3. Moston Brook improvements

Moston Brook Green Corridor has the potential to be a fantastic green asset for local people and the wider city region.

Oldham and Manchester Councils want to realise the area’s future potential and address current problems, such as fly tipping and antisocial behaviour.

Improving Moston Brook is a key aim for the joint Moston Brook Corridor Partnership, which was set up by Oldham Council and Manchester Council (with £20,000 from each).

Current Projects/news

  • New all weather eco waterside path at Wrigley Head.  Partnership project with Groundwork MSSTT.  Kindly funded by a United Utilities Catchment Wise grant
  • New entrance at Park Avenue kindly funded by Oldham Council
  • Four new entrances and associated works – two on Broadway, one at Bridport Avenue and one at the Fairway.  Kindly funded by Manchester City Council Clean City fund
  • Works near Mill Lane and Mill Street to improve water quality includes new eco waterside path and upgraded steps leading to the Broadway area of the brook.  Partnership project with Groundwork Oldham, Rochdale and Bury.  Funding kindly provided by DEFRA & the Environment Agency
  • New path from Park Avenue onto the brook kindly funded by Tesco Bags of Help
  • New sculpture/ seating project based on aircraft manufacture in Chadderton.  Kindly funded and supported by the Lancaster Club Trustees

Thanks to a generous grant award from the Bradley Park Community Fund and the help of the Mersey Rivers Trust, Moston Brook has had a green makeover with 300m resurfaced footpath, a weir removal and river habitat improvements carried out in and along the Brook from Hale Lane to Broadway, Failsworth.

Join our monthly Moston Brook social walk on the second Tuesday of every month.  

Meet us at 10.30am at the cafe in Failsworth Town Hall and Library. it's a gentle walk along the canal and the brook for just over an hour.  

For further details email: ann.bates@oldham.gov.uk 

Moston Brook sewer improvements

Plans to clean up and improve the existing sewerage discharge into Moston Brook.

Masterplan and Feasibility Study

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and Manchester City Council commissioned a feasibility study and aspirational masterplan for the Moston Brook Green Corridor in 2007.

The study (complete by Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale) provides an assessment of the site and it’s potential to be a high quality green space in the future.

There was extensive community consultation and a number of organisations were involved in the project (in particular the various Local Authorities, the Environment Agency and Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority).

To ensure the study and masterplan were informed by site’s complex ecological and contaminated land issues a Phase 1 Ecological Survey (produced by Greater Manchester Ecological Unit), and a Preliminary Risk Assessment (carried out by Parsons Brinckerhoff), were commissioned by Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale.

The study was also informed by the 2002 Pollution Prevention report produced by Atkins on behalf of the Environment Agency.

Feasibility study:

The feasibility study, identifies the opportunities and constraints within the Moston Brook Corridor and makes recommendations on how the area could be to brought forward the in accordance with the overall strategic vision for the area

Japanese Knotweed Treatment Programme

Following an Invasive Species survey by Greater Manchester Ecology Unit (GMEU) Oldham Council and the Environment Agency have worked in partnership to begin a three year programme to remove Japanese Knotweed across the Brook.

Hale Lane path improvements

Resealing the path greatly improved access to the area.




Moston Brook Corridor Partners

Partners include Councillors, officers, residents, and representatives from other organisations such as: