Forgotten farmers?

by adamboyden on 11 July, 2020

Are the Conservatives selling out the British farming and food industry? One consequence of leaving the EU and entering into the transition period in January is that Britain now needs a new domestic farming support system to replace the payments to UK farmers made under the EU Common Agriculture Policy. This is included for in […]

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Black Lives Matter

by adamboyden on 7 July, 2020

Black Lives Matter, and when black lives matter then all lives will matter. The shocking murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, USA, following so many others, sparked protests here because racism still remains a problem in the UK. Racism is defined as ‘prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone […]

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June newsletter

by adamboyden on 20 June, 2020

Dear All, Government guidance: The Government has started to ease restrictions – see here. Government advice in summary is: Stay Alert: We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must: stay at home as much as possible work from home if you can limit contact with other people keep […]

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My councillor annual report 2019/20

by adamboyden on 17 June, 2020

Here is my Annual Report for 2019-20, which summarises my work as a local councillor from May 2019 to April 2020. May 2019: I was re-elected to Mendip District Council on 2nd May 2019 with my running mate Drew Gardner, in Frome College ward. We received over 60% of the vote, and help form the […]

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May newsletter

by adamboyden on 12 May, 2020

As one of your local councillors I need to keep you informed, and I hope this is useful. First of all I want to say Thank You to every one of you who are helping keep our community safe and well during this national crisis. Lib Dem and other opposition MPs are calling for clarity […]

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April newsletter – helpline launched

by adamboyden on 22 April, 2020

As one of your local councillors I need to keep you informed, and I hope this is useful: Somerset Coronavirus Helpline – 0300 790 6275:  There is now a single phone number for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from our local councils. Anyone who cannot find help within their own community networks can […]

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Coronavirus advice

by adamboyden on 15 March, 2020

Updated 12th May. We know this is going to be a difficult time for many people. It is vital to follow medical advice and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves, our families and community and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus – please see: Current rules: The current Government rules everyone must follow […]

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Mendip says no to vehicle idling

by adamboyden on 25 February, 2020

As reported (here) it was Mendip District Council’s quarterly meeting of the Full Council last night and it was a long one! I am happy to report that the motion from councillors Barry O’Leary and Drew Gardner, to improve air quality across the district by looking at ways to reduce vehicle idling, especially close to […]

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February newsletter

by adamboyden on 22 February, 2020

Dear all, a few new updates for you – Old Showfield playground gates are in: Last year I reminded Frome Town Council of the need and our local community’s desire to see the children’s playground at the Old Showfield fully fenced, so children can play without being worried by dogs. This was one of the […]

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January 2020 news

by adamboyden on 27 January, 2020

Dear all, Please see my Thank You to voters at the General Election here. Hospital Forum: the next Frome Community Hospital Forum is on Monday 27th January at 6pm to 8pm in the Moxon Suite upstairs. Please come along and have your say about your local hospital, even if you have just 5 minutes to […]

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Thank you

by adamboyden on 23 January, 2020

I want to thank every one of the 17,017 people who voted for me in the General Election in December, including those who have previously supported other parties. I am incredibly grateful for all the support. This increased our vote share by 5.4% to 26% with one of the largest swings in the South West, […]

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Why do people want me to be their next MP?

by adamboyden on 8 November, 2019

Helen Sprawson-White, former Mayor of Frome, Independent district councillor for Frome Oakfield ward and Chair of Mendip District Council says, “I’ve been involved with local politics for around 12 years now. I started off as a Lib Dem supporting David Heath after he supported me. I went Independent 2 years ago; I felt disillusioned by […]

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My record of action …

by adamboyden on 3 November, 2019

My heart lies in working for and with the local community to improve our world and make it a better place for everyone. Not the few, not just the many, everyone. I have worked for over 8 years now as a councillor on Mendip District Council (and on Frome Town Council for 18 moths up […]

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October news

by adamboyden on 1 November, 2019

Dear All, Autumn is definitely with us, with a change in the weather and the clocks going back, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and we have a General Election too. So what better time for your latest local councillor newsletter… Routes drop in centre closure – sign the petition Last week YMCA […]

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Frome needs Routes – sign the petition

by adamboyden on 27 October, 2019

YMCA Mendip & South Somerset have just announced that Routes, the drop-in advice centre and cafe for young people in Frome town centre, will close on 1st November (see news here). This is a bad decision. Routes is an important part of our community support network in Frome and an invaluable and unique service. It […]

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Planning referrals at the Commerce Park retained

by adamboyden on 27 October, 2019

An official proposal was put to Mendip District Council’s Planning Board on 16th October in item 6 (see reports here) to remove the automatic referral of planning applications to the Planning Board in areas D, E and J of the Commerce Park. If passed, this would mean applications for development there would no longer always […]

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September news

by adamboyden on 21 September, 2019

Dear allAs your local councillors we like to keep you informed of local issues. Save our fire service You have just one day left to object to the potential cuts to our local Fire and Rescue service – the official consultation proposes one option to remove one of Frome’s two fire engines during the day. This […]

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Save our Fire Services

by adamboyden on 3 September, 2019

Everyone in Frome and surrounding villages relies on our local firefighters ‘on call’ at Frome Fire Station to respond quickly to emergencies using the two fire engines based there. The cuts proposed by Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s so-called “Safer Together” consultation in Option 5 will remove one of our two fire engines […]

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July news

by adamboyden on 19 July, 2019

Dear all, as your local councillors, Drew and I need to keep you up to date on local matters, so please see below: The Frome Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and fun run are on Sunday 21st July, so please come along and support the hundreds of runners, if you are not running yourself! Do pay […]

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June news

by adamboyden on 19 June, 2019

Dear all, as one of your local councillors I need to keep you up to date on local matters, so please see below: New roles and responsibilities:After the local elections in May, the new Cabinet (executive) of Mendip District Council met on 3rd June. Councillors were appointed to various roles and outside bodies. A list […]

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