McMahon drapes his great adverts down the side of the derelict town hall telling us how great he has done. Yet the truth is the town has gone downhill on his watch. No Cinemas, No Ikea, no Marks, disappearing market, Spindles emptying. He acts as though he can't bang heads together to get ground sharing going.
He says we all want a vibrant town and good sports teams but waffles on about there being no money .At the same time he is going on about face-lifting Yorkshire St and the Old town hall and providing assistance to (wait for it) private companies who are in the area trading or who want to come into the area.
That art gallery was funded somehow, not necessarily by the council, but they would have been pushing it to the right committees for funding. Please don't tell me it pays its way and makes money for this town, It doesn't.
McMahon thinks the Metro link will resurrect things. There are certainly plenty of takeaways to go to when you get of the tram.
McMahon is not interested in the towns sporting heritage. He will pay it lip service but brushes it under the carpet. It’s not about providing the Latics or the Rugby with a free stadium it's about building one for the town with a combination for public and private money. The land for Watersheddings and Westwood disappeared into other uses so the council owes it to the town to put something in place and start proposing deals to get it done. It may not be with the current club owners but with new interest in doing something.
I've been to all the other places where it’s happened. Look at Hunslet. It's not for the rugby it's for all sorts.
With McMahon the will is not there. If the will was there it could happen. It’s about vision and banging heads together.
Its not just face-lifting shops and blowing money on street furniture that make a place vibrant. I have seen all this garbage down Hathershaw, So called new deal nonsense, blowing 4 million on what? Is the place any better?
4 million, that’s part of a small/medium sport facility there right away .We could have had world cup matches for the rugby on the go now. That’s just for starters.
Some would argue that Hamilton would not be a trusted owner of the rugby league club. This may well be true. BQ did however make the point that the council were not interested.
McMahon’s attitude bears that out.
There is little enough to keep me coming to Oldham .No cinemas, rubbish town centre, I could go on. The rugby was always the thing. Now it ain't.
Most I want to do is watch the odd away match where at least I can sit in a covered stand should the need arise.
It could and should be so different.