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Councillor Sean Fielding

  • Became Oldham Council’s youngest-ever Leader on May 23, 2018, aged 28. 
  • Born at the Royal Oldham Hospital on January 10, 1990.
  • Attended South Failsworth and Failsworth schools. His father is a local bus driver and his mother used to work at Manchester City Council.
  • Has served the Failsworth West ward - where he lives with his girlfriend Sophie - since 2012. 
  • First came to prominence in 2012 when his lobbying led First Bus to slash fares by 30 per cent across Greater Manchester, benefitting thousands of people. 
  • Jointly named the LGiU Young Councillor of the Year alongside fellow Assistant Cabinet Members Amanda Chadderton and Arooj Shah (who is now Deputy Leader) in 2013. 
  • Member of the Labour Party, the Co-operative party and UNISON and he was re-elected to serve Failsworth West with an increased majority in local elections in May 2016. 

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My Priorities 

We’ve made a great start on regenerating Oldham but more needs to be done and we must aim high. I’m reviewing the Town Centre Masterplan to make sure we get future plans right and that they are shaped and shared by everyone. I want a new focus on town centre living because it’s clear that depending on retail alone is flawed. We must get the balance right between shops, our cultural offer, dining, independent business, offices and leisure. My vision is for a more appealing place for people to spend time or live in with good quality spaces, transport links and homes. In terms of skills, our job is attracting new investment and giving people the tools and opportunities to provide for themselves. We’re investing in helping people advance their careers and in encouraging businesses and the local economy to grow. We need better quality jobs that raise our average wage levels and get people on the path to success.

Problems begin for some young people before they’ve even walked through primary school gates for the first time. We must tackle the problem of children not being ‘school ready’ which puts them at a major disadvantage. We must also improve the local economy to help parents have more income and time for their children – and support them to better understand how to help themselves and those around them. I’m also determined to continue the drive to improve local education performance. I won’t accept mediocre provision or excuses. We’ll continue working hard with partners to raise standards across the board and become a self-improving local education system sharing insight and resources. The voices of young people must also be more clearly heard so that none are left behind. Sufficient school places, along with the right support and teaching excellence, should be there at every stage of their education journey.

Despite less funding we must still provide the best possible services we can. Everyone deserves to live in decent areas where families and communities can thrive, be proud and feel encouraged to help tackle issues that affect them. We must work even harder with you and partners to improve neighbourhoods and understand your needs and challenges. That’s why I immediately asked for the recruitment of new street cleaners and enforcement teams, and I’m also looking to invest even more than the £6.2m already committed this year to improving highways. We’ll also be doing more alleyway clean-ups and cleanliness campaigns with partners like the environmental charity, Hubbub,and people like you.

Devolution of powers to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and GM Mayor are crucial to Oldham’s future success. We’re already working with other authorities on a range of schemes doing great work in areas like public health. However, I know Oldham will only get the maximum benefit from devolution if it’s got a strong presence and loud voice – and that’s what I’m determined to be. I’ll be pushing to address the North/South divide in GM through vital measures like better transport and connectivity for areas like ours. We must be serious about creating an inclusive economy where everyone shares the benefits of growth, regardless of background, where you live, or who you are. Oldham’s got great assets it can capitalise on as GM grows. We can have town centre living in Oldham, for example, that would be far cheaper than Manchester and we must target opportunities like these better. We can’t leave private business and developers to make all the decisions either, so we have to play our part in delivering a Greater Manchester Spatial Framework that addresses what we need and where so Oldham grows alongside the rest of Greater Manchester.