Colin McLaren

Title: Councillor

Party: Labour

Ward: Chadderton Central

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Additional Information

I have been a Councillor for Chadderton Central Ward for the past eight years.


I have lived in the ward for 25 years and both of my children attended local primary and secondary schools.


I am a retired teacher with a quarter of a century’s service in a local secondary and went on to develop a second career working with young players attached to a professional football club. 


I am currently Chair of Oldham Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Management Board and Vice Chair of the Licensing Committee.


I am also a Governor of the Radclyffe School and Christ Church C of E Primary School.


In addition, I am Chair of the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Pennine Acute NHS Trust and Vice Chair of the Joint Mental Health Overview and Scrutiny Management Board for Pennine Care NHS Trust.


I’m also on the board at Voluntary Action Oldham and Oldham Play Action Group and have helped to develop and support a significant number of voluntary groups in Chadderton. 


I am Vice President of the Chadderton Historical Society as well as being Vice President and Trustee of the Chadderton Federation of Community Organisations (better known as Chadderton Together). 


I have helped many local residents with advice and casework covering a considerable range of issues.  This ward has seen some significant developments including the new Radclyffe School, the John Henry Newman College, the Metrolink station at Freehold, housing developments on Hunt Lane and Crossley Estate, junction improvements on Broadway, and now Foxdenton, which has required a considerable amount of ongoing investigative work to address issues raised by residents. 


Councillor Colin McLaren Annual Report


Surgery details

Friday 17 March 2023
5.00pm – 6.00pm
Councillors McLaren, Moores or Taylor (Labour)
Mills Hill School
Baytree Avenue

Saturday 18 March 2023
10.00am – 11.00am
Councillors McLaren, Moores or Taylor (Labour)
St Saviour's Church
Bishopsgate Street (between 207 and 213 Denton Lane)

If you have any queries or problems that need to be discussed with your Labour Councillor please contact Councillor Colin McLaren on telephone number 0 161 627 4197or via email at

Contact information

Home address: 
4 Rowanwood
Firwood Park

Phone:  0161 627 4197


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Committee appointments

Appointments to outside bodies


Cllr Colin McLaren – Chadderton Central Ward



·         Promoting Health and Wellbeing

·         Improving Community Safety

·         Preserving our Heritage


Training Completed


·         Safeguarding

·         Prevent Training




Work in thecommunity

·         Member of Chadderton District Executive

·         Chair of Policy Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Vicechair of Health Scrutiny Committee, Member of Licensing Committee, Member of GMCA Audit Committee, Member of GMCA Corporate Issues and Reform Scrutiny Committee, Member of Peak District National Park Authority, Trustee of Chadderton Together, Trustee of Crossley Community Association, Trustee and Vice Chair of Peak District National Park Foundation, Vice President of Chadderton Historical and Heritage Society, Governor of The Radclyffe School.

·         Supported various voluntary organisations working to access the grant system to fund projects and activities within the local community.

·         Full attendance at Oldham Council and Committee meetings.

·         Worked with Oldham Council Officers and the Police to tackle ongoing issues relating to anti-social behaviour at Foxdenton Park and other locations leading to a reported reduction in incidents.

·         Worked with individual residents and community groups on various issues relating to planning applications, parking, fly tipping, housing, litter, and other local matters.

·         Taking part in local litter picks and walk-a-bout/street surgeries

·         Held surgeries at Crossley Community Centre, Mills Hill Primary School or Kingfisher Community School (when circumstances relating to Covid-19 allowed).

·         Worked with local community groups to deliver food and other packages whenever necessary during the pandemic.



Contact me

E: 0161 627 4197
M: 27581 464 535


Crossley Community Centre Saturday between 10 and 11am

Kingfisher Community Special School Friday 5-6pm

Mills Hill Primary School Friday 5-6pm

please see local press for further details.