Council crackdown on public disorder continues

It is well rehearsed elsewhere on this Neil Wilby Media website that Full Council meetings during the current municipal year in Oldham Metropolitan Borough have been turbulent renewals. Two of those meetings, in June and July, were marred by scenes of serious disorder both in the public galleries and in the council chamber – andContinue reading “Council crackdown on public disorder continues”

Sir Harry’s sinking ship takes on more water

Beleaguered Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, already swamped with other scandals, most notably around its shockingly poor handling of historic child sexual exploitation, has spectacularly reversed its policy around the archiving of its broadcasts of public meetings, with videos of the sessions now restored to its own YouTube channel. Just ten days ago, in news publishedContinue reading “Sir Harry’s sinking ship takes on more water”

Council Leader kept in the dark

In an exclusive published elsewhere on this website two days ago, detailed background was provided into an ‘inexplicable’ and much criticised decision by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council taken earlier in the week (read more here). It was predicated on the reasonable assumption that such a far reaching ruling – to remove all video records ofContinue reading “Council Leader kept in the dark”

‘Inexpicable’ decision leads to more ‘cover up’ accusations

A series of what can only be objectively viewed as poor decisions is leading beleaguered Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council further into what is already a dark hole, with a large sign headed ‘Cover-Up’ at its entrance. In June this year, a long-delayed report into the handling of historic child sex abuse in the Borough wasContinue reading “‘Inexpicable’ decision leads to more ‘cover up’ accusations”

Council Leader issues clarification over abridged video clip

  Oldham Council’s ‘new’ Leader, Cllr Amanda Chadderton, has issued a statement in response to a YouTube clip that has recently been widely broadcast, both on social media and in WhatsApp groups. The video is ‘cut and shut’ from a public broadcast of the Council’s meeting on 13th July, 2022. It is providing a landingContinue reading “Council Leader issues clarification over abridged video clip”

‘Public nuisance’ set to defy Council ASBI warning

News of the unedifying scenes of public disorder that marred the last two meetings of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council has, regrettably, spread far wider than the boundaries of the famous old East Lancashire mill town (read more here). The Council has, in line with a promise made by its new Leader, Cllr Amanda Chadderton (readContinue reading “‘Public nuisance’ set to defy Council ASBI warning”

Can democracy trump chaos?

Over the past month there have been unprecedented scenes of serious disorder during two meetings of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. The first of those was an Extraordinary Meeting called in the wake of a controversial and much delayed ‘Assurance Review’ into historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the town. The second was a scheduled meetingContinue reading “Can democracy trump chaos?”

‘Renegades’ face humiliation over quest for public inquiry

Four ‘renegade’ Oldham Metropolitan Borough councillors, Bethany Sharp (representing St James ward), Dave Arnott (Royton North), Lewis Quigg (Royton North) and Robert Barnes (Chadderton South) say they have written a joint letter to the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Priti Patel, urging her to consider instituting an independent public inquiry into child sexualContinue reading “‘Renegades’ face humiliation over quest for public inquiry”

Council Leader condemns ‘Punch and Judy’ show

Troubled Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, mired in controversy over the long-delayed publication of the Assurance Review into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the town, has issued a statement, via its Leader, Cllr Amanda Chadderton (pictured above), setting out its strategy for tackling both the findings of the report and the ongoing CSE problem in theContinue reading “Council Leader condemns ‘Punch and Judy’ show”

Tory councillor to face Standards investigation

This week’s Oldham Council meeting was another extraordinarily chaotic affair, following which local Liberal Democrats have condemned the behaviour of Conservative councillor, Robert Barnes, who represents the Chadderton South ward. Liberal Democrat councillor for Grotton, Springhead & Lees, Mark Kenyon, said: “Local Conservative voters must be wondering what exactly it is they’ve done wrong toContinue reading “Tory councillor to face Standards investigation”