Adam Boyden

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

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Packsaddle housing plans withdrawn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at Mendip District Council that the planning application for 96 homes at the end of Packsaddle Way has recently been withdrawn.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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United in opposition to Sunday parking charges

by adamboyden on 17 May, 2018

As members of the main opposition at Mendip District Council, we are very concerned about the proposed introduction of parking charges on Sundays in Frome, which is recommendation 4 in the item 10 report (Car Park Charges Review) to Mendip’s Cabinet meeting on Monday 21st May (see here: agenda, report, review report, comments part 1 and […]

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Mendip District Council has reviewed its Car Parking Strategy, with a report to Cabinet in April which was withdrawn following objections from members of the Car Parks Working Group. A revised strategy was issued to Frome Town Council, Frome Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders for limited consultation for 10 days in April, and will […]

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Do you want to make a difference in your community on issues you care about, help people, and stand up for residents? If you do, then being an elected Councillor could be for you. Somerton and Frome Liberal Democrats are holding an informal session where you can find out more. Current and former councillors will […]

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Planning application for 96 homes at Packsaddle Way

by adamboyden on 31 March, 2018

An outline planning application has been submitted for 96 houses, and some live-work offices, at Packsaddle Way and Innox Hill / Spring Gardens, on the site identified in policy FR6 of the Mendip District Pre-Submission Local Plan Part 2, planning reference 2018/0256/OTA: ‘Outline application with all matters reserved save for access, for a residential scheme of […]

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Frome’s Changing Places facility is open

by adamboyden on 24 March, 2018

At a brief but wonderful ceremony on Saturday 24th March the first Changing Places toilet facility in the district was opened in Frome town centre at the main car park toilets, with drinks and cakes in the Black Swan’s Round Tower. Alison and her daughter Ettie cut the ribbon with the Mayor of Frome Shiela […]

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February/March 2018 newsletter

by adamboyden on 2 March, 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 on local issues: Winter weather Help for rough sleepers Litter picks postponed Frome GP appointments system – survey results Can Frome’s compassionate community save the NHS? Mendip Local Plan Part 2 […]

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Litter picks are being organised around Frome as part of the Great British Spring Clean.  The Great British Spring Clean is a national campaign designed to help keep our streets looking good. Local volunteers are being asked to join in and help make neighbourhoods as clean as possible this spring in time for the warmer weather. […]

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Mendip District Council’s Draft ‘Pre-Submission’ Local Plan Part 2 public consultation ended on 12th February. Some 300 responses have so far been added to the council’s website here and there are more to be added. Policy FR6: Land at Innox Hill (Packsaddle Way) There are many objections from local residents and other councillors to policy FR6 and […]

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GP appointments survey results

by adamboyden on 24 February, 2018

As you may know, in November Frome Medical Practice changed their GP appointment system. After we heard some concerns, we launched a survey to ask people if they were satisfied or not and why (see the original article and link to survey here). We had over 250 responses online and several in writing. In summary: […]

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January 2018 newsletter

by adamboyden on 22 January, 2018

Dear all, This is a reminder of current consultations and upcoming meetings that you may be interested in. As one of your councillors on Mendip District Council, I hope to keep local residents updated on local issues: Mendip Local Plan Part 2 consultation proposes 100 houses at Packsaddle Way Frome Town Council meeting on Local […]

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