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 www.oldham.gov.uk/planning_and_building.

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 www.gmp.police.uk.

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.