Let's take on old showfield
NEXT Monday, Mendip District Council's Cabinet meets to decide on Frome Town Council's request for the transfer of Mendip's lease on the old Showfield.
As one of the ward councillors, I think this is a good idea. The town council should be able to manage the Showfield well as public open space and better involve local people in enhancing the area, as they have done at Welshmill.
If the lease is transferred more than £40,000 of Section 106 funds can then be transferred to Frome to implement.
The town council's preferred scheme, prepared after the public consultation with Vision For Frome in October 2012, proposes to use the funds to improve footpaths, provide a small kickabout pitch for public use (subject to planning permission), an outdoor gym, and more seats and trees.
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Should the town council take over the lease, they would then be responsible for maintenance, including to provide areas of shorter grass, which was identified as a top priority in the 2012 public consultation.
Mendip should be able to provide funds for more play equipment as the playground has been identified as a priority in district Play Strategy.
However, I am still arguing for a new fence to be provided around the playground, to keep dogs away from children while playing, as this was also identified as a priority by residents.
I have also asked both councils to organise a public announcement on the final preferred scheme, with a chance for comment and "have your say" on the specific proposals. I understand this should happen once the above issues are resolved.
Things are finally moving forward on this, although slowly. The lease transfer and improvement plan would also need to be agreed further by the Frome and District Agricultural Society.
People can let me know what they think via email@example.com and see www.adamboyden. mycouncillor.org.uk for more details.
Mendip District Councillor, Lib Dem, Frome College