Mendip in the spotlight: Council backs strategy to boost filming and events in the region
While many Mendip residents have long-appreciated the beauty of their local landscape, it seems increasing numbers of TV companies and film crews have also caught on - earmarking the area as a stunning backdrop for their lavish productions.
The BBC hit drama, Poldark, is one such recent production to showcase Mendip locations. The Sunday-night series, which pulled-in six million viewers, featured Ammerdown House and Gardens in Radstock, Gentle Street and Bath Street in Frome and the Town Hall and Bishops Palace, Wells.
Recognising the value film productions and organised community events bring to residents, tourism and the local economy, Mendip District Council has adopted a five-year strategy to identify, develop and promote future opportunities on Mendip land.
The new Event and Filming Strategy 2019-2024, will see external and internal partners working closer together. It will ensure safety at events, streamline processes for organisers, set out pricing structures and provide support to local communities to help them run and manage events effectively, and sustainably.
Cllr Nick Cottle, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services, said: "By adopting the strategy, the Council is recognising the significant contribution events make to the social fabric of communities. And that film productions not only promote the district, but have potential to boost tourism and the local economy too."
Leader of Mendip District Council, Cllr Ros Wyke, also supported the strategy. She said: "We should encourage and celebrate events, and enjoy our location. But we must also provide people with clear processes - and always have common sense and safety in mind."