I have just been informed by First Bus the following.
Unite have confirmed two further days of industrial action at our Oldham depot next week.
First Bus are now advising customers to plan for alternative travel arrangements on Tuesday 18 & Thursday 20 January 2022 when no services will operate on both days. This includes school services and the Yellow School Bus. Some routes will be covered by alternative services and details can be found on the Transport for Greater Manchester website www.tfgm.com. The Vantage V1 and V2 services, based at a depot in Bolton for routes from Leigh and Atherton to Manchester Royal Infirmary, are unaffected.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani has challenged Andy Burnham’s assertion to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (11/01/22) that the Clean Air Zone was not aimed at raising funds, and that the intention was that people should see that it was fair.
He said: “The money raised from the Clean Air Zone has to go into projects to address transport issues and reduce pollution. If Andy Burnham means it when he says that this charge is not for fundraising, he should get the ten local authorities to commit that every penny raised goes into helping businesses to pay for the upgraded vehicles that they need to avoid the charge.
“He is calling on the Government to commit the money to pay for this hardship fund. Well, I think we shouldn’t be telling the Government what to do, we should be showing them.”
Burnham’s manifesto committed Greater Manchester to implementing the Clean Air Zone, while promising that not a single job or business would be lost as a result.
Councillor Al-Hamdani continued: “I believe in a fairer way. I believe that if the Labour-run local authorities were really committed to this not being a ‘stealth tax’, they would plough all of that money back into helping local businesses to thrive and be environmentally friendly at the same time.
“If that can’t be delivered, then this unfair implementation of a Clean Air Zone needs to be scrapped before another penny is wasted, and other ways found to cut air pollution.
“People in our region work hard. They are fair. They can see when someone else is doing the same. At the moment, they don’t see it in Andy Burnham’s Clean Air Zone proposals.”
Shadow Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care and Crompton Councillor Louie Hamblett as written to the Joint Scrutiny Committee for Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust Chair Councillor Colin McLaren to ask for an agenda item regarding the coroner’s report last year after multiple opportunities were missed to help the patient needs to be placed on the 18th January meeting.
This is in regards to the community Eating Disorder Service to ensure what measure has and will be in place to prevent future deaths and what powers has been taken to ensure such actions.
This comes after the news the trust had been ordered to take urgent action after a woman with anorexia died after opportunities to engage with health services were missed, following a coroner’s report last year.
Councillor Hamblett added “Pennine Care take on a lot of responsibility by covering six different towns but that should be no reason for allowing standards to slip, we should hold them to account for this and for allowing seriously ill patients to discharged when deep down they know they could do something to ensure that person could potentially live.”
He finally added with “The Scrutiny Committee is a place where we as elected members who represent our residents and in some cases patients of Pennine Care need to hold the Trust to account to ensure they are getting the best service possible”
Oldham businesses can now apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.
The latest coronavirus business grant will see eligible businesses receive one off grants of up to £6,000.
Businesses in the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors can apply including pubs, restaurants and cafes, soft play, wedding and event venues and more. Accommodation businesses such as B&Bs, hotels and guest houses are also eligible.
We will also be writing to local businesses within the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors to tell them about the scheme and how to apply.
The latest grant scheme is available for hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses which pay business rates with grants awarded as follows:
Rateable Value of business: £15,000 or below – one off grant of £2,667 £15,001–£50,999 – one off grant of £4,000 £51,000 or over – one off grant of £6,000 Businesses must apply for the grant before Thursday 24 February 2022, when the scheme will close.
Eligible businesses Hospitality Food courts Public houses/pub restaurants Restaurants Roadside restaurants Wine bars Cafés Leisure Casinos and gambling clubs Cinemas Museums and art galleries Stately homes and historic houses Theatres Zoos and safari parks Amusement parks Wedding venues Events venues Night clubs and discotheques Arenas Concert halls Tourist attractions Theme parks Amusement arcades Soft play centres or areas Indoor riding centres Clubs and institutions Village halls and scout huts, cadet huts, etc.
Accommodation Caravan parks Caravan sites and pitches Chalet parks Coaching inns Country house hotels Guesthouses Hostels Hotels Lodge Holiday apartments, Cottages or bungalows Campsites Boarding houses Canal boats or other vessels B&Bs Catered holiday homes Holiday homes
Ineligible businesses include those: Not on the rating list In administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made That have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances Not trading on 30 December 2021 Not in the Hospitality, Leisure or Accommodation sectors and/or where 50% or more of the overall business does not fall into one of these categories
The guidance issued by the Government also excludes the following businesses: All retail businesses Coach tour operators, and tour operators Private dwellings Education accommodation, Food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes) Residential homes, care homes and residential family centres For more information, full eligibility criteria and to make an application, visit www.oldham.gov.uk/omicrongrant
When applying you must answer all the questions on the form and include a recent copy of your bank statement.
Andy Burnham must keep his manifesto promise to clean up air pollution in Greater Manchester without “the loss of a single job or business”.
His plans to implement a Clean Air Zone – following the instructions of the Conservative Government – were clear in his manifesto but have come under withering public attack as the implementation date nears.
“The Liberal Democrats have a simple message for Mayor Burnham,” said Oldham’s Opposition Leader and Transport Spokesperson for Greater Manchester, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE. “Keep your promises, or admit you were elected on a platform you couldn’t stick to. You need to pause and re-think the whole scheme, and you need to do it now!”
The Clean Air Zone is being introduced because there are an estimated 1,200 deaths a year in Greater Manchester because of air pollution, and that must be dealt with. Mayor Burnham claimed that his Clean Air Zone would do that, and that it would be managed to ensure no business would be damaged.
“Those lost lives need to be addressed but not at the expense of lost jobs,” stated Councillor Sykes. “This is a Conservative Government instruction being implemented without thought and in a rush by a Labour Mayor and the 10 local authority Leaders.”
“Even if people wanted to comply, they cannot as the supply chain is not robust enough to deliver the conversions or new complainant vehicles in time and that assumes people can afford them!” He added.
Councillor Sykes continued: “We know that people’s jobs are under threat, with this coming on the back of the Conservative’s record-breaking taxes, with businesses still restricted by the coronavirus pandemic, and the botched trading arrangements with the EU that the Government is now abdicating responsibility for.”
“Air quality monitoring across Greater Manchester is patently inadequate. Government funding to help businesses upgrade is insufficient. The Mayor promised to speed up the introduction of electric charging points, and has completely failed,” he stated.
“Think again, the scheme needs a radical re-think. Failing to tackle air pollution is failing the thousands of people who are dying because of it every year. We need a clean air strategy that works, not a Mayor driving blind, and risking thousands of jobs in Oldham and across the region.”
Oak Street, Shaw from a point 29 metres south east of its junction with Gordon Street for a distance of 22 metres in a south westerly direction.
Duckworth Street, Shaw from its junction with Oak Street for a distance of 10 metres in a westerly direction The One-Way traffic restriction on Duckworth Street from Greaves Street to Oak Street will be revoked for the period of this notice.
The restrictions are required to facilitate manhole works and will be in force between 9.30am and 3pm on Friday 14th January 2022 or until the works are completed whichever is the lesser period.
The alternative route for those affected by the restriction is Beal Lane, Milnrow Road, Linney Lane in both directions.
The next Oldham Prince’s Trust 12 week personal development programme, will start on Monday 24th January 2022.
The team will be based and run from Shaw and Crompton Parish Council, 1 Kershaw Street East, Shaw, OL2 8AB.
The programme is Full Time and runs Monday to Friday 9.30 am – 4 pm.
The 12 week programme is open to any unemployed young person aged 19 – 25 yrs old, over the 12 weeks the young people work on different key skills whilst working together to carry out a variety of challenges.
Included in the programme are 4 days of team building activities around the Peak District, activities include abseiling, rock climbing, caving, mountain walking, problem solving and bush craft.
The young people will be returning home after each daily activity. Transport will be provided for each team member to participate in the daily activities, all food, drinks and equipment will be provided for each young person. (Please note that there are NO overnight stays).
The team also plan and carry out different fundraisers to pay for materials for their Community Project, the community project takes place over weeks 4,5 and 6, this is when the team will improve an area in the local community of Oldham. The young people also get the opportunity to carry out a work placement, plan and carry out a team challenge, which involves working with a disadvantaged group in the community, the team then plan and carry out a formal presentation, where the young people invite their parents, friends, support workers and other people / organisations that have directly worked with the team over the programme.
There is a very informal Registration Day, this allows any young person to come along and to find out more about the programme, they are able to bring family, a friend, family friend or support worker for morale support if they wish.
The Registration Day will take place on Wednesday 19th January 2022 from 11 am until 3pm at Shaw and Crompton Parish Council, 1 Kershaw Street East, Shaw, OL2 8AB.
The whole programme is FREE, we provide a weekly travel voucher and in most cases the benefits will not be affected.
We also provide support with Literacy and Numeracy over the programme.
Please note that any young person does have to be in receipt of a benefit to access our TEAM programme.
If you work with or know of any young people who would benefit from this unique 12 week programme, please give Jo Shaw a ring on 07739 978 791 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively please contact Shiny Rahman Prince’s Trust assistant team leader on 07715 619 519 or email him on email@example.com and we will arrange to meet the young person.
We are available to complete a home visit or if they prefer they can come to the team room.
Oak Street, Shaw from a point 29 metres south east of its junction with Gordon Street for a distance of 22 metres in a south westerly direction
Duckworth Street, Shaw from its junction with Oak Street for a distance of 10 metres in a westerly direction. The One-Way traffic restriction on Duckworth Street from Greaves Street to Oak Street will be revoked for the period of this notice
The restrictions are required to facilitate manhole works and will be in force between 9.30am and 3pm on Tuesday 14th January 2022 or until the works are completed whichever is the lesser period
The alternative route for those affected by the restriction is Beal Lane, Milnrow Road, Linney Lane in both directions