There are so many myths floating around Frome about the Saxonvale site.
– Saxonvale has been an active employment site until recent times. The last factory to close in Saxonvale was in 2016.
– It could not be developed because of multiple owners including Mendip District Council.
– This was resolved when the two main parcels of land were purchased secretly by Mendip in 2018 without any valuation being performed
– Mendip’s consultation has been dependent on negative messaging about Saxonvale.
– Saxonvale offers Frome a great opportunity rather than a problem.
– By not listening to the town and breaching their own local planning policies, the District Council has held back the redevelopment.
– Saxonvale is a mixed-use site that needs to balance housing and employment.
– There are 100s of residential houses being built out in Frome and hundreds more in the pipeline.
– Building more & more houses without any civic infrastructure or business premises for people to work is not sustainable.
Somerset Highways have not recommended Acorn’s scheme
– The effect of the rising roll from Acorn’s high density housing on St John’s and with their premises in urgent need of repair means the school cannot continue on its present site.
– The health & safety of children on the ‘school run’ from a lowering of air quality and the risk from traffic using the Garsdale Junction are factors of concern that Acorn has never addressed.
– District Councillors have recently gone on record confirming Mayday’s claims regarding the Acorn plan and legality of their appointment.
– The way Acorn’s plan was imposed upon Frome is undemocratic.
– Despite pressure from Councillors, there is still no financial transparency – we don’t know what confidential terms have been agreed.
– Without a thriving local economy which Acorn’s plan threatens, Mendip will be worse off not better off.
– The Acorn plan has cost the District Council far more than they will ever get back.
– Mendip cannot be trusted with local rate-payers money.