Adam the Campaigner

Some of the campaigns Adam has lead or been directly involved in since he has lived in Frome and been a councillor not including casework for residents.

Climate emergency: I was the first councillor to raise climate change as a priority at Mendip District Council in 2016, persuading the council to sign up to fight climate change by joining the Local Government Association’s Climate Local initiative. I supported the MDC climate emergency motion in February, and my party’s strong climate policy at conference in September. When we won control of Mendip in May 20I9 drafted an action plan priority list which the council is now working to implement.

Fracking: Helping protect Mendip’s environment and Bath’s hot springs from the threat of fracking, by leading a strong cross-party motion in 2013.

Old Showfield: Working to get local control of the Old Showfield by leading a campaign for Frome Town Council to take over the site, helping overcome a legal impasse, and unlocking £40,000 of improvements, which FTC have involved residents in spending. This is now a park to be proud of, with a community orchard and other trees, playground improvements, local festivals, community fireworks, fun runs and a weekly Parkrun on the new footpaths.

Routes: Objecting to the closure of the Routes drop-in advice centre and cafe for young people in Frome town centre, which closed recently with 2 weeks notice, and lobbying relevant people to work on a replacement service to support young people in need.

Changing Places: Leading a successful cross party and community campaign to get Mendip District Council to facilitate Changing Places facilities. Severely disabled people and their carers now have accessible toilets in Frome, Wells and elsewhere. This made a real difference to people’s lives.

Fire services: Supporting local firefighters in campaigning against potential cuts to fire and rescue services in Frome, Martock and Wells, helping increase local awareness and objections, helping delay decisions on cuts.

Sexey’s School: Through a leafleting and lobbying campaign  I helped support the local community in Bruton to successfully oppose the proposed forced and rushed proposal by the Regional Schools Commissioner that Sexey’s School be taken over by a Multi Academy Trust.

GP appointments: Campaigning for improvements to the GP appointments system in Somerset’s largest GP surgery to help busy working people, through a survey of patients’ experiences and reporting back to the surgery.

Homeless shelter: Helping instigate what become the Zero Nights homeless rough sleepers winter night shelter in 2018/19, so that no homeless person had to sleep rough in Frome in freezing conditions.

Council Tax bailiffs: Helping people in financial distress by tackling Mendip’s use of Council Tax bailiffs, getting the council to improve its service agreement with bailiff companies and sign up to a good practice protocol with Mendip Citizens Advice.

Saxonvale: Successfully calling for local people to be fully consulted by Mendip before a planning application to regenerate the Saxonvale regeneration site was submitted, leading to two rounds of pre-application consultation before the submission in May.

Car parking: Opposed Mendip’s increase in car park charges last year, helping to win concessions to help the Frome Independent and Shepton Mallet monthly markets.

Evening buses: Helped the FAVBUG and cross party campaign lobby all our local councils to save the Frome to Bath weekday evening bus service,  essential for people living in Frome and the nearby villages who work in Bath. The campaign saved the service and led to a new improved service.

Access to health care: When Frome Medical Practice closed Locks Hill surgery I helped secure a bus stop outside the Hospital and Medical Centre, and funding for community car service, to improve access for patients.

Sports and Leisure: Worked to secure the future of Frome Leisure Centre and £2 million investment through my involvement on MDC’s Steering Group. I also supported Selwood Academy’s successful bid for a 3G community sports pitch.

Market: Helped steer the earliest stages of what has become the amazing monthly Frome Independent market, which sees 10,000 people visit hundreds of stalls and shops in Frome town centre 10 times a year.

Parklife: Worked to protect the Packsaddle play areas from development and transfer them to Frome Town Council, so they could be improved in line with local community wishes earlier this year.

Safer crossing: Campaigned for a new pedestrian crossing at the old Mendip Lodge Hotel site, so new and existing residents and College pupils can cross Bath Road more safely, which was installed in August.

Planning and development: Responded to and influenced major planning applications: Fromefield Co-opStonebridge shops. Successfully opposed the over development of the field at the end of Packsaddle Way. Led objections to changes to the way planning applications at the Commerce Park are handled, so that people living nearby in Frome can still have their say.

Flytipping: Organised a public meeting, and kept the pressure on MDC to tackle the massive flytipping problem at Gypsy Lane, as well as flygrazing. In ongoing discussions with MDC officers about enforcement.

Litter: Pushed for better street cleaning by MDC, supported and helped organise community litter picks.

Recycling: Successfully campaigned for 7 day opening at Frome recycling centre. Secured a Tetrapak recycling skip in Frome in 2011 as a member of Sustainable Frome before being a councillor.

Running: I have run several 10k races as part of Frome Half Marathon to raise funds for several local charities.

Peoples Vote: As a Liberal Democrat I have campaigned for a People’s Vote on any Brexit deal with an option to remain, in Frome town centre with members of the European Movement Mendip and in letters to the press, both during and after the referendum.

Keeping in touch: I have kept in touch with residents in person on the doorstep via leaflets, emailand monthly newsletters, been positive and proactive, and formed good working relationships to help get things done.

 

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