Latest press releases

Join in 'Clean & Grow' in Failsworth

Get Oldham Growing

Published on Wednesday, 04th March 2015

Oldham Council and Groundwork are encouraging Failsworth residents to take part in a day of action to prepare the ground for a new community growing space.

Roger McGough

Oldham's Bookmark Festival returns

Published on Tuesday, 03rd March 2015

Oldham Council and residents have two reasons to celebrate – the Bookmark Festival is back and we’ve also been awarded £138,000 to upgrade Oldham Library.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Leader of Oldham Council, wins the 'Leader of the Year' award at the LgIU C'llr Awards

Council leader hails £6bn health and social care deal for Greater Manchester

Published on Friday, 27th February 2015

The Leader of Oldham Council has hailed today’s ground-breaking announcement of plans to bring together health and social care budgets worth £6 billion as “a major step forward” for Greater Manchester

Solar flowers

Solar flowers exhibition at Gallery Oldham

Published on Friday, 27th February 2015

Gallery Oldham's next exhibition features artwork powered by the sun.

Wow bed

Bloom and Grow WOW bed moves to Dr Kershaw's

Published on Wednesday, 25th February 2015

The centrepiece of Oldham Council’s Gold-award winning Bloom and Grow entry has become a welcome fixture in the grounds of Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

M&S, Prince's Gate at Oldham Mumps

Prince's Gate at Oldham Mumps: Public consultation launched

Published on Tuesday, 24th February 2015

Oldham Council is launching a public consultation on its proposals for the flagship Prince’s Gate at Oldham Mumps development.

Smut Inn

Oldham Council takes action as owner of former pub let tenants live in squalor

Published on Tuesday, 24th February 2015

Oldham Council has prosecuted a landlord who allowed a group of men to sleep in squalid conditions in a property he owned – a former public house called The Smut Inn.

Royton District Centre, Redevelopment

Supermarket chain Lidl set to bring store to Royton

Published on Monday, 23rd February 2015

Oldham Council and partners Dransfield Properties Limited are set to agree detailed terms with supermarket chain Lidl to build a food store in Royton.

Council supports LGBT adoption and fostering week

Published on Monday, 23rd February 2015

Oldham Council’s Adoption and Fostering Services are calling on members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community to consider becoming adopters and foster carers.

Warm Homes Oldham

Warm Homes Oldham to continue for a third year

Published on Friday, 20th February 2015

Oldham Council and its partners are pleased to announce the award-winning Warm Homes Oldham will continue for a third year.

Women in World War One project

'Oldham Remembers' women in the First World War

Published on Thursday, 19th February 2015

As part of Oldham Council’s World War One commemorations a new project has been launched looking at ‘Oldham Women in World War One’.

Volunteering at the Link Centre

Volunteering is for all

Published on Thursday, 19th February 2015

Oldham Council is launching ‘Volunteering for All’ – a new project for residents who want to meet new friends or need help with daily tasks.

Councillor Amanda Chadderton.

Final call for public views on site selection for Saddleworth School

Published on Wednesday, 18th February 2015

Oldham Council is inviting final submissions from the public ahead of the selection of the site for the new Saddleworth School.


Hajj pilgrims urged to check before you travel

Published on Tuesday, 17th February 2015

Oldham Council has found three travel agents were displaying fake Air Travel Organiser's Licence (ATOL) logos during a recent snap inspection.

Prospective candidates and agents - Pre-election briefing

Published on Tuesday, 17th February 2015

Oldham Council is inviting prospective candidates and agents interested in standing in the forthcoming elections to attend an information briefing.


Council Tax freeze proposed for residents

Published on Monday, 16th February 2015

Oldham Council is set to freeze Council Tax in 2015/16 for the second consecutive year – despite continuing pressures on its budgets.

LEAF Nissan

You don't even have to 'LEAF' your street to speak to us

Published on Monday, 16th February 2015

Oldham Council is hitting the road and making it even easier for residents living in Coppice to let us know what issues matter to them.

Karen Sedgwick, of Hair Lounge - independent quarter

Two more businesses receive Independent Quarter funding

Published on Friday, 13th February 2015

Two businesses which specialise in treatments for the human body are to benefit from Independent Quarter funding from Oldham Council.

“Heathcote1” – Celebrity chef Paul Heathcote (pictured right) with Terry Flanagan (Chair of the Board for Mahdlo) and Councillor Jean Stretton (Oldham Council Deputy Leader) at the latest Business Network Breakfast at Mahdlo in Oldham.

Businesses given food for thought from master chef

Published on Thursday, 12th February 2015

Celebrity chef Paul Heathcote MBE* shared his culinary entrepreneurial wisdom with local businesses at a special business breakfast at Mahdlo youth zone in Oldham.

Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader (far right), meets (from left to right) Andrew Robinson (Lewis Facilities), Phil Crowther (BJ Crowther) and Mike Lane (Willmott Dixon) at the site of the new Royton Sports Centre.

Local businesses play their part at new Royton leisure centre

Published on Wednesday, 11th February 2015

Local businesses are benefiting from the building of the new Royton leisure centre.

Hollinwood Academy

Work starts on new special school

Published on Monday, 09th February 2015

Oldham Council and sponsors New Bridge School have started work on the borough’s new £6.25m special school – Hollinwood Academy.

Black Sheep

Gallery Oldham: Black Sheep

Published on Monday, 09th February 2015

Gallery Oldham’s latest exhibition looks at a textile that has been used since ancient times - felt


Become an internet Superhero

Published on Friday, 06th February 2015

Oldham Local Safeguarding Children Board is urging young people to stay safe and become ‘Superheroes’ when they go online.

Council chamber

Register to vote or lose out

Published on Thursday, 05th February 2015

Oldham Council is urging residents to make sure they are registered to vote.

Pilot scheme will see Shaw Market move to Market Street for three months

Published on Thursday, 05th February 2015

A new location is being proposed as part of an Oldham Council pilot scheme looking to at help Shaw Market thrive.

image of members of Springboard, an Oldham-based dementia support group, with books from the Books on Prescription service.

Reading your way to living well with dementia

Published on Wednesday, 04th February 2015

Oldham Council libraries are taking part in a national reading initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of those living with dementia.


Trading standards prosecute resident for selling a "clocked" car

Published on Monday, 02nd February 2015

Oldham Council is urging drivers to be careful when purchasing a used car – after a local online seller was caught “clocking” a vehicle.

New proposed primary school

Have your say on proposed £7.5m primary school

Published on Monday, 02nd February 2015

Oldham Council is giving residents the chance to have their say on the borough’s new £7.5m primary school.

Cllr Jim McMahon with Graeme Simpson from Simpson's of Oldham - Independent Quarter

Independent Quarter 'jewel' gets council backing

Published on Friday, 30th January 2015

One of the town centre’s oldest ‘jewels’ has received a boost from Oldham Council.


Pupils prove their salt with gritter names

Published on Tuesday, 27th January 2015

Primary school children have shown true grit and come up with some imaginative names for Oldham Council’s fleet of gritters.