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Our MP broke his promise to end sewage pollution

by adamboyden on 24 October, 2021

One of the worst things to do in politics is to pledge to do something and then do the exact opposite. Our current Conservative MP for Somerton and Frome is being accused of doing just that after he helped the Government defeat a proposed legal duty on water companies to end sewage pollution, despite previously […]

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Thanks to everyone who responded to the recent consultation on the proposed pedestrianisation of Berkley Lane and Dark Lane to the north of Frome. This is proposed by Mendip District Council (and supported by Somerset County Council, Frome Town Council and others) in order to improve the amenity of the area and reduce flytipping and other […]

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Hedgerow removal proposed north of Packsaddle Way

by adamboyden on 25 August, 2021

My response to the application for hedgerow removal to the north of Packsaddle Way, Frome, ref. 2021/1839/HDG (see link to the application here), is below: I wish to object to the application for hedgerow removal at land at Packsaddle Way, Frome, ref. 2021/1839/HDG, as one of the ward councillors for the adjacent Frome College ward […]

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Mendip District Council and Somerset County Council are informally consulting on proposals to pedestrianise Berkley Lane and Dark Lane, to the north of Frome, in order to reduce flytipping crime and anti-social activity, and to improve the amenity of the area. We would like to hear from everyone – local residents, businesses, landowners and others […]

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Running the Frome 10k to support our NHS

by adamboyden on 18 July, 2021

I (and my son!) ran the Frome 10k this morning, struggling through the heat, but it was wonderful to see amazing support from Frome residents for over 1000 runners in the Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and fun run events. I hope to raise money for the NHS charities, as the NHS is there for all of us […]

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July newsletter

by adamboyden on 18 July, 2021

Covid update: The Government has announced the end of the Covid-19 national restrictions from Monday 19th July – please see here. But with cases now rising again, the message from Somerset County Council’s public health team is ‘Think twice, do the right thing, and don’t let your guard down‘ – see here. Vaccinations against Covid-19 are now […]

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Don’t let your guard down

by adamboyden on 16 July, 2021

The Government has announced the end of the Covid-19 national restrictions from Monday 19th July – please see here. But with cases now rising again, the message from Somerset County Council’s public health team is ‘Think twice, do the right thing, and don’t let your guard down‘: ‘From Monday, most legal restrictions relating to Covid-19 will be […]

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June newsletter

by adamboyden on 2 June, 2021

Covid update: The Government significantly reduced the national restrictions on 17th May – please see here. Please see here for a handy local summary. Vaccinations against Covid-19 are now available for people aged 30 and above – please see here. Self-isolating if you have COVID-19, or are showing symptoms, is one of the most important things you […]

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Everyone on the electoral roll has a vote in a local poll (referendum) on the future of local government in Somerset – see here. This was agreed by all four district councils on 30th April, and asks voters to choose between the two options being considered by the Government to replace the existing county council […]

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UPDATE 16th June: The Fair Homes project, and all sites proposed for development within it, including Selwood Crescent green, has been withdrawn in its entirety, following feedback from residents in the consultation – please see the statement from the project partners here. Thank you to everyone who responded. Your local open spaces are now safe. […]

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A reminder that today Thursday 6th May is the day of the election for our next Police & Crime Commissioner for the Avon & Somerset area. Heather Shearer is the Liberal Democrat candidate. She is currently Vice Chair of Somerset’s Police & Crime Panel, the Mendip District Councillor with special responsibility for Community Health & Safety, a member […]

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Have your say on the Hawksworth Close play area:

by adamboyden on 26 April, 2021

I have been alerted by local residents that the Hawksworth Close children’s play area (along the footpath from Brunel Way to Forest Road) looks in need of a refresh. Only two sets of swings remain, one for toddlers and one for older children. It may be possible that Mendip will be able to install some […]

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Opportunities to improve bus services

by adamboyden on 22 April, 2021

Frome has battled over many years both to protect and to improve its bus services, especially to Bath, Trowbridge and our neighbouring villages. The Frome and Villages Bus User Group (FAVBUG) has spearheaded those campaigns and I’ve been one of their staunchest supporters. Sadly we’ve seen bus funding in Somerset cut over the past decade. […]

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Fromefield traffic survey

by adamboyden on 22 April, 2021

Local residents in Fromefield are worried about traffic speeds and road safety in the area. This is a main route into the town centre for a lot of traffic. It’s also an important space for pedestrians (particularly school and college students), a lively community and home to many of Frome’s services and sports facilities.  “We […]

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April newsletter

by adamboyden on 21 April, 2021

Covid-19 update – lockdown easing: The Government is now easing the national restrictions – please see here. People are allowed to meet outside, with one other household or up to six in private gardens. The stay at home rule has ended but the government urged people to stay local. Outdoor sport facilities have reopened, including golf […]

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A planning application has been submitted to develop all but one of the last remaining vacant plots on the south side of the Commerce Park. The application is for 61 small business units (B2/B8 units with ancillary office space, in nine buildings), and a single industrial building in two 15,000 sq.ft. units (use class B8 and […]

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Today Monday 19th April is the final day of the Government’s consultation on the potential reorganisation of local councils in Somerset. You can still have your say on the rival Stronger Somerset and One Somerset proposals for a new unitary system of local government until 11.45pm tonight – please see here. The County Council’s ‘One Somerset’ […]

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Electric vehicle (EV) charging points are due to be installed in Mendip District Council-owned car parks over the summer, to help meet the council’s climate objectives. Some 24 charging points (including ‘rapid’ and ‘fast’ chargers) are to be placed across seven Council car parks in the district by Council partner Franklin Energy, providing 56 bays […]

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Update on land at Easthill, Frome

by adamboyden on 21 March, 2021

Statement from the Mendip Liberal Democrat Group regarding land at Easthill, Frome: Following a review of land at Easthill, Frome, the Liberal Democrat group of Mendip District Council are committed to retaining the site in Council ownership for use as cemetery extension land. The Group are therefore minded to withdraw support for any further development […]

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Acheson & Acheson propose expansion at Commerce Park

by adamboyden on 26 February, 2021

The international beauty products developer and manufacturer Acheson & Acheson (which expanded its facility after planning permission was granted in 2016 – see here), proposes to expand again. A leaflet is being delivered to residents on Monday 1st March to explain – see below: The Operations Director’s email to local councillors adds, ‘Our company develops […]

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