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Metrolink line to Oldham set to open

Metrolink services to and from Oldham Mumps are scheduled to open to the public for the first time on Wednesday 13 June, subject to final testing.

The first in-service tram to Oldham Mumps is scheduled to leave Manchester Victoria at 5.24am on Wednesday, calling at all eight stops along the new line – Monsall, Central Park, Newton Heath & Moston, Failsworth, Hollinwood, South Chadderton, Freehold and Oldham Mumps (temporary).

It will then become the first in-service tram to depart Oldham Mumps, leaving at 6am. Journeys from Mumps to Manchester city centre will take around 25 minutes.

Services will run every 12 minutes. A six-minute service will be introduced as patronage grows and capacity through Manchester city centre increases.

“This is welcome and long over due,” stated local Shaw Lib Dem Councillor Howard Sykes. “We still have no news when the line will open to Shaw and Crompton. My colleagues and I will continue to press for this to happen as soon as possible.”

Tickets to any of the stops in Manchester city centre, up to and including Deangsate-Castlefield, start at £3.20 for a peak ‘anytime’ single from the Oldham Mumps-Hollinwood stops, or £2.30 from the Failsworth-Monsall stops.

An ‘anytime’ return ticket for the same trip will be £4.80 from the Oldham Mumps-Hollinwood stops, and £3.40 from the Failsworth-Monsall stops. Off-peak (9.30am onwards) equivalents will be £3.50 and £2.80 respectively.

Further savings can be made with special day, weekend, family and group passes, as well as longer term tickets, including weeklies, four-weeklies, quarterlies and annuals.

Monsall, Central Park, Freehold and South Chadderton are all brand new destinations, while the stops at Mumps, Hollinwood, Failsworth and Newton Heath & Moston, which were served by the Oldham Loop until it closed as a heavy rail line in October 2009, have been completely rebuilt.

Once complete, the decked car park at Hollinwood, which is currently under construction, will provide almost 200 park-and-ride spaces exclusively for the use of Metrolink passengers. Up to 100 spaces will be provided in the interim.

As part of Metrolink’s commitment to improving cycle parking facilities across the existing and future network, cycle stands are available at Freehold, Hollinwood, Failsworth, Newton Heath & Moston and Monsall, with cycle lockers also available at Freehold, Hollinwood and Failsworth.

All services will call through Manchester city centre and then travel on to the South Manchester line, ending at St Werburgh’s Road in Chorlton.

Passengers can connect with services to Bury at Victoria and services to Altrincham, Eccles and MediaCityUK in Manchester city centre or at Cornbrook. They can also link up with bus services at Central Park and Shudehill, or heavy rail services at Manchester Victoria.

Environmental action – come and join in!

Shaw & Crompton Parish Council have teamed up with Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale to host ten FREE events on green space sites across Shaw & Crompton.

The aim of these events is to connect local people to their environment and encourage people of all ages to use their local green spaces.

For more details or to book your place contact Suzanne Walton:
T: 0161 624 1444
M: 07899 792422
E: suzanne.walton@groundwork.org.uk
www.gwor.org.uk

INTRODUCTION TO BUSHCRAFT
Sunday 27th May 2012 (12.30-3.30pm)
Jubilee Nature Site, take the track to the left of Jubilee Inn

Harvest natural materials from Jubilee Nature Site and learn how to build your own outdoor shelter. Find out how to use a bushcraft knife safely and how to light a fire.

ORIENTEERING ON CROMPTON MOOR
Sunday 10th June 2012 (1-3pm)
Meet at Brushes Clough car park, off Buckstones Road

Come along to Crompton Moor for a fun introduction to orienteering. Learn basic orienteering skills and map orientation. All ages are welcome and activities can be done at your own pace.

JUBILEE ACTION DAY
Sunday 8th July 2012 (1-3pm)
Jubilee Nature Site, take the track to the left of Jubilee Inn

Help to conserve an important local heritage and environmental site. The day will involve light habitat management activities including the control of invasive plant species.

FOOTPATH WORKS
Sunday 12th August 2012 (10.30am -3.30pm)
Site to be confirmed – either Dunwood Park or Crompton Moor

Find out how the local footpaths are maintained and join a work party to repair a length of footpath.

BULB PLANTING
Sunday 9th September 2012 (1pm -3.pm)
Site to be confirmed – possibly High Crompton Park

Help to make the park more colourful in the spring by planting bulbs in the autumn.

FAMILY FUN IN THE WOODS
Sunday 14th October 2012 (11am -3pm)
Dunwood Park

Come and explore the woods and discover what lives in and under the trees. Take part in insect and scavenger hunts.

HOMES FOR MAMMALS, BIRDS AND INVERTEBRATES
Sunday 18th November 2012 (1-3pm)
Jubilee Nature Site, take the track to the left of Jubilee Inn

Find out more about our local wildlife and how to help them survive the winter. Make a variety of homes for the nature site and to take home to your gardens.

NATURAL CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
Sunday 9th December 2012 (12.30-3.30pm)
Community Room at Dunwood Park

Join us to make Christmas decorations to take home using natural materials.

WOODLAND MANAGEMENT & HOT POTATOES
Sunday 13th January 2013 (10.30am -3.30pm)
Crompton Moor, meet at Brushes Clough car park, off Buckstones Road

Help to maintain our local woodlands to improve the biodiversity and enjoy a hot potato during your break.

WILDFLOWER PLANTING
Sunday 10th March 2013 (1pm-3pm)
Site to be confirmed – possibly George’s Playing Field Pond

Come and help us plant wildflowers around the pond to encourage wildlife to the area.

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.

CHANGES TO WASTE COLLECTION

Please be aware that the Waste Management Department will be making changes to Oldham’s waste collection services starting Monday 11th June 2012.

Residents will be glad to know that the majority of the Shaw & Crompton area remains relatively unaffected by this change.

This means resident’s collection system between their old and new calendars will continue as normal i.e. General Rubbish one week Glass, Cans and Plastic Bottles the next.

There is a small area in Crompton (see map above) which will experience a change of collection week. Bins in this area should have been stickered to explain the changes and new collections until their new collection calendar starts.

If you have any query regarding your waste collections please contact:

• website: www.oldham.gov.uk/waste where we have published all relevant information
• telephone Contact Oldham on 0161 770 6644 where operatives are ready to assist residents with the changes
• email: waste@oldham.gov.uk where operatives will respond to residents with any queries directly

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.