Campaign continues to Save Beal Hey…


Shaw & Crompton Liberal Democrats are continuing the fight to SAVE BEAL HEY HWRC at Chandos Street, Shaw, after the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority GMWDA voted to close it.

The decision in principle to close Beal Hey was made at GMWDA’s meeting on 18th March. The meeting voted to continue with plans for the closure, ahead of further consultation and a final decision being made on 18th June.

Shaw & Crompton Liberal Democrats have led the campaign to keep the Beal Hey open, Cllr Mark Alcock presented a petition with 4,100 signatures from residents from Shaw & Crompton and across East Oldham to the meeting.

Mark said “This decision to close Beal Hey is completely wrong, if this is allowed to happen it would mean that the whole of Oldham Borough would only have Arkright Street to recycle their waste, some 160,000 residents, leaving Oldham as the only council in Greater Manchester to have just one site, the other councils have between 2 and 4 sites.

GMWDA have said that there’ll be more consultation, the consultation they have done already is a sham, like asking people in Oldham town centre about using Beal Hey, why did they not ask the people in Shaw town centre?

When 4,100 people sign a petition, I would say that that is a very loud message from local people to keep this site OPEN.

Cllr Mark Alcock believes that the closure of Beal Hey will lead to an increase in fly-tipping and a decrease in recycling”.

Mark also said, “We will be continuing to collect petition signatures and we will be asking the Oldham MBC to object to the closure and to do all it can to keep Beal Hey OPEN.

People can sign the petition online at and they download petition forms so they can collect more signatures from family and friends and anyone they think would be affected by the closure”.

Click here to sign the petition online

To print a petition for you to get your friends, family to sign and return click here

Stay Warm This Winter…

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Affordable warmth: Insulation deals

Being more energy efficient at home could help you sta warm this winter, and save you up to £265 a year on fuel bills.

Over 70 or on a benefit

If you own or rent your home from a private landlord you could get free cavity wall and loft insulation and, in some cases heating system improvements.

You must be over 70 or in receipt of certain benefits (disability living allowance, attendance allowance, tax credit, means tested benefit).

Contact the Greater Manchester Energy Saving Trust.

·         Phone: 0800 512 012

·         Email: [email protected]

Health issues

Certain health issues could be made worse by living in a cold and damp home.

Oldham residents with certain illnesses can access free loft and cavity wall insulation.

If you suffer from one of the following illnesses, you could qualify:

Respiratory disease

·         Asthma

·         Bronchitis

·         COPD

·         Cystic fibrosis

·         Emphysema

Cardio vascular disease

·         Angina

·         Heart problems

·         High blood pressure

·         Stroke victims

Musculoskeletal disease

·         Arthritis

·         Damaged joints

·         Long term back pain

Mental health

·         Any mental health problems

The energy advisers will check your eligibility and arrange a free, no obligation survey.

You will be asked to confirm you have a health condition by replying to a letter you will receive and either self certifying (in which case this will be checked with a relevant health professional) or asking a relevant health professional to sign it for you.

Your home will then be fitted (hassle and mess free) with loft and cavity wall insulation, free of charge.

Contact the Greater Manchester Energy Saving Trust.

You need to mention the Oldham Health Scheme.

·         Phone: 0800 512 012

·         Email: [email protected]

Affordable warmth temprature card PDF

 Temperature guide (PDF)


Delivering a Fair Start for Every Child

Today the coalition government published its white paper on schools – “The Importance of Teaching”. It sets out our ambitious reform programme to raise standards for all children while narrowing the gap between rich and poor.

It shows how the Government is delivering the fair start for every child that we promised in the Liberal Democrat manifesto.

The White Paper announced four key reforms –

– Delivering a Pupil Premium, on top of the budgets that schools already have, to go to every deprived child wherever they live, to allow schools to put extra resources into narrowing the gap in attainment between the richest and the poorest.

– Giving all schools more freedom to make the right choices for their pupils – slimming down the national curriculum, removing bureaucracy and red tape and reducing testing and league tables.

– Recognising that it is the quality of teaching that really makes a difference in the classroom – expanding graduate teacher programmes like Teach First, developing networks of “teaching schools” and supporting continuing professional development.

And, something important to Liberal Democrats, matching school freedoms with a strong strategic role for local authorities in ensuring fairness – in admissions policies, for children with special educational needs, and in championing educational excellence in all schools, including
Free Schools and Academies.

You can read more about the white paper – and you can watch the video below about the pupil premium.

As part of the consultation process, you can send your views on the white paper to: [email protected]. If you have friends or family working in education, please foward this email so they can get involved.

The Liberal Democrats are delivering in Government the fair start for children we promised.

Sarah Teather MP
Minister of State – Department for Education

The Poppy Appeal

It only takes a minute to put a Poopy on - Please make a donation - click here…

Each year the residents of Shaw and Oldham express their support for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, and our Armed Forces.  If you want to make a donation, just click on the picture above and you will be redirected to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal website, were you can make a donation.
Mark Alcock and members of your Focus Team will be attending the service at the War Memorial in Shaw on Sunday 14th November, the service commences at 10.55am. 
A procession will assemble at the Royal British Legion Club, Newtown Street, Shaw, at 10.30am proceeding to the War Memorial at 10.40am.
Please do come along and show your support for all our Armed Forces past and present.

Warehouse plans go to council…

Reporter: BEATRIZ AYALA – Date online: 21/09/2010 – Oldham Chronicle

Revised £23m scheme will secure jobs

PLANS by JD Williams to build a £23 million warehouse development in Shaw, which will secure 1,000 jobs and create 120 new ones, have been submitted to Oldham Council.

The home shopping retailer submitted the revamped planning application to redevelop its existing site in Beal Lane.

It includes revised proposals for a new building measuring 78ft in height, 40 per cent lower than a previous application in 2009 which led to protests by local residents.

Before submitting the plans, the company held a series of community consultations, including a public exhibition in August, attended by 94 local people.

Several changes have since been made to the plans to deal with issues and suggestions raised.

A working group with Oldham Council will be set up to discuss areas relating to the current operational activity.

Ian Carr, general manager at JD Williams, said: “We have engaged extensively with residents, political representatives and stakeholders to seek their views and we appreciate all the feedback received.

“We have reviewed all the comments and suggestions made, and have taken these on board during the preparation of the plans.”

More info: community information line, 247 8417 (9am-5.30pm). The planning application should be available to view next week (Sep 27-Oct1) at

Police warning after spate of burglaries

Date published: 24/09/2010 – Oldham Chronicle 

RESIDENTS are being urged to secure their properties following a spate of burglaries in Royton, Shaw and Crompton.

In the last week, 10 homes have been broken into — and in six cases the thieves entered the properties through insecure windows or doors.

Police have increased patrols in the areas and letters have been sent to residents to let them know that burglars are operating in their area.

It also provides advice on how to keep their homes safe.

PC Adam Murphy, from the Royton and Shaw Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Burglars are always on the lookout for easy pickings, so an open window or unlocked door is an open invitation for them.”

To report crime call police on 0161-872 5050 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555 111. For more information visit

Pakistan Flooding Continues

17 million people already affected… 


Floodwaters are still rising in Pakistan; the area covered to date is larger than the UK. These are the worst floods in many decades, they began a month ago with the rain hammering the country’s northwest region, over 1,600 people have died and the floods are affecting over 17 million people with 1.2 million houses being destroyed, leaving an estimated 8 million people homeless. The waters are now spreading through the rice-growing belt in Sindh province, 4.25 million acres of land and crops have been destroyed or extensively damaged. The scale of the disaster is overtaking the relief efforts and more aid is needed urgently to help the millions of people affected.Please donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Pakistan Floods Appeal by clicking here or by phone on 0370 60 60 900.