Adam Boyden

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

Have your say on Saxonvale

by adamboyden on 11 January, 2019

Plans for the regeneration of the Saxonvale site are taking shape. You are all invited to a two-day pop in event today and tomorrow to share your views on the future redevelopment of the largest former industrial site left in Frome. The event is at The Silk Mill, The Gallery, Merchants Barton Frome BA11 1PT, on Friday 11 January 2-7pm and Saturday 12 January 10am-3pm. […]

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Somerton & Frome parliamentary candidate news

by adamboyden on 11 January, 2019

Happy New Year I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year, with family and friends. For me it was a good break from work and politics, and recharge batteries, and it is now time to get stuck in again! It was a busy November and December… Opposing harmful County cuts Over 60 people attended […]

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Saving family services at the Key Centre

by adamboyden on 4 January, 2019

In November over 60 people attended a meeting of the Mendip Trades Union Council in Frome, about the damage being done to community services and jobs by the Conservatives’ cuts at Somerset County Council and continued Conservative Government funding cuts to local government. I gave a speech, as did representatives of three unions, Labour and the Green […]

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Remembering Paddy

by adamboyden on 23 December, 2018

Paddy Ashdown was such an inspiration to all those who knew him or knew of him. He had immense energy and enthusiasm for politics and for helping people, winning respect within and outside the party, and was always looking to the future and how to improve it. His legacy is immense, and will live on […]

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Stop cuts to Citizens Advice

by adamboyden on 3 December, 2018

Somerset County Council recently announced cuts to funding for Citizens Advice in Somerset (see here). For Mendip Citizens Advice this amounts to £98,000, a 21% total cut to funding. Mendip Citizens Advice gives vital and cost-effective support to over 4000 residents a year on a huge range of issues (see here). Sizeable funding cuts to […]

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We need a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal

by adamboyden on 3 December, 2018

The last three weekends I have been out in Frome town centre, with other Lib Dem and Mendip European Movement campaigners, talking to people about the need for a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal with an option to remain in the EU. Others have been out in Somerton town centre. Theresa May’s draft Withdrawal […]

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Save the Key Centre and family support services

by adamboyden on 1 December, 2018

We are extremely concerned about the future of The Key Centre, in the Mount area, which is Frome’s last remaining Children’s Centre. This hosts Getset support services, activities and support groups for local children, parents and young people and it is under threat. Austerity is not over. In the last month, Somerset County Council suddenly without […]

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Saying no to fracking

by adamboyden on 1 December, 2018

Last week I was on BBC Somerset radio’s Claire Carter show talking about why I and thousands of other councillors objected to the Government’s proposal to take decision making on fracking projects away from local councils and into Government control. I argued that the Government should not bypass local democracy, and should be putting their […]

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Mendip District Council has exchanged a conditional contract for the phased sale of the Saxonvale site to a developer – Acorn Property Group – to take forward the regeneration of the derelict town centre site. Please see here for the announcement, here for answers to many questions, and here for the initial Vision Masterplan released […]

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Zero Nights – a homeless emergency shelter for Frome

by adamboyden on 1 December, 2018

After a meeting with people from 10 agencies this September, Fair Housing for Frome are taking forward an emergency rough sleepers cold weather night shelter in Frome, as a volunteer coordinator has been appointed and volunteers have received training. Having helped initiate this, I am pleased to see it is happening before winter weather sets […]

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Bath Road ‘pedestrian island’ crossing approved

by adamboyden on 1 December, 2018

In November, Mendip District Council officers approved the detailed plan for a ‘pedestrian island’ crossing at the top of Bath Road between the new housing development at the former Mendip Lodge Hotel site and Frome College. This is being paid for and built by the developer of the site Latona Leisure. Last year I was […]

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November / December news

by adamboyden on 29 November, 2018

Dear all, It’s news time: Mendip TUC meeting on Somerset cuts On 27th November I attended and spoke at a public meeting about the impact of Somerset County Council’s current £14 million cuts on our community services (with more to come), at the Assembly Rooms in Frome, hosted by Mendip Trades Union Council. I joined […]

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Somerset councils study unitary options

by adamboyden on 25 November, 2018

Please find below the Joint Statement of the Leaders of Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, South Somerset District Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset District Council with regards to working together for the communities of Somerset. This was issued to Mendip District Councillors and others on 13th November 2018: […]

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Packsaddle Way development allocation to be rejected

by adamboyden on 17 November, 2018

I received the agenda for Mendip’s Cabinet meeting on 26th November this week. Agenda item 11 listed here deals with the proposed changes to Mendip’s Local Plan Part 2. Cabinet is asked to agree Proposed Changes (also known as ‘modifications’) following an assessment of responses to consultation on the Pre-submission Plan held in Jan/Feb 2018. Subject to […]

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Frome Fireworks and thanks to proactive councillors

by adamboyden on 5 November, 2018

It was wonderful to see thousands of people enjoying the Frome Fireworks display at the Old Showfield last Saturday, the first public display in town for over 10 years. Thanks go to the Frome Rotary clubs and Frome Town Council for organising (and proposing it in the ‘People’s Budget’ process) and also to the Cricket […]

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Less knocks on the door

by adamboyden on 26 October, 2018

One of the better things to come out of the last Mendip full council meeting (see here) was a verbal reply by the Cabinet member for finance, to my question on the council’s use of Capita-owned enforcement agents (formerly known as bailiffs) to collect Council Tax in relation to people in financial distress. I asked […]

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October news update

by adamboyden on 25 October, 2018

A few things you may be interested in: Packsaddle park consultation Frome Town Council are consulting local residents on how to spend £7500 on improving the park with new equipment or on play workers. This is happening because Frome Town Council recently took a long term lease from Mendip which protects the park and allows FTC […]

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An evening with Paddy Ashdown in Frome

by adamboyden on 23 October, 2018

We were very honoured to welcome Paddy Ashdown to the Silk Mill Studios in Frome, where in conjunction with Winstone’s Hunting Raven bookshop, Paddy gave a fascinating talk about his new book ‘Nein‘, an epic study of the German resistance to Hitler. This work offers a radically different view of the Second World War, and tells […]

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Old Showfield celebration

by adamboyden on 23 October, 2018

It was wonderful to see hundreds of people out in the sunshine enjoying the Old Showfield at its best on Sunday, for Frome Town Council’s Apple Day celebrations at the newly planted orchard. There were guided tours, apple peeling, apple pressing, training sessions at the outdoor gym, and families and children enjoying the recently repaired […]

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We must never get used to foodbanks

by adamboyden on 19 October, 2018

Thank you to the volunteers and supporters of Fair Frome and other foodbanks, but we must never get used to this: Recently I paid a visit to the local charity Fair Frome, where I met some of their dedicated volunteers. They told me about the amazing work they do to alleviate poverty in Frome through […]

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