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No First Bus services in Oldham Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 January 2022

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.

First say they are actively communicating the latest position with regards travel and refunds. Customers with pre-bought tickets for both dates will be given a refund or replacement tickets to use for future travel. Further information can be found on www.firstbus.co.uk/greater-manchester/news-and-service-updates/planned-changes/industrial-action-18th-20th-jan

Clean Air Zone “isn’t fair and is fundraising”

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.”

Questions needs to be asked of Pennine Care after missed opportunities to save a life


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”

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant: apply now

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. 

The grants are being distributed by Oldham Council and applications can be made at www.oldham.gov.uk/omicrongrant 

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. 

Burnham must keep his promises: clean air and no job losses

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/DUCKWORTH STREET SHAW – TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING NOTICE 2022 – Friday 14 January 2022

Manhole works Friday 14th January 2022 between 9.30am & 3.30pm.

Apols for any confusion these works were originally planned for Tuesday 4th January.

Road closure and diversion details.

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.

Next Groundwork Princess Trust programme in Shaw

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 joanne.shaw@groundwork.org.uk  alternatively please contact Shiny Rahman Prince’s Trust assistant team leader on 07715 619 519 or email him on shiny.rahman@groundwork.org.uk 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/DUCKWORTH STREET SHAW – TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING NOTICE 2022 – 14 January 2022

Manhole works Tuesday 14th January 2022 between 9.30am & 3.30pm

Road closure and diversion details.

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

FIRST MANCHESTER CONFIRMS INDUSTRIAL ACTION AT ITS OLDHAM DEPOT ON MONDAY 10 AND TUESDAY 11 JANUARY 2022

The Oldham depot will be taking industrial action on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 January 2022.

No services will operate on either day including school services and the Yellow School Bus service.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION USE THE LINK BELOW:

https://www.firstbus.co.uk/greater-manchester/news-and-service-updates/news/industrial-action-oldham-depot-monday-10-and

Missed waste collections in Shaw and Crompton Friday 7 January 22

Please be aware that due to the weather conditions, as well as ongoing staff absences due to covid, some waste collections in Shaw and Crompton have not taken place today.

Therefore there are outstanding collections for:

Grey bin (refuse) waste

Green bin (food and garden) waste

Refuse is due to be collected tomorrow morning, Saturday 8th January

Food and garden waste is due to be collected Monday 10th January in the morning

Residents are advised that they should leave their bins out for collection and the council have said they will endeavour to return for them.