Frome’s Missing Link

Frome’s Missing Links  – the campaign to continue the traffic-free cycle / multi-user route into Frome. Route 24 of the National Cycle Network passes through Frome, linking Frome to Longleat and Warminster to the south-east and to Great Elm, Radstock and Bath to the north-west. The trouble is that there are gaps where the route is on busy roads and/or up steep hills, which put people off using them – these are the missing links. What is needed is level, safe and attractive routes to wheel, push, walk on, to encourage everyone to get out from Frome to the surrounding countryside and get some fresh air and exercise. There are actually two Missing Links – Great Elm to Frome, and Longleat to Frome. The group is concentrating most on the Great Elm to Frome one at the moment which has 3 phases. Phase 1 was opened on 31 January 2015. This is the bit from Welshmill out towardsWhatcombe Farm, for which the group won the £10,000 People’s Grant, organised by the town council and voted for by all the resident of the town; and were also awarded  a £75,000 Mendip Legacy Grant. Phase 2 is the bit from Great Elm currently being worked on by volunteers so some of us IfF candidate and councillors went to help at the Missing Link group’s latest ‘Chain Gang’ work day on 14 March 2015. This took place at Great Elm where the cycle path, which follows a disused railway line from Radstock, ends – or rather it joins the road for the rest of the route into Frome. This is Phase 2...