People allowed to return to more homes

As a result of the explosion on Buckley Street Shaw on Tuesday Greater Manchester Police together with Fire Service and Oldham Council placed a cordon on the affected locality.

The original cordon on Tuesday meant that around 270 properties were displaced
On Tuesday night the number reduced to 143.

Currently there are 65 properties that cannot access their home.

They hope to reduce this to 50 today.

This will mean that by the end of the 4th day residents will have returned to 220 properties.

Unfortunately those houses at the centre of the explosion are contained within the crime scene and all still require careful assessment prior to any decision being made regarding the structural safety.

For any information regarding the current status of your affected property please contact Oldham Council on 0161 770 7770.

Greater Manchester Police would urge anyone with information regarding the incident on Buckley Street to come forward and speak to the police on 0161 856 8959 or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Oldham Council is making final arrangements for some residents affected by the Shaw explosion to return to their homes this afternoon.

Most – but not all – residents with homes on Oak Street and Gordon Street are to be given access today as the first part of a phased process.

Many of these properties will still be without utility services at this stage.

Oldham Council is working closely with utilities firms to restore these as soon as possible.

Residents can collect items they wish to take away or, if they wish, reoccupy their homes.

If residents in these properties have already contacted Oldham Council with their details then a Housing Officer will be in touch with them shortly. They will arrange to meet residents and take them to their home.

Unless you are contacted to meet a Housing Officer, residents are asked not to approach the cordoned area as you will not be able to gain access.

If you are a resident wanting to access your home – but have not yet contacted Oldham Council direct – then you should either: Call 0161 770 7770 and give them your details; or visit the Rest Centre at Crompton House school today.

Jubilee and Milnrow Road Bridge coping stones

Update on the coping stones removed from Jubilee and Milnrow Road Bridge.

An equivalent of 30m in length has been taken and are being utilised at Dunwood Park.

The remainder, the District Environment Manager who covers Shaw and Crompton, will take delivery of and store them for use at a later date on a scheme(s) within Shaw or Crompton.

If you think local – vote local

If you think local – vote local

This Thursday 3rd May, local people will vote in the local elections. Their vote will not change the Government but will elect a local Councillor.

The choice you have for a Councillor for this area are: one who has lived here all his life and who has a track record of standing up for Shaw or the Labour candidate from Royton who claims to live in the area!

It has been my honour and privilege to be your Councillor for more than 25 years. I am now asking for your support on Thursday.

This local election is important for local residents. It has only been one year since Labour has been in charge of Oldham Council. Here in Shaw we have already seen the closure of our tip; a massive increase in fly-tipping; dirtier streets and open spaces; and now Labour are trying to close our swimming baths.

Yet Labour (supported by the Conservatives) are looking to build a new pool in Royton, like the one they built in another Labour favoured area – Chadderton.

Many local residents have been telling us how much they appreciate the all year round work and action by the Liberal Democrat team here in Shaw Ward.

I and my colleagues all live locally and we always keep in touch with the ‘FOCUS’ leaflets – 30 years of action in total! As many residents keep saying, “You never hear from the other parties outside of election time”.

This election is going to be very close, between myself and Labour’s candidate from Royton. Just 98 votes separated the Lib Dems and Labour last year.

We need to send a clear message to Labour bosses at Oldham Council that Shaw deserves a fair deal.

We can win, but only with your support. By voting for me – Howard Sykes – you can ensure that I will continue to fight for the best deal for local people.

Best wishes – Howard Sykes

PS – This year’s local elections are not about the Government or national politics. They are about local issues and local people. They are about doing what’s best for Shaw and its residents.

Howard’s Personal Manifesto

Howard Campaigning to Save Shaw Baths Last Weekend

I’m Howard Sykes and I’d like to outline why I deserve your vote.

First and foremost I am a local lad, having grown up in Shaw and still living in the heart of the town – something which cannot be said for some of my opponents.

I and my colleagues work hard all year to get the views of local residents.

I listen to what people have to say and make sure these views are taken account of.

I can be contacted at; via email; phone; my address in Shaw and, at my regular advice centres.

I’ve fought hard for the things people tell me they want to see for themselves and their families, such as a new health centre, improvements to the roads and to tackle anti social behaviour.

There have been some successes recently with highway works completed on Grains Road and Beal Lane and alley- gates have been installed in a number of locations.

I have also been heavily involved with the successful bid to attract £1m of investment into Dunwood Park and in the recent improvements to Crompton Moor/Brushes Clough.

But I know there’s more to do.

I am the only candidate campaigning to save Shaw Baths from closure because I believe that the people of Shaw need this amenity in the local area rather than having to travel to Royton.

I’m also working hard for local people fighting the effects of the closure of Beal Hey Tip, and the increased litter and fly tipping being experienced as a result.

No wonder all some candidates in this election want to talk about is national politics.

This is a local election about local issues and about who is best placed to represent Shaw on Oldham Council.

I do hope I can count on YOUR support on Thursday 3rd May.

Best wishes and many thanks for reading this post.