Adam Boyden

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Future of Frome Leisure Centre to be decided

by adamboyden on 24 November, 2014

The future of leisure provision in Frome will be decided at a meeting on Monday and I would urge people to go along and find out what will be on offer. Mendip District Council (MDC) announced in late 2013 that it was seeking bids for the leases (or subleases) on the 5 leisure centres in […]

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If you want to help keep local pubs open, or protect other important community buildings or land, and give the community a chance to bid to own them, there is good news – Mendip District Council has already registered two pubs as ‘Assets of Community Value’ under the Localism Act – the New Inn, in Priddy, and the Redan, in […]

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Mendip District Council’s Cabinet came to Frome’s Cheese & Grain last Wednesday to answer 20 questions from people in Frome.   Some 45 people (including about 35 members of the public, and district and town councillors) asked questions on flytipping, unconventional gas exploration (including ‘fracking’), renewable energy, council tax, local consultation and engagement with local people, regenerating the town, […]

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People of Frome, Shepton Mallet, Glastonbury, Street and Wells, get your questions ready for Mendip District Council’s Cabinet, who are coming to town to listen to you and answer your questions (at long last) – see http://www.mendip.gov.uk/article/2790/Mendip-Councils-Cabinet-launches-new-QA-forums  So please do not forget to put your questions to Mendip Council  before the deadlines by emailing chiefexec@mendip.gov.uk or calling 01749 […]

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My letter to local newspapers is below, Dear Editor, It has been two years now since Conservative run Somerset County Council cut the waste and recycling budget to such an extent that all household recycling centres were forced to close on 2 days and week and on Sunday afternoons, and new charges were introduced for […]

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Mendip reviews future of Leisure Centres

by adamboyden on 19 March, 2013

A press release from Mendip District Council on 13 March 2013 (see ‘Review of Leisure Centres aims to generate new investment’ http://www.mendip.gov.uk/article/2084/Review-of-leisure-facilities-aims-to-generate-new-investment stated: “Mendip District Council is to launch a district-wide review of its leisure provision in a bid to encourage investment and provide residents with improved facilities and a new range of leisure activities. At […]

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Sensible amendments to Mendip budget defeated

by adamboyden on 4 March, 2013

Mendip’s Liberal Democrats presented three amendments to the Conservative budget at Mendip District Council to: – better tackle environmental crime, including flytipping,  – promote economic development, including tourism, and  – boost our town centres through one day a week free car parking in each of the towns in Mendip, We suggested these improvements to the budget were necessary, and would cost […]

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Bath – Frome 267 evening buses saved, for now…

by adamboyden on 8 February, 2013

Following the cuts to the 267 evening bus service put through by Conservative Somerset County Council in 2011, the Lib Dem run Bath & North East Somerset Council have continued to subsidise the services between Frome and Bath.  This is good news for a large number of Frome residents. This service can be a lifeline for local […]

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See Somerset Wildlife Trust’s news – good news – http://www.somersetwildlife.org/cuts_campaign – more to follow…

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267 Bus service under threat

by adamboyden on 5 February, 2013

The 267 evening bus service to and from Bath is under threat. Following the cuts to the subsidy for the 267 evening services between Frome and Bath by Conservatives at Somerset County Council in 2011, Bath & North East Somerset Council (run by Lib Dems) agreed to continue with their subsidy as one of several ‘unprofitable but socially necessary’ services.  But in […]

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Local residents have been asking me and other councillors what plans there are in place in Mendip for people that are Rough Sleeping in the current severe cold weather.   An emergency plan is meant to be activated to find people sleeping rough and get them into the warm, so people are checking exactly what was being done.  The […]

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Q & A on Mendip’s New Homes Bonus

by adamboyden on 13 November, 2012

How Mendip District Council proposes to allocate its spending of the New Homes Bonus has come in for some criticism recently in Frome due to concern that a greater share of the Bonus should be allocated to local infrastructure improvements to help towns cope with the demands of residents of the new homes planned for, and that a fair […]

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How can we help combat flytipping and boost recycling?

by adamboyden on 23 October, 2012

1. One way people can help tackle flytipping is to report any incidents to Mendip District Council as soon as possible – report a description of the location, type of waste and any suspicious activity around the site, to Mendip District Council on 01749 648999. 2. Ensure that you only use licenced waste carriers to […]

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See article in the Frome Times on my petition here – http://www.frometimes.co.uk/?p=2761: “An online petition has been launched in a bid to reinstate the opening hours of recycling centres across the county to help combat illegal fly-tipping. Mendip District Councillor for Frome College, cllr Adam Boyden, has set up the online petition. He hopes it will […]

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“Mendip District Council, The Centre for Sustainable Energy and Scottish and Southern Energy have teamed up to offer loft and cavity wall insulation for FREE* for everyone in Mendip who owns or privately rents their property with the ‘Warm Streets Scheme’. Following recent fuel price rises by the big six energy companies and with winter […]

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Frome Market proposals: update 3

by adamboyden on 3 February, 2012

I think this is great news for Frome – we have the impetus for a partnership of district and town council, and for local investment in the market, to expand the market to make Frome town centre an even better place to shop and visit. We now have a period ahead in which the councils […]

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Dear Editor, I have not been closely involved in town council financial matters but need to point out that it is not at all fair to complain, as Richard Porteous does, of ‘financial mismanagement’ by the previous (Lib Dem) Frome Town Council, as there has not been any. The 2010-11 Town Council Annual Report states […]

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Somerset’s Liberal Democrat county councillors were appalled when attempts to debate the future of Somerset’s libraries was refused in County Council meeting held on Weds 16th November, when Conservative Councillors voted to stop debate on a Lib Dem libraries motion that was already on the published agenda. This is on the very day that parts […]

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Congratulations to Frome Leisure Centre

by adamboyden on 1 November, 2011

Frome Leisure Centre has recently been rated as one of the best facilities in the region, by Quest, a nationally recognised scheme for measuring the quality of leisure centres. Quest gave Frome Leisure Centre a ‘highly commended’ score of 83%.  I recently sent congratulations to the manager and staff as this is a great achievement.  This bodes well […]

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Road closure causes chaos for buses

by adamboyden on 24 October, 2011

When Bath Road, and its junctions with Fromefield and Princess Anne Road, was closed for essential resurfacing recently, it was quieter for some residents, and traffic delays along the diversion routes, but caused chaos for buses for 3 days. Passengers were let down bySomerset County Council’s failure to notify both bus operators of the temporary […]

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