Welcome to the Frome For All website
Website last updated: December 2015
The Frontier planning application for the Saxonvale site in Frome town centre has been withdrawn. The plan was for a range of new shops, new public squares, new business space, a new home for the FETE adult learning centre, a new hotel and a riverside walk. The development would have brought around 300 new jobs to Frome town centre.
There were unresolved planning issues and a need to update the plans to reflect changes in the retail and commercial market. We do not know at this stage what will happen next, but you can be assured that we will continue to monitor the situation and campaign for any future scheme that is in line with our position and priorities.
Our priority for the Saxonvale site remains to maximise retail and other commercial and community uses so that it delivers a substantial extension to the town centre. We want a town centre that better meets the needs of all local people and thereby significantly reduces the need to travel out of town for shopping or for other purposes.
Frome For All Supporters on a visit to the Saxonvale site
Frome For All is a community campaign group that wants to see a vibrant, diverse and thriving town that meets the needs of all.
We want to reduce Frome's over reliance on out of town supermarkets and the need for regular shopping trips to other towns by many residents.
We want shopping facilities, especially in the town centre, that meet the needs of the whole community so that many more people shop locally.
We want to see a good range of new shops in a town centre development at Saxonvale, including a supermarket large enough to draw many customers back from the out of town stores.
Our name reflects our campaign to ensure that Frome develops in a way that meets the needs of all local people.
> For more information on Frome For All, please click on the 'About Us' page.
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> To read some quotes from local people on our campaign please scroll down (below the form).
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Here are some quotes from the campaign:
These quotes do not necessarily represent the views of FromeFor All
"I am glad at long last someone is talking Frome up for a change, I have lived here for 50 years and have seen Frome grow into a bustling town but sadly have seen it go back ... As a taxi driver in Frome trade is poor especially since Somerfield closed ... Good luck with the campaign."
something for the ordinary people of Frome. We badly need a
supermarket in the middle of town, and with a free carpark it would
bring people not only to the supermarket, but they would go into town.
We have so few affordable shops ... and not one decent shoe shop."
"People have been waiting for something to be done to this site for years and many of us were hopeful that Asda could be persuaded to build there, but to no avail. Frome is not just a heritage trail museum for middle class residents. It also contains many 1000's of us who live in normal modern housing estates, so let's get this into perspective. If too small a supermarket is built we shall find it closing some years down the road and more disruption .."
Please include me as a supporter of any movement which wants to restore the centre of Frome as a destination for shoppers of all types, not just those who have the inclination and income to buy the handpainted, the handmade, the organic or the free range.
As an ex Londoner with 7 years in the town I am sure I am typical of many, who, along with other long term Frome residents, want a vibrant town centre. We have a great opportunity to redevelop our centre so that everybody will want to shop here and not Trowbridge, let us not waste the opportunity by ignoring economic realities.
"Another point made by several people was how much benefit a good sized
town centre supermarket would be to those without cars or with limited
mobility. Many of these people find that they need to go to the out of town
stores, but find the taxi fares difficult to afford. They would find it much
easier if their supermarket was in the town centre amongst the other shops and
services they use."
"How refreshing to hear the opposite of the strong views expressed by the anti-supermarket lobby. Well done, and I hope others will join you in expressing the need for a'decent' sized supermarket in the heart of the town (Saxonvale) along with other shops. The reasons you give for bringing the town centre to life and
drawing back shoppers who would otherwise go out of town are valid and
relevant. I wish you success and hope you will have many folk responding to
"The reality is almost certainly that if a decent sized supermarket does not come, other new shops won't either. Town centres need to include the shops people use most often - and the type of shop the majority of people use most often is a supermarket."
"Frome is not just a heritage trail museum for middle class residents. It also contains many 1000's of us who live in normal modern housing estates, so let's get this into perspective. If too small a supermarket is built we shall find it closing some years down the road and more disruption .."