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I WAS very pleased to read Oldham planners turned down planning for the large children’s playhouse in the front garden of a house in Diggle.
It’s about time they got serious about the eyesores individuals put up in and around their homes and expect neighbours to just tolerate.
Many people do not consider the impact such things have on the overall look of the street or road.
I just wish the planners could also do something about the silly and ugly wooden fences some home owners put on the pavement a metre from their terrace house.
They are so out of keeping with the look of the road and the area. Every time I drive down Chew Valley Road Greenfield I want to tear them down.
So well done Oldham planners. Residents need to start thinking about the whole and not just themselves. Neighbours are tired of just ‘sucking it up’.
Environment lover. Greenfield (by email)
AS A newly-elected Parish Councillor I thought I would give a reply to the letter from ‘Diplomat’ in the September edition of the Independent about ‘people power’.
While residents’ associations do a great job across Saddleworth and the people who give their time to run them should be recognised, the Parish Council still has an important part to play in the life of the district.
The Parish Council can bring together the whole district, and give Saddleworth a united voice.
Also, the Parish Council and its councillors are always there. Sometimes the activity of residents’ associations can go through highs and lows, depending on the issues in a particular village at a particular time, and the enthusiasm of the office holders.
The Parish Council has a democratic mandate, because it is made up of councillors elected by the people, though I admit that an increase in voter turnout would be welcome. This gives the Council more influence with governing bodies and agencies.
Residents’ Associations play a very important part in improving the life of a community, and it is fantastic that almost all of Saddleworth is covered by a network of such organisations.
What is needed is for those associations and the Council to work together to improve the social, environmental and cultural whole, that makes up the great place we all live, Saddleworth.
Cllr Paul Fryer (by email)
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MY QUESTION in last month’s Independent about the usefulness (or not?) of Saddleworth Parish Council was further highlighted by their planning committee’s decision to approval the application of a Wendy house in a garden at Diggle.
When it got to Oldham Council it was turned down.
This begs a further question: if Oldham make the final decision why do plans have to go through the laborious process at Parish Council level which only has the power to recommend or reject and has no real decision making?
Diplomat, Grotton (by email)
Michael Fox sent in this photograph after capturing an unusual sight above the Saddleworth hills…
He explains: “I was near Running Hill Gate, on the hillside about a mile north-east of Saddleworth Church. I’d seen this helicopter flying around Pots and Pans, spraying something from the device dangling from its undercarriage.
“Not knowing what it was doing and not fancying the idea of breathing in some chemical or other, I decided to head back to the valley out of its way.
“A couple of minutes later, however, it appeared from nowhere and flew directly over me at low height. Fortunately it was no longer spraying! I grabbed my camera from my shoulder bag and snatched this shot.
“A hill farmer I know suggests the helicopter was spraying to keep down bracken, which is no friend of farmers.
“A chemical called Asulam which has been used for this purpose is about to be banned for environmental reasons but can still legally be sprayed until the end of October. I suspect the local landowner was taking a final opportunity.”
Meanwhile, this colourful picture on the left was taken in September by Margaret Bennett, capturing the glowing colours of Indian’s Head at Dovestones Reservoir in the sunset.