Mayday Saxonvale

by Damon Moore

Mayday Saxonvale

by Damon Moore
Damon Moore
Case Owner
Damon Moore is a director of the Silk Mill offering affordable studios for artists and the applied arts. Mayday Saxonvale seeks to foster a scheme in the public interest which future-proofs the site.
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Damon Moore is a director of the Silk Mill offering affordable studios for artists and the applied arts. Mayday Saxonvale seeks to foster a scheme in the public interest which future-proofs the site.
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Latest: Nov. 14, 2019

​Mayday Saxonvale - Alternative Futures event at the Silk Mill, Frome

Mayday Saxonvale - Alternative Futures a preview film about the event.

5.30-7pm. THREE speakers, TWO refreshments (wine & cacao), ONE aim...

at the Silk Mill, Frome BA11 1PT

ALL WELCOME!

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Our Aims

  • To begin our legal challenge against Mendip District Council for breach of public procurement legislation
  • To continue our campaign for full disclosure of the developer's agreement
  • To stop Saxonvale being turned into a giant housing estate
  • To replace the Nash scheme with a new plan based upon community-led, sustainable architecture, well-living and place-making principles
  • To safeguard Frome's entrepreneurial vibe and independent retail sector
  • To defend the Merchant's Barton from demolition
  • To put in place protections for the listed building cluster and the Silk Mill

Our first Mayday Saxonvale campaign in October raised fundamental questions about Acorn's Saxonvale development but the District Council are still withholding important information in the public interest.

No-one wants to stop or hold up the regeneration of Saxonvale but such an important development in the public sector MUST be shown to have a proper legal foundation. Our campaign will carry on until we have the answers

What Do We Know?

  • The Nash Partnership scheme breaches the Local Plan and the three golden threads of the Neighbourhood Plan, Vitality, Participation, Sustainability.
  • The bidding round to buy the site and the contract with Acorn was done in complete secrecy.
  • Evidence reviewed by legal experts has concluded Mendip District Council may well have acted illegally in the appointment of these developers.
  • At least 8 out of Frome's 11 District Councillors have signed non-disclosure agreements and cannot speak out in public about Acorn's agreement.
  • Other Councillors and Officers have signed the Non-Disclosure Agreement but we do not know how many.
  • The developer's contract has never been disclosed and is one of the most protected documents in the District Council.

During our first campaign, we agreed to hold meetings with both Mendip District Council AND Frome Town Council. Nothing has changed because our politicians are not at liberty to speak out. They are unwilling to rock the boat and ask questions that should be asked.

Does Frome want Saxonvale to be developed AT ALL COSTS even if laws protecting the public interest have been broken?

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR CAMPAIGN FOR FULL DISCLOSURE OF THE DEVELOPER'S AGREEMENT AND A SUSTAINABLE PLAN FOR SAXONVALE!

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Mayday Saxonvale on Facebook 

SilkMillinFrome on Instagram

Silk Mill on Twitter

Recent contributions

  • Charlotte pledged £25
    Match Charlotte's pledge of £25
    Frome deserves a better development which involves the community. The process should be transparent and the design should stand up to rigorous debate and criticism where required.
  • Beverly pledged £50
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    We need a proper town centre that provides space to work, socialise, and enjoy, which is in keeping with current architecture and skyline and is an asset to the town. The Acorn development does none of these things.
  • Jennifer pledged £35
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    The Acorn proposal is soulless and profit-driven. The site is publically owned, so there's an opportunity to address the pressing issues of our time and develop a community-driven, people-led place. If Acorn were appointed illegally then this is an opportunity to return this project to public hands.

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Damon Moore

Nov. 14, 2019

​Mayday Saxonvale - Alternative Futures event at the Silk Mill, Frome

Mayday Saxonvale - Alternative Futures a preview film about the event.

5.30-7pm. THREE speakers, TWO refreshments (wine & cacao), ONE aim...

at the Silk Mill, Frome BA11 1PT

ALL WELCOME!

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