Adam Boyden

Mendip District Councillor for Frome College ward and Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Somerton & Frome Learn more

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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 on Tuesday 7th August between 3pm and 7pm, on their cider orchard between Packsaddle Way and Cuckoo Lane to discuss their plans for a cidery, shop and cafe (and perhaps, 2 houses),. You will be able to see the current plans and talk to Chris and Mark Lilley about them, and light refreshments will be available under a small marquee at the top of the hill.  In February (see here) I reported that Lilleys Cider had submitted a response to Mendip’s Local Plan Part 2 (see here which requested the land between Cuckoo Lane and the Packsaddle estate be allocated for mixed (employment and housing) use and outlined their plans for two new houses and a new purpose built cidery, along with a café/farm shop/community space and apple and pear orchards there. I met the Lilleys shortly after to discuss their plans, which are now taking shape. Please let me know what you think.
Also, after being alerted to a problem with the Stonebridge stream where vegetation clearance was undertaken the week before last and most of the litter and cuttings were left in the stream (thanks Jackie!), Mendip officers assure me that they are on the case and it should be cleared up soon. Please let me know if this is not the case!
Rubbish and recycling kerbside collections are starting at 6am due to the hot weather –
The broken bollard at Swallow Drive has also been passed on to the relevant team at Mendip after I chased up a resident’s alert (thanks Ernest).
At Frome Town Council there was a Town Matters Committee meeting this week, please see here for an update on the Town Centre and the Economic Survey (Frome has only a 3% shop vacancy rate, well below the regional and national averages, but there are complaints about MDC’s car parks), Frome Community Education, and community grants.


Frome Town Council explores how to cut carbon emissions here –


Somerset County Council’s Improving Lives consultation can also be found here


If you are concerned or interested in the effects of Brexit on everyday life, you may be interested in the informative events being held in September by the European Movement Mendip Branch – see, on Health & Social Care (7th Sept), Agriculture, Food & Our Environment (14th Sept), Tourism, the Arts, & Hospitality (21st Sept, in Frome’s Hubnub Centre), and What It All Means for Somerset (28th Sept).They and Bath for Europe are also holding a street stall in Frome town centre on 18th August. You can get in touch with them at

Please do let me know anything I may have missed, and tell me what you think (email or
Best wishes,
Adam Boyden
Mendip District Councillor, Frome College ward (Lib Dem)
Somerton & Frome Lib Dems –
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