A statement regarding a pause on land adjoining Easthill Cemetery, Frome

A statement regarding a pause on land adjoining Easthill Cemetery, Frome

On 2nd November 2020, Cabinet approved the sale of land to the east of Easthill Cemetery, to provide housing for social rent to help address the lack of availability of local affordable accommodation in Mendip, including in Frome.

Following a Scrutiny board call-in of the decision, Cabinet on 26th November 2020 reconsidered the issue and addressed Scrutiny Board's concerns.

Cabinet listened and determined that there should be a pause of the proposed sale of land to provide housing for social rent in relation to the Easthill site.

This pause is in response to concerns from the local community at Easthill and Scrutiny Board regarding information available to Cabinet when they made their original decision.

This pause, which is likely to be months rather than weeks, will enable the Council to identify and gather additional information, allow time for the commissioning of any reports, and the collation and publication of said reports.

The decision on the Easthill site will once again - as on all previous occasions - return to a public forum via a meeting of Cabinet in due course, where the views of councillors and residents will be heard.

This is democracy in action, and a balancing act. We move forward with mutual respect and understanding to tackle these difficult issues together.

Cllr Ros Wyke

Leader of Mendip District Council