I have been informed by the Council that due to low staffing levels, as a result of positive Covid cases and other sickness related absences they have had to reduce the opening hours temporarily for Royton, Lees, Failsworth, Crompton and Uppermill libraries.
They will now close at 5pm on Mondays to Thursdays, instead of 7pm. The footfall in the evenings is extremely low and hope that this short term measure will not prove to be too much of an inconvenience for customers. They will review again in a few weeks and aim to have the hours fully reinstated by February.
All other libraries’ opening hours are unaffected and ensures we still have an evening offer across the network, especially Oldham where we are busiest .
Due to an increased number of Covid -19 cases within the workforce this morning the council have unfortunately had to drop one of the organic (food and garden) collection rounds which covers Shaw and Crompton.
The council will unfortunately not be returning for any missed green bins which are out for collection and that they will now endeavour to collect on their next scheduled collection day (Friday 31st December).
They apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
After several months of procedural delays, Boundary Park has again been listed as an Asset of Community Value, with Oldham Athletic Supporters Foundation getting it successfully added to the listings.
Local Liberal Democrat Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani, who has been working with the Foundation to get the status for the ground said: “It is a great relief for the listing to go through. It’s by no means perfect protection, but with the previous listing due to expire in the New Year even that protection has been under threat. It has taken several months of chasing to ensure that it has been renewed.”
The listing, which covers Boundary Park and the Little Wembley training ground, means that the owner cannot sell the ground without notifying the Council, and puts a set time period in place during which the Foundation would be able to bid for the ground. It does not, however, guarantee that the owners would have to sell it to the Foundation.
Councillor Al-Hamdani, who last week also successfully moved a motion to support the Football Supporters Association’s (FSA) Fair Game proposals, and the Government’s fan-led review, continued: “Boundary Park is something that people across the country associate with Oldham. The Latics are part of the community, and it is all too easy for owners to forget that without the fans, there is no club.
“I still want to see the Council do more – I believe there should be fan representation on the Safety Advisory Group which issues the safety certificate for the ground – in line with FSA recommendations, and that their minutes should be made public, as other councils do.
“Fans deserve more. They are the constant in a club’s life. The FSA have been saying this for years, and the Government’s fan-led review has backed them. I want to see Oldham Athletic hitting the headlines for the good that they could do, not because they are banning supporters from the stands.”
Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Howard Sykes MBE has received an early Christmas present – confirmation that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait will be on display at the Civic Centre by the start of HM’s Platinum Jubilee year in 2022.
In late October, Councillor Sykes wrote to the Council Leader and Chief Executive asking for portraits to be displayed in the Council Chamber and at the Civic Entrance Reception, and he is ‘delighted’ that his request has now been agreed to.
Commenting on the good news, Councillor Sykes said: “Our Queen is both our country’s longest reigning monarch and our ultimate public servant, having for seventy years served this nation faithfully as Head of State. In 2022, we will have the opportunity to celebrate this achievement and to give our thanks for our Sovereign’s dedication to public life.”
“It is also doubly important now in the Covid-19 pandemic, as she once again demonstrates real leadership, as she did earlier in the pandemic, in stark contrast to the shambles at No. 10 Downing Street,” added Councillor Sykes
“In my view it is only fitting that we properly mark this Platinum Jubilee milestone by having portraits of our Queen on display at the Civic entrance and in the Council Chamber itself. Having met the Queen in person I, for one, will find her presence inspiring.”
There will be several changes to opening hours of council services over the Christmas period; all of which are on the Council’s our website here. Some of the main changes are detailed below:
The Oldham Council switchboard will be closed from 4pm on Friday 24 December, and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 4 January
The Contact Centre phone lines will close from 4pm on Friday 24 December but re-open on Wednesday 29, Thursday 30 and Friday 31 December, 9am–3pm for anyone wanting to report missed bins, fly tipping and street cleansing. People can also report these online as normal.
All phone lines will fully reopen at 9am on Tuesday 4 January.
For out of hours emergency social services enquiries, people can call 0161 770 6936
Our First Response team is available in an emergency on 0161 770 2222
Our Helpline is open on 0161 770 7007 for those concerned about their wellbeing, who are struggling financially, or who need food over Christmas. Opening times are Friday 24 December 9am–12noon; Wednesday 29 December 10am – 1pm; Thursday 30 December 10am – 1pm and Friday 31 December 9am–12noon.
Huge efforts are underway to step up the vaccine delivery programme across Oldham, to ensure that everyone can access a booster jab before the New Year.
With the significant rise in Covid cases across the UK, vaccination is the best way to be protected from serious illness, having to go to hospital or dying as a result of Covid. It also reduces the chance of getting Covid and passing it on to others.
From Monday, 20 December, a new vaccination site will be open at Chadderton Town Hall; initially offering walk-in appointments but soon to be offering both walk-ins and bookable appointments.
Meanwhile, the existing vaccine sites remain open for walk-ins every day, for people wanting any of their Coronavirus vaccinations, whether a first dose, second dose or booster. These sites are operating at:
The Dinwoodie Centre, Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, Oldham, OL1 2JH Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8.30am–7.30pm Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 8.30am–5.30pm
The Millennium Centre, Featherstall Road North, Oldham, OL9 6QB. 12 noon – 7pm every Wednesday
The European Islamic Centre, 79 Manchester Road, Oldham, OL8 4LN. 12 noon – 7pm every Sunday
Chadderton Town Hall will be operating walk-in appointments from Monday 20 to Thursday 23 December, 8.30am to 6pm, and on Friday 24 December from 8.30am to 1pm.