Howard Sykes MBE

Party: Liberal Democrats

Ward: Shaw

Other councillors representing this Ward:

Additional Information

To find out more about my work in and around Shaw and on the Council, please see:  or follow me on Twitter: @Howard_Sykes or Facebook: /Councillor Howard Sykes



Councillor Howard Sykes Annual Report


Surgery details

Thursday 21 October 2021
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Councillors Hazel Gloster, Chris Gloster and Howard Sykes (Lib Dem)
Lifelong Learning Centre
High Street
Oldham OL2 8TB

If you have any queries or problems that need to be discussed with your Liberal Democrat Councillor, please contact Councillor Sykes on telephone number 0161 770 4016, email him at,, Twitter: @Howard_Sykes, Facebook: /Councillor Howard Sykes

Contact information

Correspondence address: 
Oldham Council
Room 338
Level 3, Civic Centre
West Street, Oldham

Bus. phone:  0161 770 4016


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Committee appointments

Appointments to outside bodies


Cllr Howard Sykes – Shaw  Ward



·         Supporting residents and business
through Covid-19

·         New Health Centre for Shaw

·         Protecting Green Belt/spaces

·         Litter, fly-tipping and dog fouling

·         Listening to residents

·         Environmental improvements

·         Local policing ASB/crime

·         Bus and tram services

·         Highways, footways and speeding

Work in the  community

Your Shaw Liberal Democrat Councillors would like to say a massive thanks to our NHS, Key Workers and the whole Community for stepping up in our hour of need. We are far from out of the woods yet and its definitely not business as usual, but we have been inspired by the resilience of the community.

This year throughout the Coronavirus epidemic I have continued to champion all issues for Shaw residents. I have embraced new ways of working to enable me to meet new needs and to offer the appropriate support to affected residents and communities.

·         I work with the local community centre with food packages for the vulnerable and elderly during national lockdown.

·         I liaise with Council departments on resident’s behalf with regards to applications for the Small Business Grant Fund.

·         I keep up to date with residents’ concerns this may be by leaflet questionnaires or telephone campaigns.

·         I keep communication open with residents I am contactable by email, telephone, Twitter, Facebook, my web site and Microsoft Teams. This allows me to manage a range of issues on behalf of residents such as, housing repairs, rehousing requests, neighbour disputes, school applications, healthcare complaints, council bins and rubbish removal, dog waste and new street litter or grit bins.

·         I am a member of the LGA Councillors Forum, and the Council’s Health & Wellbeing Board.

·         I attended training on “Safeguarding”, “Casework & Advocacy Skills”.

·         I am a governor at St Joseph’s school and as a parent myself I strive for our children’s right to receive an education appropriate to their needs.

·         I continue to work closely with our local Police, the District Partnership, Parish Council, residents and businesses of Shaw to resolve the problem of anti-social behaviour. This work remains an on-going battle to ensure that residents have a safe place to live.

·         I continue to challenge the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and its successor, and work to achieve the best outcome possible for residents’ homes, jobs, and the environment by opposing the appalling loss of our green spaces. For further information about the work I do for this please refer to my website.

·         I work with Transport for Greater Manchester resolving residents’ issues about bus services or Metrolink. Additionally, I am a member of Greater Manchester Transport Committee here we are working to achieve a fully integrated, high capacity transport system.

·         I formally object to planning applications if I believe they are inappropriate or not a benefit to residents. Most recently I have objected to Shaw Asda’s recent request for 24-hour deliveries and the conversion of the Weaver’s Answer PH. We work constructively with developers who wish to build new homes on the Very/Yodel site and elsewhere in Shaw.

·         I continue to drive the campaign forward for a new Health Centre for Shaw and Crompton.

·         I continue to request regular vehicle speed monitoring on roads such as Buckstones Road – with a view to the instalment of speed enforcement measures that can be taken to address and resolve these issues.

·         I work with the Highways Department to have the potholes, blocked grids and poor footpaths resurfaced or repaired. Most recently following a great deal of negotiation the pavements along Underwood Way were resurfaced – this was a five year plus battle.

·         I regularly pursue complaints of fly tipping around Shaw and I work very closely with the Environmental Health Department on this matter. Most recently I organised the clearing of rubbish left outside the Former Weavers Answer Public House, Crompton Moor, Grains Road, Shaw Town Centre and Jubilee.

·         As Chair of the Crompton Moor Users Group and in my role as Ward Councillor, I meet regularly with the group, working closely for this area of countryside that within our community remains very important. I continue to ensure that this area is maintained and safe to use by all. Most recently I have been instrumental in agreeing a new dog sign that will hopefully be introduced by the start of the nesting season. The Public Space Protection Order has recently been updated to provide more protection.

·         I continue to work with residents and a variety of agencies for a resolution to on-going flooding problems, primarily in the areas of Dunwood Park, Woodend, Grains Road, Grains Bar, Jubilee.

T: 0161 7704016

Emergency: 0161 770 7007

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Face to face Ward Surgeries are cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Please contact me by phone or email for any issues or problems.