Yes many people use Frome as a commuter town, I do, but why not? Its a great place to live and bring up kids and so people use it as such. I don't understand why people would need to go to trowbridge to shop though?Frome has everything most people would need - and mostly independant shops to boot. Butchers for meat, bakers for bread, market or veg stores for vegetables, whsmith for newspapers and magazines, book shop and music shop on cheap street, hardwear store at the top of catherine hill and you also have homebase and tipadel, a few decent pubs, a few decent restaurants, schools are pretty good. There is a cinema, theatres, gig venues for entertainment. 100's of hairdressers, shoe shops and also some clothes shops (some fairly inexpensive and some pretty pricey but the choice is there), nicnak shops and cafes galore etc etc. We also have asda, sainsbury's, a small tesco, lidl, coop. lts clear to see that frome town centre and the out of town shopping centre is packed every saturday and that shows people are using it.
Lots of 'artyfarty' (as you put it) independant shops do create jobs, they are creating their own jobs and people are responding to them. Yes, there are very few industrial jobs of old in frome anymore (i'm sure people out there might prove me wrong on that) but we have such good links with bristol and bath, trowbridge, westbury and other surrounding towns that those jobs need not be in frome for people from frome to get to them to work.
My brother in law talks like you (moans with no answers) and says there are no jobs in frome and its hard etc etc. Yes there may not be jobs in frome but there are jobs elsewhere nearby and if you really wanted them you will go and find them.
Frome is not dead on its knees at all, and I will say it again, take a look around you on saturday lunchtimes (if you can bring yourself to venue out) and at the FTC minutes and agendas on their website to see why that isn't the case and what people are doing about it.
OOjaman whatever your name is said.
"Frome is not dead on its knees at all, and I will say it again, take a look around you on saturday lunchtimes (if you can bring yourself to venue out) and at the FTC minutes and agendas on their website to see why that isn't the case and what people are doing about it."
And choke to death on the pollution that fills the air in the town centre due to tailbacks caused by innapropiate bus stops/timetables in market place being an asmatic?