Frome North news

by adamboyden on 15 September, 2023

Education education education: Somerset Council’s Children and Families Scrutiny Committee meeting on 13th September included a presentation on the potential for a reorganisation of schools in the Frome area into a two tier system, at item 7 Education Modelling in Frome – Next Steps – see here. This has been covered in local news here. There are potential […]

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Save Frome railway station ticket office

by adamboyden on 27 July, 2023

Train operators have proposed changes to, and closures of, the majority of rail station ticket offices in England. As part of the consultation Transport Focus wants to hear your views to understand how the changes will impact you. Great Western Railway manages the Frome station and is proposing to close the ticket office between October 2023 […]

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New MP for Somerton & Frome: Sarah Dyke (Liberal Democrat) was elected as our new MP for Somerton & Frome in the by-election on 20th July, with 55% of the vote – see here (Somerset Council), here (BBC) and https://www.sarahdyke.uk/. Sarah’s new email is sarah.dyke.mp@parliament.uk, or you can contact her by post to House of […]

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Somerset bin strike is called off: Somerset Council announced on 18th July (see here) the good news that that the proposed industrial action by Somerset waste and recycling collection crews has been called off. This follows a positive response to a Unite ballot to members on an improved pay offer from SUEZ, the Council’s collections […]

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July news

by adamboyden on 9 July, 2023

A few things this month: Waste and recycling strike action suspended:  Somerset Council can confirm that strike action, which was planned to start on Wednesday 12th July for four weeks by waste collection crews employed by Somerset Council’s contractor Suez, has been suspended. Residents are asked to put out refuse, recycling and garden waste as […]

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Somerton & Frome by-election and other news

by adamboyden on 20 June, 2023

The big news at the weekend was that the former Conservative MP for Somerton & Frome has resigned (see here), so there will be a by-election here on 20th July to elect our new Member of Parliament. Sarah Dyke is the Liberal Democrat candidate, a Somerset Councillor and Executive member for Environment and Climate Change […]

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Packsaddle planning application submitted

by adamboyden on 22 May, 2023

A full planning application for the ‘Erection of 74 dwellings, 1 no. children with disabilities home, including means of access, drainage, landscaping and associated works’ at Somerset Council owned land at Packsaddle Way, Frome, has been submitted by LiveWest – please see see here. To comment on the planning application please see the Council’s planning […]

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Mid May update

by adamboyden on 22 May, 2023

A mid/late May update is below, including items included in my reports to the Town and Parish Councils this month after my main May update: Waste collections next week: Don’t forget that waste and recycling collections will be delayed by a day next week due to Spring Bank Holiday Monday – see here. Packsaddle planning application: […]

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Local Community Networks (LCNs) will be the focus for Somerset Council’s community engagement. They will be a conduit for sharing information with communities on the areas, topics, decision making that affect our daily lives. There are 18 LCNs being established across the County. LCNs will help Somerset Council understand evidence-based community priorities. They will bring partners and […]

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Frome North news: May

by adamboyden on 30 April, 2023

There’s quite alot going on here at the moment so please bear with me: Bank Holiday bin collections: The week after the King’s coronation, there will be changes to our refuse and recycling collection days: No collections on Bank Holiday Monday, 8 May. Collections will be one day later for the rest of that week […]

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Public consultation on new solar farm near Rode

by adamboyden on 30 April, 2023

Renewable energy developers ‘Low Carbon’ have started a public consultation into their emerging plans for a solar farm development, with battery storage, on 69 hectares of farmland adjacent to the A361, Bradford Road and Rode Hill to the east of Rode. The development would have the capacity to generate approximately 49.9 Megawatts (‘MW’) of renewable […]

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Plans have been submitted for the development of 18 new low-carbon affordable homes on an apparently underused part of Somerset Council’s North Parade car park, comprising 9 houses and 9 flats. The scheme was initiated by Mendip District Council as part of the first social and affordable housing programme by a local council here for […]

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Adam’s Councillor Advice Surgery dates

by adamboyden on 27 April, 2023

I have always kept in touch with residents well via email newsletters and my website which has over 500 articles now (to subscribe or get in touch please email me), but I know councillors need to do more to be visible, available and there for you. So please do come and see me if you […]

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Flies around Frome sewage works

by adamboyden on 17 April, 2023

Last year the fly nuisance suffered for years by residents around Wessex Water’s Frome Water Recycling Centre (the sewage works at Welshmill) was substantially reduced by Wessex Water’s installation of netting over the sewage filter beds, initially over half as a control study, and then across the whole site, with fly numbers reduced by around […]

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Frome Local Cycling and Walking Plan

by adamboyden on 16 April, 2023

A new Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Frome, which the Town Council adopted at its meeting on 19th April, could lead to improvements in walking and cycling routes, more pedestrian crossings, lower speed limits and more ‘low traffic neighbourhoods’. The complete plan can be seen here. The LCWIP has been led by Frome […]

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April news

by adamboyden on 14 April, 2023

New era at Somerset Council The main news this month is that 1st April was ‘vesting day’ for the new Somerset Council, a ‘unitary authority’ that has taken over all services from the district and county councils – please see here, including useful links the new website. That means no more Mendip District Council, or […]

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Old oak trees under threat at Acacia Drive

by adamboyden on 14 April, 2023

An application has been submitted by one of the insurance companies for a neighbour of the small play park at Acacia Drive, to remove the two old Oak trees at the park, due to alleged impacts on the house. Both trees are legally protected by a Tree Preservation Order, and one is identified as a […]

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New era at Somerset Council

by adamboyden on 11 April, 2023

The main news this month is that 1st April was ‘vesting day’ for the new Somerset Council, a ‘unitary authority’ that has taken over all services from the district and county councils. That means no more Mendip District Council, or Somerset County Council. 110 Somerset Councillors were elected as county councillors last May, with 61 […]

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LiveWest have launched their much anticipated pre-application consultation on draft proposals for the development of the Packsaddle Fields site on Monday 20th March. LiveWest say they are looking to bring forward a planning application in the near future for 74 new homes, a residential facility for children with disabilities (to be managed by Somerset County […]

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As I said in my newsletters, the Somerset Councils are consulting on a new Statement of Community Involvement, which sets out how Somerset Council will involve and consult local communities, organisations and others in the planning process, including in preparing planning policy documents and in determining planning applications, including how neighbours to a development site […]

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