A POLITICAL dispute has erupted about Saddleworth Moor.
Saddleworth Parish Council member Ken Hulme has campaigned to extend the boundaries of the Peak District National Park further into the moorland.
But Clr Hulme, who represents Delph and Denshaw, accused Oldham Council’s Liberal Democrat members of wrecking his efforts to redraw the borders.
He said: “I am appalled at the way in which senior councillors have played politics with this issue.
“They have used their influence on the parish council to block any further work on this project.
“Instead they turned it into a party political campaign.”
Plans to extend national park boundaries to include uninhabited areas of the moorland were put forward by Phil Woolas, the MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, over two years ago.
Clr Hulme wants a full discussion about the Peak Part at the next full Saddleworth Parish Council meeting in October.
He said: “I hope that despite the damage that has been done it might still be possible to salvage something from the wreckage and carry this important issue forward.”
Clr Hulme added: “It is too important for Saddleworth.”