AN ACTION group is urging people to take to the streets for a ‘walk in’ to highlight the “preposterous” road plans around a new £19.2 million school in Diggle.
Keith Lucas, from Save Diggle Action Group (SDAG), wants adults, children and pets alike to join the walk from Uppermill to the planned entrance of new school off Huddersfield Road.
Mr Lucas says the walk, which will start at the King George V playing fields in Uppermill on Saturday, February 20 at 11am, will highlight access problems to the site.
It is being staged just five days before Oldham Council planning committee makes a decision over the new build as debate continues to rage around safety and traffic issues.
Mr Lucas, an independent Saddleworth Parish Councillor, explained: “Our plan is to get as many people as possible to walk from Uppermill to the proposed Diggle school entrance.
“We will be walking safely along footpaths, not on the road. We want to demonstrate how preposterous the road plans are. It is not a demo, it’s public research.
“Bring your children and your pets – the more the merrier for maximum affect. If you can’t follow us on foot follow us by car.
“It is time to make our voice really heard. This could be our last and only chance to get this issue wider coverage.”
He pointed to the recent Saddleworth Parish Council planning committee’s recommendation of approval for the school’s move to Diggle but refusal for the highways plans.
“The most appalling road and highways plan devised and thrust to the Saddleworth public as the ‘only alternative’ for the new school just won’t work,” Mr Lucas argued.
“I have yet to meet anyone, for or against the school, believing it’s a workable solution. Even the present school governors have major concerns.”
He added more than 3,000 people have signed SDAG’s petition to rebuild the school in Uppermill and more than 650 have sent objections to Oldham Council ahead of next Thursday’s meeting.
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Oldham Council’s Planning Committee will meet in the Council Chambers on Thursday, February 25 at 6pm to consider four applications relating to the proposed new school.
Members of the public can attend to observe proceedings and there is no need to book or signal your intention to attend this meeting beforehand.