Frome Town Council organises public meeting to air Steiner views on 5 December

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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.

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 poultonl@from-tc.gov.uk. 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.

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  • Profile image for LoveFrome

    The Town Council have released this message;

    The Frome community gathers to discuss the Steiner School

    Over 100 people gathered in the Assembly Rooms on 5 December to share their views and increase understanding of the issues surrounding the proposed Steiner School on Park Road in Frome.

    The evening was organised by the Town Council in a way that everyone was able to express themselves. The result was a very positive meeting with the overwhelming majority of those who came finding the evening informative and useful.

    Paul Wynne, the Town Clerk said, "The evening was very popular and we shall be holding another one in early January for those who were unable to attend. All the views will be recorded and will be forward to the relevant bodies. The Town Council is also now better informed about the views of the town and shall, I am sure, take the planning related ones into account when it responds to the schools planning application at its meeting on 12 December."

    Members of the public are very welcome to attend the Council meeting on 12 December, 7pm at the Assembly Rooms.

    For more information please contact Laura Poulton at Frome Town Council on 01373 475576

    By LoveFrome at 10:38 on 07/12/12

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  • Profile image for Fred Bear

    No need to get personal Berty! Your beef is with the COUNTY Council on the road stuff or the DISTRICT Council on planning stuff (like Steiner), the TOWN Council are a mere Parish Council, albeit with a lot more ability than either other Council at this moment in time, it seems.

    By Fred Bear at 13:46 on 06/12/12

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  • Profile image for berty876

    Such a shame that frome town council are not focusing on more important issues like traffic pollution in the town centre due to miss-management by traffic planners to have opposite bus stops causing chaos and high pollution levels due to cars/lorries/buses on tick over.

    The folks that run frome are so BACKWARD,i'm surprised they do not fall over,seeing all these issues going on...

    By berty876 at 12:00 on 06/12/12

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  • Profile image for LoveFrome

    Don't forget this meeting TONIGHT

    By LoveFrome at 18:16 on 05/12/12

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