Meadowland fight goes on
CAMPAIGNERS striving to protect meadowland at Styles Hill in Frome are appealing for help to collate evidence to prove that the area is much used by the community.
Last week the 29.5 acres of land was sold at auction for £255,000 by a local haulier.
Prior to the sale, a group of people, headed by Frome woman Elaine Ewens, had attempted to stall the sale by asking Mendip District Council to deem the land as a community asset. This would give the community six months to raise funds in order to bid for it but they failed and the sale went ahead raising £55,000 over the initial guide price of £200,000.
However, the campaign continues despite the sale and an informal meeting is due to take place with the new landowner and the group to discuss the future of the fields.
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Meanwhile Ms Ewens, of Linsvale Drive, wants people to produce evidence of their use of the fields both now and in the past.
She said: "We are trying to collate evidence to prove how valued the fields are and so we are asking people to come forward with photographs, letters and statements.
"These people could be parents of children who have played in the fields both now and in the past, food foragers, dog walkers, people who use the area as a walk through to the town centre, anyone who uses and enjoys the fields."
This evidence with contact details included addressed to Ruth Knagg can be posted or handed into the Frome Town Council offices in Palmer Street or sent by email to save firstname.lastname@example.org.
See letters, page 11