A wildlife reserve for safer roads: funding for Oldham projects


The Oldham Council’s Local Improvement Fund (LIF) subcommittee met on Monday evening to approve funding for 18 neighborhood projects totaling £ 467,000.

Among the 18 projects that were successful in securing funding included the creation of a wildlife sanctuary at Sickle Street, improving road safety in Royton, and restoring the Bulldogs community space at Fitton Hill and Hathershaw.

LIF was established in 2019 to fund projects to improve neighborhoods in Oldham for local residents.

Due to the effects of the pandemic, it was agreed that the LIF would be included in the council’s budget. £ 500.00 was designated for the subcommittee and any remainder would be used as a contingency fund for agreed projects.

In order for projects to secure funding, expressions of interest were submitted to LIF, some of which were then chosen to go through the full application process.

Oldham Council Chief Councilor Arooj Shah said: “During these difficult times it is essential that Oldham Council helps residents recover both socially and economically and the Local Improvement Fund is a great way to do this.

“We have seen so many deserving applications, but we have selected the ones that we believe will have the most positive impact on our local communities.

“I look forward to seeing these projects come to life and seeing the residents reap the rewards. ”

Some of the other projects funded were the refurbishment of the Springhead Community Center, improvements to Crompton Cemetery, and repairs to the Freizland Arena, an equestrian facility in Saddleworth.

Other projects include several traffic calming measures in Chadderton and Lees as well as Royton. The areas that will be targeted are Firwood Park Estate, Burnley Lane, Salmon Fields Road, Rowland Way, Medlock Way and the road to St Paul’s School.

LIF, made up of representatives from Labor, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, received 42 expressions of interest from the start of the last round of submissions in June until the July 23 deadline.

Representatives then met in August and noted expressions of interest, 23 proceeded to the full nomination stage where they were considered by the advisory committee and then the subcommittee.


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