Frome Town Council organises public meeting to air Steiner views on 5 December
By Fromereporter | Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 14:21
The Frome Steiner School has raised a lot of interest in the town. Some people are delighted that a new school with a different approach to education provides choice to parents, the promise of new jobs and a new well designed use for a large prominent redundant site.
Frome Steiner School - Craft building elevation as proposed
Vehicle trips as predicted in travel plan for Frome Steiner School
Ground floor plan as proposed, Frome Steiner School
Others are concerned that traffic congestion on Park Road and surrounding roads will increase, that other schools in the town will lose pupils and income and that Victoria Park will suffer.
Therefore, Frome Town Council is inviting people from across the community to come together to discuss these opportunities and threats at the Assembly Rooms on Wednesday 5 December at 7pm.
Cllr Mel Usher said, "The establishment of a new school is an important issue in a town of this size. A development like this will affect many people. It is much more than a simple planning application and we felt that there has been limited opportunity for interested parties to come together to explore and at least understand each other's views. There will be no decision on the night, the exercise will help to inform you and the Town Councillors who will have to make a decision."
"We will be utilising the services of a skilled facilitator to enable everyone to express their views equally and experts will be on hand to answer any questions of fact.
"Everyone is welcome, there will be refreshments and no charge. However to make sure we don't exceed the fire regulations if you want to attend please contact Laura Poulton on 01373 475576 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't contact us we can't guarantee entry."
The Steiner Academy has submitted its planning application to develop the Victoria Hospital site at the top of Park Road in Frome. Mendip District Council is due to consider this application in January and Frome Town Council will decide on its response, as a consultee to the application at its Council meeting on 12 December. You can see the full set of planning documents for downloading HERE.
FTC understands that the sale of the hospital, Medical Practice and adjoining land from the NHS is either complete or proceeding.