Councillor Adam Boyden

Somerset County Councillor for Frome North and Mendip District Councillor for Frome College ward (Lib Dem) Learn more

Local elections in May 2022:

by adamboyden on 2 February, 2022

The Government has confirmed that the date for the next local elections will be Thursday 5th May 2022. Some 110 councillors will be elected across Somerset to form a new Somerset Council, doubling up the number of councillors in each existing Somerset County Council division. Those elected in May 2022 will serve as Somerset County Councillors for […]

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Conserving and improving open spaces

by adamboyden on 2 February, 2022

Conserving and improving open spaces – transfers to Frome Town Council: As I wrote last month, Frome Town Council is asking Mendip District Council to transfer several open spaces currently owned by MDC into FTC ownership, before the formation of a new unitary Somerset Council, so that they can be protected and improved. This was […]

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In September 2021, Mendip District Councillors approved a plan to apply to the Government for permission to pedestrianise Berkley Lane and Dark Lane in a bid to reduce flytipping to the north of Frome, after an initial local public consultation backed the idea (see here).   An Application for a Pedestrianisation Order at Berkley Lane […]

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The Frome Collegians football club have submitted a planning application for the provision of visitor toilets and servery facilities, adjacent to their football pitch at the Old Showfield. The facilities are needed in order to comply with Football Association Ground Grading requirements for the level of football the senior team play at (the Wiltshire Senior […]

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January news

by adamboyden on 3 December, 2021

Dear All, Part of a local councillor’s role is to keep residents informed, so here is my latest newsletter on all things local… Covid disrupts recycling collections in Stonebridge: Somerset Waste Partnership is apologising for missing recycling and food waste collections this week in Stonebridge and other parts of Frome, as well as Beckington and […]

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Conservative MPs’ double standards

by adamboyden on 18 November, 2021

The Government sleaze and corruption scandals continue, with MPs’ second jobs now in the news. I was always taught that people should treat others the way they wish to be treated themselves. This is a high standard and hard to meet all the time. Still, the furore and debate about MPs doing second jobs and […]

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MP vote on parliamentary standards under the spotlight

by adamboyden on 13 November, 2021

My letter to local newspapers on 8th November 2021: MPs’ payments, hospitality and gifts from outside interests are under the spotlight. The Government has U-turned on their shocking plan to overturn the parliamentary standards process to help their friend Owen Paterson avoid suspension as an MP for 30 days, after he was found by the […]

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Ambulance delays

by adamboyden on 30 October, 2021

Mendip District Councillor for Frome College ward Drew Gardner writes, ‘Sometimes events touch you which leave you asking questions. On Weds the 13th October I encountered a 99 year old gentlemen who fell off his disability scooter and sustained a very nasty facial injury, he was bleeding profusely on the pavement. His son in law […]

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November news

by adamboyden on 30 October, 2021

Dear all, as your local councillors we need to keep you up to date with council news, so please see a news update below: Glow in the Park at the Old Showfield: In case you haven’t seen all the signs, this is a reminder that on Saturday 30th October from 3.30 to 6.30pm the Old […]

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The following urgent briefing on Covid was provided to councillors by Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team: ‘You will have noted from the Covid dashboard that the case rate in Mendip is still the highest in the county.  The highest rates are in the greater Frome area but significantly high in other MSOAs within Mendip. […]

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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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