Adam Boyden

Liberal Democrat councillor on Mendip District Council for Frome College ward Learn more

Stand up for what you believe in – Be a Councillor

by adamboyden on 14 October, 2018

Could you make a real difference for your local community?  Whatever needs changing in your area, you could effect those changes by becoming a local Councillor. No other role gives you such a good opportunity to make a huge difference to your neighbours’ quality of life. We need people who really care about their community to come […]

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Give the people a vote

by adamboyden on 10 October, 2018

Letter published in Frome Standard 4th October 2018 Dear Editor, Frome Standard, In your last issue Colin McNamee makes his case for a ‘Leave Means Leave’ Brexit. He reassures us that warnings of a ‘no deal’ Brexit damaging the UK are ‘Project Fear’, and farmers will not be affected. However, the President of the National […]

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September newsletter

by adamboyden on 30 September, 2018

Dear all, As one of your district councillors I try to keep you informed on local issues, so here is my latest newsround: Standing up for Somerton & Frome Last weekend I was delighted to be selected as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the Somerton & Frome constituency. Please see here for […]

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Yesterday (Weds 12th September) Somerset County Council’s Cabinet agreed to make huge spending cuts in over 70 areas of work, despite angry protests from unions, opposition councillors and members of the public. The cuts include: reducing the winter road gritting service from 23 to 16 routes (and not providing grit to any local grit bins), […]

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Please see below a question and a motion for Full Council on 24th September. The motion is item 17 (see here), and the question is item 19, of the agenda – see here. The meeting is held in the Council Chamber of Mendip District Council offices, Shape Mendip hub, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet. To speak at […]

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Saxonvale – local people MUST be consulted

by adamboyden on 27 August, 2018

As Lib Dem district councillors in Frome we welcome the decision by Mendip District Council to purchase the derelict land and buildings at Saxonvale, to regenerate the site and invest in Frome.  However we feel it is essential that local people have a right to say how this land is developed.    We feel strongly that […]

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August update

by adamboyden on 3 August, 2018

A quick update on a few things: Frome Town Council’s Showfield community orchard consultation took place this afternoon again on the old Showfield – so apologies if you missed it, but please see my July newsletter here for information and how to have your say. If you didn’t know already, Lilley’s Cider are having an open day […]

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Politics and a pint Somerton & Frome Liberal Democrats proudly present ‘Politics and a Pint’ this Thursday 26th July, 7.15-9.15pm upstairs at the Archangel pub on King Street. Are you traumatised by Trump, bewildered by Brexit, feeling politics is a bit iffy? Come and tell us what you think and help us put things right. […]

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July newsletter

by adamboyden on 22 July, 2018

Dear all, As one of the councillors for Frome College ward on Mendip District Council, I want to keep you up to date, so please see below for my latest news on local issues: Community orchard proposed at the Old Showfield Planning application for 96 homes at Packsaddle Way has been withdrawn Packsaddle parks in […]

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Mobile phone mast to be proposed at Rodden Road

by adamboyden on 21 July, 2018

A mobile phone mast is being proposed (by agents for two phone companies) at the entrance to the health centre/ hospital car park next to the Old Showfield. I understand the application has not yet been submitted, and that Maxema are seeking initial feedback from local stakeholders. An application was submitted last year for this […]

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Packsaddle parks in Town hands

by adamboyden on 12 July, 2018

I have been informed by Mendip District Council that the long-term leases for Frome Town Council to lease the park at Packsaddle Way, Chapmans Close games court, and the play area at Tower View (opposite the Key Centre at The Mount, in Keyford ward) from Mendip have finally been completed. I instigated the process in […]

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Packsaddle housing plans withdrawn

by adamboyden on 12 July, 2018

I have heard from the Planning department at Mendip District Council that the planning application for 96 homes at the end of Packsaddle Way has recently been withdrawn.  This was application reference 2018/0256/OTA, submitted earlier this year.  There were over 130 public comments, including 107 objections and 28 in support. Official objections were submitted by Frome Town Council […]

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‘Goffstonbury festival’ statement

by adamboyden on 19 June, 2018

The organisers of Danny Goffey’s ‘Goffstonbury festival’ album launch house party at the edge of Frome have issued the following statement, in response to a few residents’ concerns about noise and parking (see May newsletter here): ‘Distiller Records are hosting an invitation-only 1 day music event to celebrate an album launch for one of their […]

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Fly problem in north west Frome

by adamboyden on 16 June, 2018

I am aware of a fly problem in some parts of the north west of Frome. I raised this with Mendip District Council’s Environmental Health officers and this is their response: ‘Unfortunately the fly problem is most likely to be associated with the Frome sewage treatment works which does sometimes affect nearby properties despite Wessex […]

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Revised plans for Bath Road pedestrian island

by adamboyden on 15 June, 2018

The developer of the 7 new houses under construction at the old Mendip Lodge Hotel on Bath Road has resubmitted revised plans for a pedestrian island across Bath Road, to respond to Somerset Highways’ comments on the previous version. Details are required to satisfy a planning condition requirement for a ‘pedestrian crossing’ before the houses are […]

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Concessions won on Sunday parking charges

by adamboyden on 29 May, 2018

At their meeting on Monday 21st May, Mendip District Council’s Cabinet decided to endorse the Car Parking Charges Review 2018-22, including new Sunday parking charges in Frome and Shepton Mallet, and increases to hourly charges and season tickets – see here. I and Damon Hooton (Lib Dem, Park ward) and other Frome councillors opposed the Conservative […]

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Thank you all very much for responding to the survey that I and Drew Gardner carried out on the new GP appointment system introduced last November at Frome Medical Practice. It was important to help see what people were experiencing. With over 250 responses in, we prepared a draft report and sent it to the Practice to […]

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May newsletter

by adamboyden on 21 May, 2018

Dear all, I am one of the councillors for Frome College ward on Mendip District Council, and want to keep you up to date, please see below for my latest news on local issues: Opposition to Mendip’s Sunday parking charges Somerset County Council calls for conversation on Unitary Council Changing Places puts Frome on the […]

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Things happening at the Old Showfield

by adamboyden on 20 May, 2018

There is alot planned for the Old Showfield this year. The final repairs to the lower part of the childrens playground at the Old Showfield are at last taking place. The repaired upper playground looks very good. Frome Town Council are encouraging people to use the Outdoor Gym at the Old Showfield, and are running introduction […]

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On 2nd May, Somerset County Council’s Conservative leadership surprised the county’s 5 district councils by announcing it was starting a conversation about the future of local government in Somerset, including the option of replacing all 6 councils with one or more unitary authorities. The County Council announcement is here. SCC argue that a unitary council […]

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