SOS call to protect open spaces from development
FROME people are being asked to identity pockets of land they want protected from development.
A new group called Save Open Spaces has been created as a result of the recent sale of a 29-acre meadow known locally as Rodden Lake Stream Meadows, which was auctioned last month and sold for £255,000.
The fields are used regularly by local people who when they discovered the imminent sale began a campaign to raise enough money to buy it. However, time ran out and attempts to give the land community status also failed.
Now the group SOS hopes to pinpoint land which is used regularly by families so steps can be taken to protect it before it before it becomes threatened.
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SOS has enlisted the help of Frome Town Council which already as an open spaces strategy and a list of land. This list is being reviewed and is to be extended to include privately owned land.
In recent months the town council has acquired the leasehold on the Frome Showfield, The Dippy on The Mount and a piece of land opposite North Hill House in North Parade.
Meanwhile, SOS has created a website and is meeting today with the town council's community projects officer Sarah Hobbs and representatives from FROGS and Friends of the River Frome to study a map of the town and identify areas that should be spotlighted.
SOS member Ruth Knagg said: "No one is saying that homes should not be built in Frome but it is important that we protect areas of green space that families can continue to enjoy."
SOS would like to hear from people who have an area of land they use and would like protected. Members are also gathering evidence of the public use of the Rodden Lake Stream Meadows.
They can do this by visiting the website save-open-spaces. blogspot.co.uk, email savefrome email@example.com or write to Frome Town Council, 5 Palmer Street, Frome BA11 1DS.