As I continue with my tour of the towns, this week I am going to talk about a Mendip town which is regularly featured in the national press. It was cited as being one of the best places to live outside of London by The Times a few years back, and named ‘most stylish place to live in the UK’ by glossy magazine Harpers Bazaar!
You’ve guessed it – Frome, the biggest of our five Mendip settlements with a population of over 26,000. In terms of getting to and from, and around Frome, it has some great transport links – including train links to London, and e-bike hire to help cyclists with the hills of Frome! We are really happy to be supporting the further ‘electrification’ of Frome by installing electric vehicle charging points in our Mendip-owned carparks in Frome later on this year.
There’s also some great work underway by community group ‘Frome’s Missing Links’ who are campaigning to get a multi-user path completed between Frome and surrounding villages which would enable a traffic free route between Frome and Radstock
Historically, Frome was a hub for cloth production for three hundred years starting in the 15th century. Many of the historic buildings within Frome were built during this time. In actual fact Frome has the highest number of listed buildings in Somerset.
The first shops were built in 1500 – and shopping is certainly an important pastime in Frome – the winding streets overflowing with independent shops are a big attraction to visitors and locals alike.
I really wish the small business owners the best of luck with a safe and successful reopening this week. Mendip’s markets are re-opening up for non-essential items this week – every Wednesday and Saturday, between 9am and 3pm.
I was really happy to see initial plans signed off earlier this year for the regeneration of the Saxonvale brownfield site, right in the middle of Frome. As Saxonvale has always been an industrial site, remediation works are currently underway to clear construction waste and ensure safety within the site. Mendip has invested in this site which we hope will prove to be an exemplary development, playing a big part in the post-covid regeneration of Frome.
Mendip works closely with Frome Town Council on helping to deliver the best services to the people of Frome. We were really happy to kick-off plans to transfer ownership of Boyle Cross, an historic open space and fountain, located on the town's High Street, back to the town council.
There is always a lot going on in Frome (more so in non-covid times of course). The Cheese & Grain – a not-for-profit, member-owned social enterprise and registered charity – is a great venue, especially for live music. They have a series of socially-distanced seated live music events starting up in May.
Frome Sport & Fitness also reopened the gym and pool this week which I’m sure will be very welcome for local people eager to get back in shape!
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