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Tameside’s worst road for potholes revealed as number of complaints increase

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:13:30 +0000

Huddersfield Road in Stalybridge is the most complained about road in Tameside when it comes to potholes.

Figures published in an annual research piece by the Federation of Small Businesses has revealed the number of complaints recorded concerning potholes for the year 2017/18, as well as the number of legal claims made for damage to motor vehicles caused by potholes, and how much money individual councils spent on local road repairs.

The study showed that in Tameside, there were 2595 recorded complaints to the council about potholes, up from 2126 in 2016/17. That ranks Tameside fourth out of Greater Manchester’s ten borough’s; Salford finished top with just 1003 complaints, followed by Wigan with 1820 and Stockport with 2018.

Huddersfield Road was the target of the majority of complaints in Tameside, for the third consecutive year.

Tameside Council spent £1,607,000 on road repairs in 2017/18, up £498,000 on the previous year. The council also received 40 claims for vehicle damaged caused by potholes and paid out on 13 of them.

FSB Development Manager for Greater Manchester, Robert Downes, said local road networks underpinned the success of local economies, but in many areas they were not up to standard and required more investment.

“It’s easy to dismiss potholes as an irrelevance, or to think of a well-maintained roads infrastructure as a ‘nice to have’, but the issue is actually rather important,” he said.

“Small businesses need free flowing, well-maintained road networks to compete and grow, but these figures suggest it’s still something of a postcode lottery here in GM. On the back of a particularly cold winter, coupled with a scorching summer, councils will need to pay particular attention to crumbling roads this autumn – especially those roads where they know a problem already exists.

“We’d also like councils to make it easier for people to report a problem so small issues don’t become big ones requiring major repair work and subsequent delays – the data shows repairs are not carried out in a timely fashion. We know longer journey times impact on productivity levels, affects profit margins, and can be a turn off for investors. Gridlocked roads just adds to the general transport malaise many road users in GM are only too familiar with.”

Back in March, Tameside Council announced a four-year, £20m project to repair the borough’s roads. A spokesperson for the Council said: “The section of Huddersfield Road running through Copley has been resurfaced within the last month. Huddersfield Road is a heavily-used thoroughfare and was recently the scene of a major Electricity North West project to replace worn-out underground electricity cables.

“Tameside Council is committed to the maintenance and improvement of its roads network and has identified a sizeable amount of extra capital to invest in its highways. There is also a bid in the pipeline to secure additional roads funding.”

Hyde baths project put on hold after contractor pulled out over Carillion fears

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:32:22 +0000

The multi-million pound project to expand Hyde swimming pool has been put on hold after the contractor pulled out in the wake of the Carillion collapse.

Tameside Council had signed off more than £3m on the extension for the Active Hyde facility, off Walker Lane, which would see a new six-lane swimming pool built, along with changing rooms and spectator seating.

Earlier in the year the town hall agreed to up the budget for the project by an extra £88,280 after the proposed contractor told bosses they were ‘nervous’ about dealing with the Local Education Partnership (LEP) which is 80pc owned by the collapsed contractor Carillion.

It came after the council had already agreed to up their financial contribution by £1.09 million after building surveys discovered that the existing electrical and mechanical system could not be adapted to run the new pool.

A meeting of the strategic planning and capital monitoring panel heard that despite the agreed cash assurance, the builder had pulled out of the pool revamp just one day before they were due to sign the contract.

The whole project has now been put on hold, while bosses review which of their infrastructure and investment projects they can still afford to do following the extra costs brought by Carillion going bust.

Ade Alao, head of investment and development, told councillors: “At this current time the scheme is essentially paused.”

Cllr Ged Cooney, executive member for economic growth, employment and housing, added: “We are reviewing all the capital programmes and the governance of that on the organisation so it’s on hold while we go through that process. We have to have a look at that now.”

The risk level for the Hyde project has been rated red – and is ‘resulting in further delays and increased cost’, according to a council report.

It is estimated that there is an impact of £6,000 of reduced revenue a month for the council beyond the planned completion date.

In his report, Mr Alao said that the LEP has been working to secure a new contractor for the project.

“The council’s capital programme is currently under review in order to facilitate re-prioritisation following pressures on the level of capital funding available,” he stated.

“In addition, the council is reviewing its leisure management options to ensure sustainability and improved health outcomes for residents.

“Consequently, the Hyde scheme is temporarily on hold pending the outcome of these reviews later in the year.”

Honours galore at Stalybridge Snooker League presentation

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:42:50 +0000

The Stalybridge Snooker League held its annual presentation earlier this month.

Mossley A and Mossley B stole the show with both teams claiming numerous trophies, while there were a host of individual awards handed out to the best players of the year.

Following a memorable campaign, Mossley A won the Snooker League while Hyde SC were runners up.

In the Whist League, Mossley B were crowned champions while Mossley A were runners up.

Mossley B also won the Berry Cup and Gordon Clay Trophy, while St Peters won the Taylor Cup and Mossley A won the George Fletcher Trophy.

Tameside Radio’s Danny Tipping won the Player’s League and came runner-up in the Individual Billiards League, just short of C Edwards who claimed the coveted title.

A full list of winners can be found below:


Snooker League………………………Winners..Mossley A

                                                     R/ups……Hyde SC.

Whist League………………………….Winners..Mossley B

                                                     R/ups……Mossley A

Berry Cup……………………………….Winners..Mossley B

                                                      R/ups….. Hyde SC

Taylor Cup………………………………Winners..St Peters

                                                      R/ups……Mossley A

George Fletcher Trophy…………….Winners…Mossley A

                                                      R/ups…….Mossley B

Gordon Clay Trophy…………………Winners…Mossley B

                                                      R/ups…….St Peters


Individual Billiards………………….Winner…C Edwards

                                                     R/up.. …D Tipping

Individual Snooker…………………..Winner…A Tate

                                                      R/up……M Neale.

Roy Nelson Snooker Doubles…….Winners..M Neale /A Betts

                                                      R/ups…..P Vidler /L Kerfoot

Sportsmanship Award……………….Winner…R Mason.

Players League…………………………Winner…..D Tipping

Highest Snooker Break………………Winner….A Barton…….39

Highest Billiards Break……………..Winner….D Beswick……33

Man of the Match Award……………Winner…..A Betts

Darts Individual…….RTB…………..Winner….D Beswick

                                                        R/up……. I Carter

Darts Individual…….501…………….Winner… D Beswick.

                                                        R/Up…….G Terry

6 Reds……………………………………..Winner……L Kerfoot

                                                        R/up……..J Wright.

Whist Drive………………………………Winner…..I Hopton

                                                        W.Spoon..G Robinson

Pool Knockout…………………………..Winner…D Beswick

                                                         R/Up……N Burrows

Snooker Killer……………………………Winner…..G.Terry


Long Service Award………………………P Vidler

Luckiest Player over the season………………A Betts




FA Cup Third Qualifying Round Fixtures

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:38:19 +0000

The draw for the Third Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup has been made.

Curzon Ashton will host fellow National League North side Southport – a game that marks the return of former CEO Natalie Atkinson – while Ashton United will make the trip to Kings Lynn Town, who currently compete in the Evo-Stik South Premier Division Central.

The Nash progressed to this stage of the competition after coming from behind to beat Radcliffe 2-1 on Saturday, while Ashton had an easier route with a 3-0 victory over Trafford at Hurst Cross.

It goes without saying that both sides, who compete in the National League North, will have prioritised the FA Cup this season due to the increase in prize money. Saturday’s victories were rewarded with £9,000, and there is a further £15,000 up for grabs in the next round.

Curzon are no strangers to the FA Cup, having embarked on a terrific run during the 2016/17 season which ended in heartache. The Nash’s home tie against AFC Wimbledon in the second round, featured live on BT Sport One, ended in dramatic fashion. Adam Morgan, who has recently returned to the club for a second spell, almost wrote his name into Curzon folklore after giving his side a three goal lead with a brilliant hat-trick. However, beyond anyone’s comprehension at the time, Wimbledon fought back and snatched four goals in the final ten minutes to book their place in the third round. Despite the bitter disappointment, Curzon made an estimated £200,000 from the cup run, which was subsequently channeled into club projects and the redeveloped 4g pitch, which is the home of the first team, walking football team and hundreds of junior players.

Meanwhile across the town, Ashton United have faired poorly in the competition in recent years. The Robins were beaten 2-1 at Newcastle Benfield in the second qualifying round.

The Ties are scheduled to be played on Saturday, October 6. There will be a prize fund of £15,000 for the winners.

Weekend Review: Chadderton Park Sports Club

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:30:18 +0000
Tameside Saturday league
Chadderton Park under 19’s Eagles suffered their second defeat of the season losing 4-0 at home to Heyside. The Eagles came into the game with a make shift team with eight players missing. The Eagles gave a dogged battling defensive display in the first half and the deadlock and the Eagles resistance was finally broken mid-way through the first half when Heyside were awarded a debatable penalty which was converted. Heyside scoring a second goal on the stroke of half time.
The second half was an end-to-end display of attacking football from both teams, unfortunately the Eagles couldn’t convert their chances as Heyside found the net twice more in the second half.  
North Bury League
It was derby day in the North Bury League with Chadderton Park under 15’s Phoenix taking on the Lions and it certainly didn’t disappoint the neutral. Phoenix started the better but the Lions took the lead as Antonis Koiloropoluos powered through and rounded the keeper. Phoenix levelled as Reece Owen converted a penalty he won. 1-1
Lions woke up and two Kieran Akehurst strikes gave what looked like a match winning lead but with eight minutes to go the Lions had a counter attack broken up and a good pass was finished well by Drew Cunningham. Lions had a man sent off and it was backs to the wall and the pressure told as Drew Cunningham levelled from five yards out as the Lions defence asked for offside.
Lions had a Dan Leeming header well saved with the last touch of the game.
Honours even and a fair result.
Chadderton Park under 13’s Cobras progressed to the next round of the Under 13’s League Cup with a penalty shoot-out win at home to Elton Leopards.
In a great advert for grassroots football the game was superbly played and very respectfully by both teams.
What a performance from the Cobra’s, playing with a bare 11 the effort from each and every lad was superb to see running, driving forward time and time again and all that was missing was the finish. The ball was dealt with at the back when needed and it was great to see the lads stand tall and take responsibility and ownership of the ball. Overall Chaddy were the strongest team and were very unlucky not to be two or three in front at the end of the game. After a strength sapping game the teams in the end could not be split and so it was the lottery of penalties. It was great to see five lads step forward with no hesitation when asked for volunteers. The lads stood as a team strong and encouraged each other and progressed to the next round.
East Manchester Junior Football League – Sunday
Chadderton Park under 12s Griffins reached the next round of the Under 12’s League FA Primary Cup with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win away at Woodley Albion after the game had finished 1-1. Alex Henshaw putting the Griffins into a first half lead. Goalkeeper Harry King making three great saves in the second half. Woodley scored a late equaliser to take the game to penalties. Two great saves from Harry King in the shoot-out saw the Griffins through.

Chadderton Park under 15’s Lions reached the second round of the Under 15’s League Primary Cup with a 6-1 win at home to Uppermill with goals coming from a Tom Cassidy hat-trick, a Kristian Walker brace and David Osiobe.
North Manchester Girls League
Chadderton Park under 14’s Girls were unfortunate to lose their opening game of the season losing 2-0 away at Ashton Pumas, the girls were fantastic with the ball with some great passing and movement but couldn’t make their possession count.
County Cup
Chadderton Park under 14’s Girls reached the next round of the County Cup with a 3-1 win at home to Urmston with a cracking team effort following Saturday’s defeat against Ashton Pumas. The girls listened to the advice they were given and every single one of them put a shift in. The defence of Amy Gregory, Charlotte Whitehead, Charlotte Quarmby and Emma Ellis were solid at the back. The two Charlotte’s had a great understanding of each other and played some great passes. Girl of the game Emma Ellis mopped up any danger that was coming her way. ‘Keeper Amy Tapper made some great saves and her distribution was good. Central midfielders Poppy Moorhouse and Heidi Sheldon worked really well together linking up the defence with attack superbly. Anna Keeling and Annie Taylor ran riot for most of the game, causing the Urmston defence loads of problems as did Jenna Ford on the right hand side. Jenna too worked hard up and down helping the defence when needed. Probably the most versatile player, Katie Bowers, scored two real classic poachers goals. Second half and Emily Parsons came on upfront and considering she has just come back from injury did really well and was unlucky not to be on the score sheet. Poppy deservedly scored the third late in the second half with a bit of a goal mouth scramble, the ball landed at her feet and she struck the ball from 18 yards out. A great game to watch and a well-deserved win.
Chadderton Park under 18’s Lionesses were unfortunate to bow out of the County Cup on Saturday when they lost 5-3 away at Davyhulme Park.
The first 10 minutes produced a goal for both teams. Lucy Reeves equalised on eight minutes after good work from 
Rhea Horner.
The home side took the lead on 18 minutes with an excellent volley and made it 3-1 after 31 minutes with a goal that could have been avoided.
3-1 down at half time was definitely not the story of the game, as the Lionesses had chances of their own.
A couple of tactical tweaks and a firm rocket of confidence and they were good to go.
On 55 minutes the Lionesses pulled one back as the lively Rhea had a cross/shot that deflected in off the full back. 10 minutes later and the Lionesses were deservedly level as a Leigha Cook drive from 20 yards found the bottom corner.
The Lionesses then continued to create chance after chance but it was looking like it could be one of those days in front of goal.
However, two quick fire goals against the run of play on 75th and 77th minutes sent the Lionesses crashing out but with the Lionesses only having 11 players available they were unlucky not to get something out of the game.
By Andy May

Police hunt wanted man from Hyde

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:22:18 +0000

Police are asking for the public’s help in searching for a wanted man from Hyde.

Grant Leigh, 27, is wanted in connection with an arson that took place on Clayton Street in Dukinfield on 25 December 2017.

He is also wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his license set when he was released in July 2018.

He’s known to have links to the Tameside, Oldham and Wythenshawe areas of Greater Manchester.

Leigh knows he is wanted by the police and is actively avoiding arrest. The police are also warning that anyone helping him stay hidden will be prosecuted.

Anybody with information regarding the whereabouts of Grant Leigh is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9353 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Duki downed by leaders Hindsford

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:13:14 +0000
Manchester Premier League
Dukinfield Town 0-7 Hindsford
It was a day to forget for Dukinfield Town on Saturday, as Phill Cooper’s side were condemned to a 7-0 defeat by leaders Hindsford.
Although the season is in its early stages, the fixture marked the sixth time that Duki have faced a top six side this season.
Hindsford, who remain unbeaten after the heavy victory, put the game beyond doubt in the first half with three goals before notching another four in the second-half to take their tally to 35 for the season. Duki weren’t helped by the fact that two strikers were missing for the tie, though the score reflects serious concerns for a side which has lost six games already.
Elsewhere, the development side went down 4-2 at home to Govan Athletic reserves.
By Paul Bishop

Weekend Review: Ashton Rugby Club

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:59:46 +0000
Ashton U17s Junior Colts were the comeback kings on Saturday, putting last week’s 25-24 defeat at table toppers West Park behind them to record a 22-10 victory over Crewe and Nantwich.
The Colts were two tries down after 18 minutes, but they responded well and reduced the deficit through a Krystian Witeska try and Dom Jackson conversion. Callum Taylor then rounded the defence to score a scorching try down the right wing  for a 12-10 half time lead.
Ashton were down to 14  briefly as the injuries piled up but they still managed to exert pressure on the visitors and from a breakdown 5m out, Aron Lancaster dived over for 17-10. The game was put out of reach as Ethan Green shot down the wing to make the final score 22-10; a remarkable comeback against a strong and well organised team.
Ashton 1st XI had won a 9-7 dogfight against Eagle the previous week and travelled to Clitheroe with confidence. However,  despite taking the lead through Adam Goodwin, with Josh Pattison converting his own try, they lost the game 19-12
Ashton 2nd XI beat Aldwinians 3rd XI  27-22. The tight local derby saw the return of  Captain Alex Mayoh from long term injury . Ashton had gone 0-5 down but Wayne Hadfield equalised and the visitors retook the lead 12-5. A Joel Pearson  try converted  from wide by Mark Grayson  levelled it at half time. A penalty apiece took it to 15-15, then Mayoh scored and Liam Durber touched down after an excellent driving run from George McCallum converted for 27-15. Aldwinians came back strongly and converted a try with eight minutes to go, but Ashton managed to see out a nervy few minutes for the win.
Sunday was Lancs Cup day and Ashton U15s travelled to Bury in a repeat of last years Bowl Final, winning comfortably 12-42. Tom Ainsworth was voted man of the match,  scoring five tries plus one each for Luke Houston and Matt Cope.
The U12s also travelled to Bury losing 6-3 despite a hat trick from Declan Healy.
By Allen Bower

Council bosses praised for avoiding disaster after Carillion collapse

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:23:47 +0000

Council bosses have been praised for their handling of a ‘potentially disastrous situation’ to get the huge college and council HQ project in Ashton back on track.

Tameside Council has been left to foot a bill of £9.4 million after construction firm Carillion went into liquidation in January, leaving work on the ‘Vision Tameside’ project at a standstill.

The town hall quickly brought in a new contractor, Robertson Construction Group, got sub-contractors back on site and made sure apprentices were kept on.

A monitoring visit on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, who contributed more than £4m in skills funding to the project, praised the council’s response to the collapse.

In their report, the independent monitor stated that “overall we feel that the council has taken a very responsible and measured approach to manage what could be a potentially disastrous situation for a major public project”.

The borough’s strategic planning and capital monitoring panel heard that ‘good progress’ is generally being made, with more than a third of Robertson works complete.

The roofing and facade are almost finished, and work currently being undertaken includes mechanical and electrical installations, installation of fitted furniture and equipment, as well as ceilings and partitions.

Interim director of growth, David Moore, told members there would be 31 different moves affecting 600 people once the building was operational, with homeware chain Wilkinson’s also opening in the

“Once the building is up we have the college moving in, in early February, for the public facing side of the building, and then we concentrate on bringing some of the staff members probably around about February, March,” he said.

“There is a whole programme of public realm works that take place over and above. It is a huge piece of work that will take a little bit more time.”

Council leader Cllr Brenda Warrington added: “I’m pleased it’s going on as planned. We are confident that we will meet those timescales, particularly for the college and Wilkinson’s.”

The final approved budget for the whole project is now £62.7m, but there are several costs that still need to be finalised to make sure it stays within this budget.

Town hall bosses are yet to receive the final bill from Robertson, and need to make sure that all staff will be moved into suitable accommodation. Officers said it was ‘imperative’ that they were finalised ‘as soon as possible’.

Speaking after the meeting, deputy leader Councillor Bill Fairfoull said it is hoped that by bringing the college into the heart of the town centre the local economy will get a boost.

He said: “That’s thousands of young people in the town centre every day, which the market and businesses can benefit from.”


By Charlotte Green
Local Democracy Reporter

Celtic secure back-to-back league victories

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:17:57 +0000

Evo-Stik Premier Division

Stalybridge Celtic 3-1 Matlock Town


Celtic kept struggling Matlock at bay for nearly ninety minutes, almost keeping a clean sheet to add a gloss to the result.

After Scott Bakkor’s early shot was scooped up, the pace of the game looked slow with Chances for Celtic few and far between. Chris Sharp and new signing Josh Solomon-Davies went close with their initial efforts, and Bakkor forced Richard Walton into a full stretch save, but it was more than Matlock were creating. Eventually, pressure told, with loanee, George Hughes, showing good awareness to open up acres of space for Matty Wolfenden to exploit with an inch-perfect pass for Wolfenden to rifle into the top corner from just outside the box. Wolfenden and Celtic’s third new face, James Caton, were both were on target as the half came to a close, but neither could muster the power to add to Celtic’s slender lead.

After Caton and Sharp had both fluffed their chances, Celtic had a massive let off, when Adam Smith’s cross through the six-yard box was met by an off-balance and unmarked Jamie Jackson, who fortunately couldn’t keep his bumbling shot on target.

Celtic kept on with their game-plan, Caton putting in a great cross that Neil Kengni couldn’t quite reach, but moments later, he did it again, and this time, Bakkor came curling in and put his head firmly on the cross to smash it past the despairing Walton.

Moments later, and Celtic made the end of the game comfortable when Sharp’s cross sent Kengni on a surging run. Despite the numerous rough challenges, Kengni kept his feet, kept going and produced a stunning finish that left Walton no chance.

Glenn Rule, normally the creator, tried himself with a fabulous strike from twenty-five yards, but for the stuck-out leg of Brad Beatson, it would have been in the top corner.

The visitors grabbed a consolation goal right at the death when fullback Tom Davie got Matlock’s first shot on target, forcing James Aspinall into his only real save of the game up until that point. From the resulting corner, Celtic couldn’t get the ball clear enough, Jordan Pierrepoint lifting the ball back into the mix for Craig Westcarr to twist and nod over Aspinall into the far bottom corner and spoil the clean sheet Celtic’s defence deserved.

By Deborah Taylor

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