On Tuesday, 21 July Shaw and Crompton held its first Community Market Place.
The Community Market Place is a different sort of meeting for the public. It is an informal setting where various organisations set up a ‘stall’ which allows members of the public to browse and stop and chat with them as they wish. It was held in the main hall of the Lifelong Learning Centre, High Street, Shaw and over 50 people and about 15 organisations attended.
Local Lib Dem Crompton Councillor Diane Williamson and Chair of the District Executive said: “Tuesday’s meeting was different from what we have done before. Local Shaw and Crompton Councillors decided to try this new approach as a way of allowing residents to talk with other organisations they frequently use as well as direct them to organisations that they may need to use in the future.”
Attending the event were the Shaw and Crompton Councillors, as well as Metrolink, First Bus, Housing 21, FCHO, Guinness, Oldham Community Leisure, Mahdlo, Macmillan, Community Safety and the Police, Environmental Services, plus Shaw & Crompton Parish Councillors
“We are looking at holding a similar event in about six months’ time, where we are hoping more organisations and residents attend,” said Shaw Lib Dem Councillor Howard Sykes MBE.
Once the Market Place event was over local Councillors then held the more formal and traditional District Executive.
At that meeting Councillor Diane Williamson and Councillor Howard Sykes proposed and seconded a resolution asking Oldham Council to bring forward proposals about improving highway and pedestrian safety at the junction of Fraser Street, Chamber Road and Rochdale Road.
“Both Shaw and Crompton Councillors are contacted regularly about this junction and we are doing what residents are asking us; which is to see what can be done to make that bit of Rochdale Road safer,” said Councillor Diane Williamson.