Adam Boyden

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

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Cider factory proposed off Cuckoo Lane (updated)

by adamboyden on 29 March, 2019

Original article, March 2019: An outline planning application has been submitted by Mark Lilley (Lilley’s Cider) for a ‘Cider Production Facility, Farm Shop/Cafe, Sheep Barn and 2 x Eco Houses’ at land off Cuckoo Lane, Frome, BA11 2NT. The planning application (reference 2019/0416/OTS) can be found here. The application is supported by a Landscape and […]

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Councillor Adam Boyden and campaigner Drew Gardner have been selected by the Liberal Democrats to stand for Frome College ward in the local elections to Mendip District Council on 2nd May. Please get in touch to help and find out more!

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Cleaning up Frome

by adamboyden on 27 March, 2019

Drew Gardner and Adam Boyden got stuck in to the recent Litter Warriors litter pick at Stonebridge, organised by the new group supported by Frome Town Council. Drew said “It was great to come together with lots of Frome residents to tidy the place up a bit. Litter can be such a problem. I am […]

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Climate emergency declared

by adamboyden on 27 March, 2019

Liberal Democrat councillors have recently led and supported resolutions at Somerset and Mendip councils against fracking and single use plastics, and to declare a ‘climate emergency’. Climate change is a threat to our civilisation and the natural world. In 2016 I asked Mendip to join other councils and promote energy conservation and reduce emissions, but […]

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Citizens Advice needs your support

by adamboyden on 25 March, 2019

Citizens Advice Mendip gives vital and cost-effective advice and support to over 4,000 residents a year on issues such as debt, housing, Universal Credit and other benefits, employment, legal and family problems. Last autumn Tory-run Somerset County Council slashed £98,000 of funding for Citizens Advice Mendip, a 21% cut in its budget, which threatened drastic […]

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Bath Road will be safer with new crossing

by adamboyden on 25 March, 2019

I have long been lobbying Mendip and Somerset councils and the developers building 7 new houses at the old Mendip Lodge Hotel site at the top of Bath Road about the need for a pedestrian crossing for the new residents, as well as College pupils getting from the bus stop into school. When the planning […]

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Police moving out of Frome

by adamboyden on 25 March, 2019

Later this year, in summer/ autumn, Avon & Somerset Police are moving 20 police patrol officers – who respond to 999 and urgent 101 calls in and around Frome – to a new district base in Shepton Mallet. Neighbourhood officers will remain based in Frome (police are currently looking for a new office), and the […]

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Old Showfield survey results

by adamboyden on 25 March, 2019

Since Frome Town Council took over the Old Showfield in 2015 there have been many changes – better footpaths, playground surfacing and repairs, an outdoor gym, grass cut shorter, an orchard and other trees, public noticeboards, seats, bins, Apple Day and Frome fireworks. A few years ago I helped the Town Council take over and […]

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Old Showfield survey

by adamboyden on 17 February, 2019

Since Frome Town Council took over the Old Showfield in 2015, there have been many changes. The Town Council is now updating the Management and Improvement Plan. As one of your ward councillors, I want to know what you think of the changes and proposals, and if anything else needs doing. Please take the survey […]

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January news

by adamboyden on 29 January, 2019

Dear All, Some news from your me as your local councillor for Frome College ward: BBC Question Time at the Merlin Theatre Yes it’s true, BBC Question Time is coming to the Merlin Theatre in Frome on Thursday 21st March, an amazing coup for our small town. To join the audience you need to fill […]

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I have just heard the good news that following the temporary closure of the Fromefield Post Office in 2017 (see my April 2017 newsletter), the Post Office is reopening the branch on 8th March 2019 as the Rodden Road Post Office within the McColls corner shop at the Vince Tree crossroads. Please see here for details […]

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Thank you to everyone who signed the petition, asked others to sign, shared it on social media and talked to their friends, family and local councillors about this petition. We have had over 580 signatures (see here). The video a friend made, with parents who have had help from Getset at the Key Centre, has been seen […]

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Have your say on Saxonvale

by adamboyden on 11 January, 2019

Plans for the regeneration of the Saxonvale site are taking shape. You are all invited to a two-day pop in event today and tomorrow to share your views on the future redevelopment of the largest former industrial site left in Frome. The event is at The Silk Mill, The Gallery, Merchants Barton Frome BA11 1PT, on Friday 11 January 2-7pm and Saturday 12 January 10am-3pm. […]

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Somerton & Frome parliamentary candidate news

by adamboyden on 11 January, 2019

Happy New Year I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year, with family and friends. For me it was a good break from work and politics, and recharge batteries, and it is now time to get stuck in again! It was a busy November and December… Opposing harmful County cuts Over 60 people attended […]

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Saving family services at the Key Centre

by adamboyden on 4 January, 2019

In November over 60 people attended a meeting of the Mendip Trades Union Council in Frome, about the damage being done to community services and jobs by the Conservatives’ cuts at Somerset County Council and continued Conservative Government funding cuts to local government. I gave a speech, as did representatives of three unions, Labour and the Green […]

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Remembering Paddy

by adamboyden on 23 December, 2018

Paddy Ashdown was such an inspiration to all those who knew him or knew of him. He had immense energy and enthusiasm for politics and for helping people, winning respect within and outside the party, and was always looking to the future and how to improve it. His legacy is immense, and will live on […]

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Stop cuts to Citizens Advice

by adamboyden on 3 December, 2018

Somerset County Council recently announced cuts to funding for Citizens Advice in Somerset (see here). For Mendip Citizens Advice this amounts to £98,000, a 21% total cut to funding. Mendip Citizens Advice gives vital and cost-effective support to over 4000 residents a year on a huge range of issues (see here). Sizeable funding cuts to […]

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We need a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal

by adamboyden on 3 December, 2018

The last three weekends I have been out in Frome town centre, with other Lib Dem and Mendip European Movement campaigners, talking to people about the need for a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal with an option to remain in the EU. Others have been out in Somerton town centre. Theresa May’s draft Withdrawal […]

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Save the Key Centre and family support services

by adamboyden on 1 December, 2018

We are extremely concerned about the future of The Key Centre, in the Mount area, which is Frome’s last remaining Children’s Centre. This hosts Getset support services, activities and support groups for local children, parents and young people and it is under threat. Austerity is not over. In the last month, Somerset County Council suddenly without […]

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Saying no to fracking

by adamboyden on 1 December, 2018

Last week I was on BBC Somerset radio’s Claire Carter show talking about why I and thousands of other councillors objected to the Government’s proposal to take decision making on fracking projects away from local councils and into Government control. I argued that the Government should not bypass local democracy, and should be putting their […]

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