Market Place Remodelling: Frequently Asked Questions
What is happening in the Market Place?
- A new high-quality and more level stone paved area around the Boyle Cross monument providing an enhanced market/events area including pop-up power points, new seating, a reinstatement of the Boyle Cross ornamental fountain and lighting of the monument.
When is it happening?
- Construction will continue on the 2nd January 2018 and will be completed by the end of February. This will include the addition of new seating, finishing the improvements to the footpath at the bottom of Cheap Street and outside the banksand will make the lights, the pop-up power and the fountain operational.
Why are you doing it?
- To enhance the appearance and vitality of this crucial part of the town centre, to enhance the facilities for markets/events, to improve pedestrian safety and movement, to improve air quality and to make the town centre more attractive as a place to shop, work and visit.
Who is leading the project?
- Frome Town Council (FTC) is leading the project and is responsible for project management. As landowner, Mendip District Council (MDC) is supporting the project and will work with FTC to manage the area once construction is completed.
Who is building it?
- Dave Lucey Limited, a Frome based contractor. The works contract is being project managed by FTC. Dave Lucey Limited can be contacted on 01373 462726 or email on email@example.com
How are we meeting the needs of businesses?
- Through sensitive phasing and the provision of temporary delivery bays in Market Place and King Street which will remain in position until further notice. A special feature on Cheap Street is now available on the Discover Frome website to promote shopping in this part of the town centre at Cheap Street Eclectic Shopping. The Frome Independent successfully used the Boyle Cross area at their December event and the weekly markets run by Mendip District Council will operate from the area in the lead up to the New Year.
How much will it cost?
- £282,000k (est.) including supervision and legal costs. MDC is contributing £20k with the balance being paid for by FTC.
Will there be alternative free parking?
The Town Council is in discussion with Mendip District Council about the replacement of free parking. FTC have also asked the District Council how Mendip might be supported in the provision of alternative free parking and they are investigating a number of possibilities. An announcement will be made as soon as the options have been considered.
How will the area be managed post-construction?
- A working group has been established involving FTC and MDC representatives to agree a management plan.
What is phase 2?
The works to Boyle Cross are part of a wider scheme for the Market Place being progressed by FTC in consultation with Somerset County Council as highway authority. For an update on the Market Place Improvements Phase 2 please see here.
- A 20 mph zone and other traffic calming measures to improve pedestrian safety due end of November 2018.
- Enhancing existing ‘desire lines’ where pedestrians frequently cross the road using build outs, better dropped kerbs and other features to be agreed with Somerset County Council.
- The removal of railings on the junction of Cork Street and Market Place – their replacement with bollards.
- New high-quality paving elsewhere in the Market Place.
- Widening of the bus bays to improve traffic flow and improve air quality.
- New bus shelters to enhance the experience for bus passengers.
- Disabled parking bays will be retained.
- Improved directional signage.
When will Phase 2 start?
- Phase 2 is still subject to technical discussions between FTC, Somerset County Council and Mendip District Council.
The History of the Market Place Improvements project
- This project was probably first talked about in 1995 when the Frome Town Centre Action Plan was prepared.
- In 1998, the Frome Transport Strategy which included reference to Market Place improvements involved extensive public consultation.
- Successive studies and plans including Frome Fit for the Future 2003, Vision for Frome Community Plan 2008, Mendip Town Centres Study 2010, Frome Design Statement, Frome Neighbourhood Plan and the Mendip District Local Plan identified the need for improvements in the Market Place. All involved extensive public consultation.
- In 2012, FTC commissioned Landscape Projects to undertake a feasibility study. Public consultation at that time included a series of town centre stakeholder meetings, an open public meeting and a public exhibition. Their recommendations informed the design of the current scheme.
- The planning application process involved consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and FTC made amendments to the to the scheme along the way to take account of the feedback received, including the choice of materials, positioning of seating, positioning of the loading bay and introduction of demountable bollards to ensure access by market operators.co
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Updated 5th December 2017