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Mayor’s column 9th March 2021

Hello everyone

I’m not sure where to start this week as there’s so much to talk about, and so many interesting things happening!

Firstly of course we have our national census coming up and you should receive your letter in the post very soon.  It’s an event that only happens every ten years and helps to capture so much important information about who’s living where, what sort of jobs we do, the homes we live in, and the experience we have.  It’s a legal obligation, so please make sure you fill it in as it will help us to understand much more about our lifestyles in Frome, and by taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape our community, such as schools, doctors’ surgeries, and bike lanes. Find out more about the national census.

We’re beginning to hear a lot about young people’s mental health, increasingly so since we’ve been going through the pandemic, and with them not being able to attend school to see their friends.  It’s tricky to know how to approach the conversation sometimes, to find out just how they’re feeling, and support them to feel confident talking about their feelings and asking for help. As a consequence, we’ll be offering online free community training sessions called ‘Starting Conversations’.  The first one is on Wednesday 24th March at 11am or 7pm.  You can learn more about how to broach this difficult topic with this ‘Starting Conversations’ training.

Mendip District Council has come up with a proposal to achieve land access in order to establish multi-user pathways throughout the whole of Mendip for pedestrians and cyclists alike. Cllr. Richard Ackroyd went along to the meeting to present his support for what he calls a forward thinking and creative plan.  He says, “In connecting these routes together, it makes it feasible to get to work on a safe, traffic free daily commute. That’s a real and measurable lifestyle change. This idea has massive public support, huge health and well-being benefits, it will drive economic and tourist development and will increase connectivity to surrounding villages.  There’s no doubt this will be a lasting legacy for generations to come!”

As you can tell, lots of activity going on at the moment but it’s all driving us into a healthier, safer future.

Deputy Andy Wrintmore will be back again next week, so I’ll leave you in his capable hands.  In the meantime, take care everyone, stay safe, and have a lovely week!

9 March 2021
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15 March 2021
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