Community leader endorsements
|David Heath, CBE
Deputy Leader of the House of Commons & MP for Somerton and Frome
|I’m a big fan of cycling and ride my bike from my London base to Westminster as often as possible. I’m very happy to support Frome’s Missing Links project; joining up existing cycle paths can only be good for cyclists, and will hopefully encourage more people to get out their bikes and enjoy the benefit of fresh air and healthy exercise.|
|Cllr Peter Macfadyen
|The Town Council’s new strategy places green aspirations and activity right at its core – completing the missing link does precisely this. While I am all for Frome’s independent nature, the time has come for us to join the outside world, and in so doing to bring cyclists and walkers into a very special place.|
|Dr Mark Vose MB BS, DRCOG, FRCGP, MSc
Partner at Frome Medical Practice and supporter of Frome’s Missing Links.
|The Frome Medical Practice actively supports Frome’s Missing Links. With twenty eight thousand registered patients the practice works alongside Beckington Family Practice to look after the health of the town and has a strong healthy living agenda promoting healthy eating, weight reduction, smoking cessation and exercise. The practice hopes that with this cycle path providing a traffic free corridor into the centre of the town more people will be encouraged to exercise and those with disabilities will find it easier to enjoy outdoor activities.|
President of Frome & District Chamber of Commerce
|The Chamber of Commerce endorses the Missing Link project. It will help connect Frome with the surrounding villages and countryside. Frome is a great place to start a cycle ride, or finish one with a refreshing drink and an ice cream.
As a father some of my most enjoyable times have been out cycling with my children, from when they were chatting away in bike seats, through making a small contribution on an extension bike until the times when my son was awaiting for me at the tops of hills. The Sustrans Cycle Routes have offered my children the opportunity to become confident cyclists before taking to the roads, and learn road sense and courtesy in a safe environment, which is why they cycle now. It always seems a shame that accessing those routes from Frome isn’t easier, so more families can cycle from home.
Mayor of Frome (2011-12)
|Having previously completed the Frome to Radstock section of the Colliers Way route I totally support the quest to complete the missing cycle way link from Great Elm into Frome. The current section through Vallis is a killer; hence my reluctance to do it again until the proposed missing link is put in place. This is such a worthy campaign and would result in benefits for residents and visitors alike.|
|Mrs Angela Yeoman, OBE, DL
Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset and former Chairman of Foster Yeoman Limited
|I have always been a fan of Sustrans and The Trails Trust, I believe that any work that is done getting cyclists and horse riders off of the roads is absoultely essential. I am very keen to support any project of this sort.|
Former Vice Principal, Frome College
|Having worked in schools for over 30 years, I have become interested in how to involve more young people in exercise they enjoy. Many do not enjoy traditional team sports and don’t do regular physical exercise. I strongly support Frome’s Missing Links Project as it offers real opportunities for young people to cycle with friends, to get out into the country safely and have fun. It also offers wonderful opportunities for families and people of all generations to take advantage of the beautiful countryside that surrounds Frome.|
Chief Executive Officer, Sustrans
|Sustrans started developing the National Cycle Network in 1995. By 2005 10,000 miles had been completed, and now the total is over 13,500 miles. Its success is demonstrated by the fact that over one million trips are made on the NCN every day, a figure which has increased every year since we started counting. The NCN is a vital part of people’s everyday lives throughout the country, and we know there is a need in many places to fill in gaps and enhance routes. We are therefore delighted to be working with Frome’s Missing Links to get more people travelling actively more often.|