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Oldham Council named ‘Employer of the Year’

Economy and Skills team.

Published on Monday, 02nd October 2017

Oldham Council has been named ‘Employer of the Year’ as part of The Growth Company’s first ever Skills for Employment Awards Ceremony.

Dear Oldham...

Dear Oldham

Published on Wednesday, 09th August 2017

Oldham Council is asking young people to help shape Oldham’s future.

Royal Horticultural Society judges coming to Oldham


Published on Thursday, 27th July 2017

Oldham’s quest to be crowned one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in Britain is nearing judgement day.

Duo retain prestigious parks award

Parks team, Cllr Brownridge and Glenn Dale.

Published on Tuesday, 18th July 2017

Two of Oldham Council’s parks have again retained their prestigious Green Flag Awards.

Oldham celebrates Love Parks Week

Alexandra Park's Observatory

Published on Thursday, 13th July 2017

Oldham Council is showing its support to Love Parks Week 2017 by hosting a range of events and activities across the borough’s parks from 14-23 July.

Bloom and Grow centrepiece wows again

Wow bed

Published on Thursday, 13th July 2017

This year’s vibrant Bloom and Grow centrepiece in the town centre has been unveiled.

Flower Festival blooms in Parliament Square

Oldham Flower Festival

Published on Friday, 07th July 2017

Parliament Square will be blossoming with the beauties of nature when the annual Oldham Flower Festival returns to the town centre.

Oldham Dance Splash returns

Published on Monday, 03rd July 2017

The annual Oldham Dance Splash event, organised by Oldham Sport Development, will once again take place at The Oldham Coliseum on Wednesday 5 July.

Oldham's tenth annual vintage and classic car show returns

Car show

Published on Friday, 30th June 2017

Oldham town centre is gearing up for the annual Vintage and Classic Car Show.

Your Oldham. Your Street Party. Your Hamper.

Published on Thursday, 29th June 2017

Oldham Council is working in partnership with the Tesco Oldham stores to bring ‘hampers of fun’ to party organisers across the borough.

Co-operative Market Street comes to Oldham

Market street comes to Oldham

Published on Wednesday, 21st June 2017

Oldham Council will be hosting a co-operative street market, as part of the Your Oldham Festival

Edgelands: Emilie Taylor at Gallery Oldham

Emilie Taylor Exhibition comes to Gallery Oldham

Published on Thursday, 15th June 2017

Emilie Taylor’s brand new exhibition, Edgelands, has opened at Gallery Oldham.

Men’s Health Week 12-18 June

Published on Monday, 12th June 2017

Oldham Council is encouraging men to look after their health and is raising awareness of the issue as part of Men’s Health Week.

Burnley Brow encourages healthy eating with new community garden

Bloom and Grow

Published on Monday, 12th June 2017

Burnley Brow Community School has officially opened a new community garden to reinforce the benefits of healthy eating and outdoor exercise.

Organise Your Own Street Party with the 'Event in a Box'


Published on Wednesday, 17th May 2017

Oldham Council is making it even easier for you to organise and enjoy a street party with your neighbours.

Oldham Council Aims to Bloom in the Champions of Champions

Collection of WOW beds from previous years

Published on Monday, 15th May 2017

Oldham Council is launching our annual Bloom and Grow campaign – and we aim to be crowned ‘Champions of Champions’ in the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom UK Finals.

Royton restaurant fined £12,000 for food hygiene breaches

Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted a Royton restaurant after inspectors found an uncontrolled cockroach infestation and poor cleaning standards.

Published on Wednesday, 29th March 2017

Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted a Royton restaurant after inspectors found an uncontrolled cockroach infestation and poor cleaning standards.

Oldham's 'hop'tastic beer festival returns this month

Oldham, Beer Festival

Published on Monday, 27th March 2017

Oldham’s annual Beer Festival is back for its 29th year and we’re encouraging everyone to sample the amazing range of popular brews on offer at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Oldham to compete in 2017 RHS Britain in Bloom Awards

Work is well underway as Oldham prepares to take part in the Champion of Champions category in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017.

Published on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

Work is well underway as Oldham prepares to take part in the Champion of Champions category in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017.

Appeal for family of Victoria Cross war hero to come forward

Published on Monday, 06th February 2017

Oldham Council is appealing for the family of a Victoria Cross recipient from the First World War to come forward as it prepares to honour his outstanding acts of bravery.

Oldham Youths 'Listen to the Earth' as part of Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day

Published on Friday, 27th January 2017

Oldham Youth Council and Oldham Theatre Workshop members took part in an educational trip to Poland to learn about the Holocaust.


Published on Friday, 20th January 2017

Oldham will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day with services across the borough on Friday 27 January.

Oldham Council Supports Grand Litter Pick

Oldham Sixth Form Litter Pick

Published on Tuesday, 13th December 2016

Oldham Council has teamed up with Oldham Sixth Form College, Metrolink and Halfords to carry out a ‘Grand Litter Pick’

Bikeability sessions are wheelie good news for Oldham

Councillor Fida Hussain with Children from Copus Cristie.

Published on Tuesday, 29th November 2016

Oldham Council has secured a Bikeability training grant of £334,807 from the Department of Transport to help deliver cycle training for primary school children in Oldham.

Access Oldham temporarily relocated

Published on Thursday, 17th November 2016

Services usually offered in Access Oldham have been temporarily relocated to the Lees Suite within the Civic Centre.

Oldham town centre welcomes Santa and his Real Reindeers

Oldham, Reindeer Parade

Published on Thursday, 10th November 2016

Oldham Town Centre will welcome Santa and his team of real reindeers this Saturday (November 12).

Oldham Council is honouring the fallen on Sunday, November 13

Remembrance Sunday

Published on Wednesday, 09th November 2016

Remembrance Sunday services will be taking place at venues across the borough, held in conjunction with branches of the Royal British Legion.

Oldham Triumphs again and takes best city award at North West in Bloom 2016

Bloom and Grow Winner 2016

Published on Friday, 28th October 2016

Oldham has dug deep to retain its title of Best City* at the prestigious North West in Bloom competition.


oldtownhall, cinema, oldham,

Published on Thursday, 20th October 2016

The Old Town Hall’s Lightbox has been switched on for the first time – producing a stunning illuminated night-time vista across the new Parliament Square.

Oldham Council begins staff consultation over possible job losses

Published on Tuesday, 20th September 2016

Oldham Council has today begun consultation with staff and Trade Unions over potential redundancies in line with budget saving proposals.

Oldham’s youth to have its say

Published on Tuesday, 13th September 2016

Oldham Youth Council, as a member organization the UK Youth Parliament, is taking part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country.

Oldham Council is asking for the views of residents as it begins its annual budget consultation process

Published on Tuesday, 06th September 2016

The authority must find savings worth more than £20 million next year as cuts continue to the amount of funding it receives from Government.


Oldham’s golden girl Nicola White could soon be awarded a rare Civic Honour for her Olympic hockey heroics.

Published on Friday, 02nd September 2016

Oldham’s golden girl Nicola White could soon be awarded a rare Civic Honour for her Olympic hockey heroics.

More staff to help when you need it most

Published on Friday, 19th August 2016

More Oldham Council staff will be available to help residents at key periods thanks to a change in working times.

Warm Homes Oldham Scheme saves residents £600,000

warm homes

Published on Tuesday, 19th July 2016

Households across Oldham are benefitting from warmer and healthier homes thanks to an award-winning home energy scheme.

The Greatest Free Show on earth returns

Band contest

Published on Tuesday, 17th May 2016

Thousands of people from across the borough and beyond are set to enjoy a spectacular day of free entertainment and fun at the famous Whit Friday band contests.

Oldham Council: Christmas and New Year arrangements


Published on Wednesday, 09th December 2015

Oldham Council is informing residents about changes and restrictions to services over Christmas and the New Year.

Cabinet considers plans to create a Digital Enterprise Hub

Cllr Jean Stretton

Published on Friday, 13th November 2015

Oldham Council is set to consider plans to set up a new Digital Enterprise Hub in the heart of the Independent Quarter.

Cabinet: Phased programme for cultural and heritage projects

Cllr Jim McMahon

Published on Friday, 18th September 2015

Oldham Council is to consider a new phased programme setting out robust plans to deliver a Heritage Centre and Coliseum Theatre – and ensure a brighter future for important heritage buildings.

Oldham Council breaks own financial speed and accuracy benchmarks


Published on Wednesday, 20th May 2015

Oldham Council – the fastest public body to close its final accounts last year – has again beaten its own benchmark-setting yardstick in this field.

Public notice withdrawn by Oldham Council

Oldham Logo

Published on Wednesday, 08th April 2015

Oldham Council has withdrawn a Public Notice that was recently issued.

Old Town Hall: New images and updates on flagship project

Oldham Old Town Hall

Published on Thursday, 26th March 2015

Oldham Council is releasing a gallery of stunning new images as part of its latest update on the progress of the flagship Old Town Hall development.

Parliament Square: New quality public space and restaurants for Oldham

Parliament Square, Oldham

Published on Monday, 27th October 2014

Oldham Town Centre is to get its first new high-quality public space in decades.

Oldham Council assisting after Manchester Dogs' Home tragedy

Cllr Norman Briggs

Published on Friday, 12th September 2014

Oldham Council is working with local partners to help deal with the aftermath of the Manchester Dogs’ Home blaze.

Council campaigns for disabled access at Greenfield Station

Jim McMahon

Published on Tuesday, 02nd September 2014

Oldham Council is stepping up its campaign to secure full disabled access at Greenfield Station.

Next phase of Old Town Hall development underway in Oldham

Artist's impression of Old Town Hall development.

Published on Monday, 01st September 2014

Work to transform the Old Town Hall into a new seven-screen cinema for Oldham is set to enter a significant new phase.

Foxdenton Lane/Broadway information released

Jim McMahon

Published on Tuesday, 01st July 2014

Oldham Council has now released all information requested by campaigners about the mixed use employment and housing development off Foxdenton Lane and Broadway.

Owners prosecuted for poor hygiene and safety at takeaway

Dead mice

Published on Wednesday, 04th June 2014

The owners of a takeaway where three dead mice were found have been successfully prosecuted by Oldham Council for food hygiene offences.

Borough Treasurer to leave Oldham Council

Steven Mair, Treasurer, Oldham Council

Published on Tuesday, 15th April 2014

Steven Mair is to leave his post as Borough Treasurer at Oldham Council this summer.

Oldham Council shortlisted for 'Council of the Year'

Published on Thursday, 09th January 2014

Oldham Council has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Council of the Year’ category at the 2014 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.

'The Big Bang': Entertainment line-up taking shape

Juggling Inferno

Published on Tuesday, 22nd October 2013

Oldham Council is revealing further details of the free entertainment line-up on offer at ‘The Big Bang’ on Bonfire Night.

Westwood resident pleads guilty to fly-tipping

Waste dumpoed in Oldham

Published on Monday, 22nd July 2013

Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted a Westwood resident for fly-tipping.

Youth Mayor honored by Oldham College.

Council Chamber

Published on Friday, 28th June 2013

Students at Oldham College have made a Roll of Honour for Oldham’s Youth Mayor – showing the level of respect that young people have for the post.

Bloom and Grow: Private gardens competition


Published on Friday, 28th June 2013

Oldham Council is set to launch the annual private gardens competition - as part of this year’s Bloom and Grow campaign.

Oldham council set to sign Armed Forces Community Covenant

Cllr Jean Stretton

Published on Thursday, 27th June 2013

Oldham Council will mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday (June 29) by announcing that it plans to sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

Trade in illegal goods tackled

Illegal goods

Published on Monday, 24th June 2013

Oldham Council is praising the role that residents have played in the campaign to drive illegal cigarette and alcohol traders out of business.

Churchhill Playing Fields: Final works now underway

Cllr Jean Stretton

Published on Friday, 14th June 2013

Major works to improve Churchill playing fields – the largest in the Saddleworth and Lees area – are nearing completion.

New Youth Mayor to take office

Jim McMahon

Published on Thursday, 13th June 2013

Teenager Emma O’Donnell is set to take the reins as Oldham’s next Youth Mayor.

70 Years of School Dinners: Dishing up a 1940's-Themed menu

Amanda chadderton

Published on Thursday, 23rd May 2013

Oldham Council’s Educational Catering Service and East Crompton St James’ primary school are dishing up a special 1940’s-themed school dinner for pupils.

Council approves radical next steps for District Working

Cllr Jean Stretton

Published on Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Oldham Council is to implement radical new changes in District Working.

Nobel Peace Prize-winning economist to visit Oldham Council

Peace Prize

Published on Thursday, 16th May 2013

Oldham Council is hosting a visit from a Nobel Peace Prize-winning economist this weekend.

Care home fined for safety breaches

Cllr Jean Stretton

Published on Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted the operators of a care home for breaches of health and safety laws after a resident suffered serious burns.

Oldham's new free car parking offer starts this weekend

Councillor Shoab Akhtar discusses free parking proposals with local traders

Published on Wednesday, 03rd April 2013

Oldham town centre is set to benefit from a major new free car parking offer.

Food inspectors found mouse infestation at restaurant

Dirty stove

Published on Monday, 25th March 2013

A restaurant owner has been sentenced after his premises were found to be dirty and unhygienic

Town Centres project: Oldham working with Greater Manchester partners

Artists impression of Town Hall redevelopment.

Published on Monday, 18th March 2013

Town centres in Greater Manchester are working together on a unique plan to ensure they co-ordinate to earn new investment and achieve the greatest possible success.

Do not let loan sharks get their teeth into you

Luanch of campaign to tackle loan sharks

Published on Thursday, 14th March 2013

Oldham Council has teamed up with a pioneering team to tackle illegal money lending in the Borough.

Cabinet to discuss improvements to Oldham War Memorial

Yorkshire Street Oldham

Published on Thursday, 24th January 2013

Oldham Council’s Cabinet is set to consider plans to refurbish Oldham War Memorial

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