February 11, 2012
An update from the Mendip District Council meeting on Monday, January 31, regarding the Frome market future.
I (Jane Wood) was the only person who spoke at the Mendip District Council meeting on Monday, January 31, as a Frome market customer.
It would be good to see new life breathed into the market, but I am concerned that the good things we have aren’t lost. So I was pleased to see the market stallholders were well represented, but I am concerned that things might be pushed through too fast, without enough consultation, and mostly by people who never shop in the market.
The large stalls cannot be moved and still function satisfactorily for the stallholders and the customers. Large parts of the pavements in the town centre are owned privately as is the Westway Centre, so will rental have to be paid? The pavement camber in the centre is also difficult for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs to use with ease.
We are told that buses will be allowed through to sit at the bus stops, engines running, spewing out exhaust fumes over stallholders and the food on the stalls, which I am told many new stalls will be selling.
The largest portion of the Frome population live on the wrong side of the proposed road closure so cannot gain direct access to the Market Yard car park – with its increased parking charges. What alternate route does the council suggest we use; through the narrow streets of the Trinity area and Welshmill?
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