Howard Sykes MBE and the Oldham Liberal Democrats have consistently campaigned
on environmental issues, locally and nationally. At a time when climate
change activists are taking to the streets to campaign against the negative
effects of climate change. Councillor Sykes MBE reveals the Council’s
weak policy when it comes to shale gas extraction (also known as
Fracking). Councillor Sykes MBE has
challenged Council Bosses on their Fracking position.
Fracking policy within the 2013-2020 environmental strategy is incredibly
vague. Within the document, shale gas extraction is mentioned as
something the Council will consider. There is a possibility fracking can take
place locally. No Fracking currently takes place in Oldham Borough, but
this weak policy means it might happen soon.
have green countryside and a stable water table in the North West of
England. Let us not be the Councillors who destroy livelihoods for future
generations in the pursuit of short-term financial gain.”
strongly believe this Council’s environmental strategy does not go far
enough. I think Oldham Council must take
a clearer position on this issue that can wreak havoc to our environment.”
Sykes MBE goes further to call for a Boroughwide ban on fracking. He says Oldham Borough Council needs to
tighten up the ambiguous policy on fracking locally and calls upon the Council
Leader to take a stance.
Howard Sykes MBE has welcomed plans agreed by Liberal Democrat Conference 14th-17th
September 2019, which he attended, to tackle economic, social and environmental
conference held last month in Bournemouth debated net zero-carbon emissions in
the UK by 2045. It also aimed to tackle
the ever-growing number of Young Carers who are still missing out on important
life skills due to heavy care responsibilities.
Conference voted to draw clear support guidelines for Young Carers and
declare a series of initiatives to combat the UK’s carbon footprint.
Liberal Democrats also backed a radical tax shake up for businesses. Liberal Democrats have already brought the
issue forward locally in Oldham Borough at the July 2019 Council meeting. They want big companies to pay their fair
share just like everyone else and reject Conservative proposals to turn Britain
into a ‘tax haven’ exclusively for the rich.
Sykes MBE says these manifesto ideas are an absolute necessity:
local councils a legal duty to become carbon neutral is vital. The Liberal Democrats have started this
conversation. Now it is time to act. We want to decarbonise every element of
society and preserve this world for the next generation.”
knows current business taxes are too complicated, misleading and easily avoided
by large multinationals. Everyone should
pay their fair share! This is especially
poignant when families are struggling to make ends meet have to pay tax as
“I applaud the thousands of Young Carers up and down the country for the
commitment to who they care for. The
level of support these young people get from councils and the government is
still not good enough. I am proud the
Liberal Democrats have a plan to tackle these issues.”
Oldham Liberal Democrat councillors are aware of allegations
currently circulating on social media with regards to historic child sexual
exploitation and the suggestion of a subsequent cover up by senior Labour
councillors and council officers dating back to 2013.
Consequently, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats’ on Oldham Council, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE has raised the matter the Chief Executive of Oldham Council Dr Carolyn Wilkins on the 9 September 2019, to establish how the Council intends to deal with these allegations in order to restore public confidence.
Councillor Sykes said: “Although
no contact has been made by anyone making allegations, it is only right and
proper that in view of the scale and momentum of these allegations that they
properly investigated and refuted, confirming the outcome of the 2013
investigation. Alternatively, if there were failings and/or
fresh evidence comes to light, that the appropriate authorities take action, be
that with regards to serving or former councillors, council officers or any
On Thursday 26th September 2019, Councillor Chris Gloster, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, who is a trained safeguarding lead in Oldham met with the Chief Executive Dr Wilkins, Rebekah Sutcliffe, Strategic Director of Reform, and Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of the Council Administration to seek reassurance that these allegations were not being ignored and to establish what steps were being taken to address them.
Councillor Gloster said: “As
a result of this meeting I am pleased to confirm that two separate independent
investigations are to take place, one looking at the Council’s response in
2013, and a review of the criminal allegations by Greater Manchester Police’s
Major Crime Review Team. It would be
inappropriate to comment further whilst these reviews are taking place but as
the Opposition it is our role to hold the Council to account and we will expect
to be fully briefed as to the outcomes and ensure the investigation is both
rigorous, clear and transparent’.