollinwood. The trials take place on Saturday June 9th.

Oldham Athletic are going back to their roots and heritage and renaming the stadium Boundary Park

The Play Team at The Royal Oldham Hospital are asking everyone to support the Children’s Unit and other children’s services by donating a range of play items to help keep our youngest patients entertained during their stay on the wards.

The brand new state of the art extension to Mahdlo Youth zone is set to open with a VIP launch event on Monday 16th March 2020.

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An IT consultancy based in Greater Manchester marked its fifteenth year in business with a charity football match on 13th September 2018. 

People have the power to change the places they live and the things they care about.

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Oldham businesses could be missing out on cash grants to help support them during the coronavirus pandemic.


Oldham Council is distributing Small Business and Retail, Leisure and Hospitality grants with more than 3,000 local businesses benefitting so far and over £34.8 million paid out to date.

But many eligible businesses have still not applied for the grants which could see them receive either £10,000 or £25,000.

Cllr Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services, said: “These grants are designed to protect businesses and save jobs across the borough. You must meet the eligibility criteria and provide some key information, but they are not a loan and do not need to be paid back.

“We don’t want anyone who is eligible to miss out so it’s really important that you visit and submit information so we can help you.

“If you don’t have internet access or need any support with the application, call 0161 770 6677 to speak to the team.”

A cash grant of £10,000 is available for eligible small businesses who on 11 March 2020 were entitled to Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief.     

Eligible businesses in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector will receive a cash grant of either £10,000 or £25,000 per property if the rateable value of their property is under £51,000.

Westwind Productions is among the local businesses to receive a small business grant and company director Wendy Cooper has encouraged others to apply.

She said: “The grant is very much appreciated, and needed, to keep our business afloat throughout lockdown.  My business is non-essential and currently closed, and it will help tremendously to keep our overheads covered and staff and suppliers paid throughout the lockdown period.”

Garry Hallas Chartered Surveyors has also received a cash grant. Director Garry Hallas said: “It will be a considerable benefit in helping to keep the company operational until it is possible to recommence trading. If you think you could be eligible then these grants really could be a lifeline for your business.”

The grants are just a small part of the support package available to help businesses during the pandemic.

One of the latest schemes is the bounce back loan which is now open for applications via the bank with which you have a business account. The fast-tracked scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 with the cash available within days.

The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.

It doesn’t matter whether you have received a cash grant or not – you can still apply for a bounce back loan.

Government has also recently announced a new discretionary top-up fund to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant scheme.  At present, the details of the scheme have not been announced, just some high-level indications of which businesses it is aimed to support.

As soon as guidance is released, we will update the council website with details and will let businesses know how to access and where to get help if there are queries.

Cllr Jabbar added: “We know there are a number of small businesses in Oldham who have found that they do not meet the criteria of the cash grants scheme – such as those who pay business rates via their landlord.

“We have been lobbying government to recognise this anomaly and I’m sure the top up scheme will be welcome news.

“We are still awaiting further guidance from government and will provide an update when this is available.”

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Community groups and businesses are throwing their weight behind the campaign to raise money for the emergency community response to coronavirus.

A new Business Park and nearly 100 new homes have been given the  go ahead by Oldham Council's planning Committee.

Oldham is submitting a bid for Oldham town centre to the Government’s new Future High Streets Fund.

For every commercial business that is bought or sold within the OL postcode the Pearson commercial conveyancing team are donating £5 to help Oldham Mayor Cllr Javid Iqbal realise his charity target.

Cycle Centre Oldham have outgrown their premises in Lees and have moved to new premises in Shaw Road Oldham, Cycle Centre Oldham is owned by local businessman Paul smith who is a keen cyclist.


An Oldham couple had a day to remember after heading straight from their wedding to pick up the keys to their brand new home.

Run down former Oldham Labour club in Delph is going under the hammer.

Local MP Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East & Saddleworth along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham,  launched a £5.9 million housing scheme aimed at a range of buyers from the town.

House prices in Greater Manchester are up to nine times higher than the average salary according to Official data released by the Department for Communities and Local Government.