Newsletter, March 2022

A brief summary of what’s in our March 2022 newsletter…

We’ve more news about improvements to Dawson’s Field plus plans to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Hopefully at long last there seems to be some progress on accessibility at Greenfield station, but the news isn’t so positive about electric vehicle charging points at the new Saddleworth School…

Electric vehicle charging points for the new Saddleworth School

Last month we reported that we’d been told that there isn’t sufficient funding for electric vehicle charging points for the new multi-million-pound Saddleworth School, which is nearing completion in Diggle.

SPC isn’t happy about the fact that millions have been spent on a new school yet there aren’t sufficient additional funds to install charging points. With electric vehicles becoming such an important part of meeting global goals on climate change, not to mention SPC’s own commitment to becoming carbon neutral, we will continue to lobby for these points to be installed.

In the meantime, all we can do is to say, please watch this space…

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Sadly, there is no funding available at the moment for electric vehicle charging points at Saddleworth School

We were hoping that the new multi-million-pound Saddleworth School, which is nearing completion in Diggle, would include four electric vehicle charging points and that an additional two charging points could be installed at the residents’ car park off Huddersfield road.

However, after discussions with the Unity Partnership (who deliver a range of services to Oldham residents on behalf of the council), it appears that there isn’t sufficient funding available at the moment. However, they do say they “will keep these sites in mind for when a suitable funding opportunity does arise”.

So, all we can do at this stage is to say, please watch this space…

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A unanimous thumbs-up for a perimeter hedge around Dawson’s Field – and rebuilt walls

SPC has unanimously approved the scheme to plant a perimeter hedge around Dawson’s Field in Scouthead as part of a scheme to plant trees and restore woodlands for the people and wildlife of Greater Manchester.

Village volunteers Paul and Joan Sykes, with the support of the Austerlands and Scouthead Village Association, managed to secure an investment from City of Trees, an initiative that aims to deliver a green recovery and address the climate emergency by working with communities, organisations and businesses.

The hedge is set to form a section of the Northern Forest in Saddleworth, a 25-year vision to plant 50 million trees between Liverpool and Hull, organised by the Woodland Trust and the Community Forest Trust

Parish and borough councillors have also secured the rebuilding of the walls around Dawson’s Field.

Read more about this scheme at:

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While we’re on the subject of trees…

2022 is Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and we’re busy planning events to celebrate her long reign.

As reported in our last newsletter, we are considering planting a tree – possibly a fruit tree – in every village, perhaps with a time capsule placed underneath for future generations to discover what the residents of Saddleworth were doing in 2022.

We are also still thinking about a 1950s themed event at the Civic Hall (time to dust off those winklepickers!) and we’d be interested to hear from anyone who was born on the day of Accession: 6th February 1952.

So, watch this space. And if you were born on that date, please get in touch – you might just

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Progress at last for accessibility for all at Greenfield Station?

Built in the 19th century, Greenfield Railway Station is notoriously difficult to access for those with walking difficulties or parents with prams and pushchairs, and impossible to access by wheelchair users for return journeys from Manchester to Huddersfield.

SPC has been pushing for accessibility for all for an unbelievable 27 years.

We’ve recently been in touch with Network Rail again who tell us that “as part of our Transpennine Route Upgrade, we’re planning to change that, and are developing new designs for Greenfield to enhance accessibility. This will most likely come in the form of new lifts and a new footbridge so that all platforms can be accessed completely step free”.

The scheme is still very much at drawing-board stage, but it’s hoped that work will be completed between the mid-to-late 2020s.

So that looks like good news, at long last!

We will bring you more news in future newsletters.