Adam Boyden

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

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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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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