Independents for Frome

The next four years

I'm For Frome

Independents for Frome (IfF) operates primarily at election times.  It is a way to enable truly independent candidates to stand – and win – local elections in Frome.   The councillors elected can then work without party political ideology to make the best decisions they can for Frome without a ‘whip’ or formal leadership.

 

In 2015 all 17 IfF candidates were elected and will serve until 2019. They now operate as Frome Town Council and you can see what their up to by visiting that website. The councillors continue to adhere to the Ways of Working which guided the selection process of candidates and which underpin the open, positive and constructive approach to local politics.

 

The model of local politics developed by IfF is now being replicated and adapted quite widely.  This is promoted through Flatpack Democracy, which sets out a DIY guide to share our initial ideas.  This has a Facebook and blog managed by Peter Macfadyen.  In addition an independent group has taken up the role of sharing case studies and development of other independent town initiatives Indie-Town.uk – where you can see and share what’s going on elsewhere.

 

We welcome contact from anyone in Frome interested in standing as a candidate in the 2019 elections and there is potential for coaching into that role earlier than 2019.   The IfF Facebook, Twitter and Website will spring back to life in late 2018.  You can contact IfF through info@iffrome.org.uk

 

D is for Debt.

As the election approaches we will be told borrowing – and debt – it is a bad thing (see a potential councillor’s letter in the Frome Standard). But is that always the case? Historically Frome Town lost most of her land and buildings to Mendip when the District was created. This means we have less control as to what happens in the Town where these are concerned. We can’t earn money from rent, or save money for organisations by using our own buildings; and significant areas of land are not maintained as services from the District are reduced. At the moment interest rates are very low and the Town Council can borrow money at a fixed rate. Borrowing money allows quite large sums to be raised for buildings like the Frome Town Hall, and paid back in small amounts over many years. Borrowing can also be used to replace an ongoing cost, a lower loan and interest repayment, as the IfF led Council did with the Cheese and Grain. Here an ever increasing annual subsidy – of around £35,000 a year – was replaced with a loan repayment of £33,000 and the loan used to refurbish the building, creating a significantly improved facilitate for Frome and a viable business – at a lower annual cost to the Town Council. This Council has borrowed money for the Cheese and Grain; land and buildings on Saxonvale which saved youth training and also gives Frome people a stake in the future of that area; and the new Town Hall. Added to significant historic repayments from the purchase of the Cheese and Grain...

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