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Saddleworth and Lees accounts for 52% of the of the land to the east of the Borough.

The area has open countryside, river valleys and villages (Denshaw, Delph, Dobcross, Diggle, Uppermill and Greenfield), and in the more heavily populated western part of the district, Scouthead, Austerlands, Friezland, Grasscroft, Lydgate, Grotton, Springhead and Lees.

The district is west of the Pennines, and is mainly in the boundaries of Saddleworth Parish Council and historically the West Riding of Yorkshire. Some of the heather moorland areas (including Dove Stone Reservoir) are in the Peak District National Park.

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal runs through the villages of Diggle, Uppermill, Greenfield.

How decisions about your neighbourhood are made

All the elected members for the Saddleworth and Lees District Wards regularly come together as the District Executive to discuss and make decisions about things that affect local people.

The District Executive sets the local priorities in the District Plan, and works closely with services and partners to achieve these priorities.

Its led by the District Executive Chair, who is supported by the Vice Chair. The Chair and Vice Chair champion the interests of the district at a borough-wide level and support many important events and initiatives throughout the district.

Meet with the District Executive

District Executive meetings are open to the public to come and observe. You can also submit questions to your elected members to be answered at the District Executive meeting. The minutes and agendas of these meetings are all available on-line.

If you would like to submit a question to the District Executive you can do so by letter, email or in person up to 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting.

Please be aware that there is a District Partnership meeting immediately before the District Executive.  Whilst we will always seek to respond fully to questions submitted to the District Executive, questions submitted close to the 15 minute deadline are more likely to be answered fully by a written response following the meeting .

Challenge a decision made by the District Executive

If you disagree with a decision made by your District Executive, you can collect 100 signatures to force the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to review the decision.

There are some exceptions, details available in the petition template.

Priorities for Saddleworth and Lees

  • Refurbish the tennis courts at Churchill Playing Fields to create an excellent tennis and multi games facility
  • To improve the drainage at Mills Recreation Ground in Lees
  • Work with Scouthead and Austerlands Community Association to hold the annual funday at Dawsons Field, Scouthead in July
  • Support the Whit Friday Band Contest in June
  • Support other community events run by various organisations
  • Promote alcohol awareness and healthy lifestyles for young people
  • Support young carers and cared for young people
  • Support adults to get more active and help reduce levels of obesity
  • Help to reduce isolation for older people and support the 'Men in Sheds' initiative at the Satellite Centre, Greenfield
  • Support mental health and dementia services and work with the Alzheimer's Society to create a dementia friendly community in Uppermill and the wider area.
  • To work with the Parish Council to create an allotment site in Uppermill
  • To support the 'Feeding Oldham' project and help people in Saddleworth and Lees who want to 'grow their own'
  • Help local groups who want to set up work clubs and support people in accessing the internet
  • To continue to make links and work with the business community in Saddleworth and Lees
  • Ensure that local people know more about what's happening in their area and are able to have their say by attending local community meetings and events
  • Hold network events about local issues and encourage residents to join the e network in order to receive useful information about issues and opportunities in the district


Saddleworth and Lees gallery

District Youth Forum

District Youth Forums enable young people to be actively involved in decision making processes and to represent the wider views of young people.

For more info about Saddleworth and Lees' District Youth Forum email sue.palfrey@oldham.gov.uk.

Love where you live

Love where you live is about everybody doing their bit to help make Oldham a great place to live.

Your District Team

Your District Team works at district level to improve the neighbourhoods they serve. The team is led by a District Co-ordinator who works with a wide range of services and organisations to meet the unique needs of the District.

Your District Co-ordinator is Lisa MacDonald       

Councillors and ward surgeries

Find out who your local Councillors are.

Councillors hold regular ward surgeries where you can discuss any issues in your neighbourhood.

Ward profiles

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