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Minutes of the Frome Retail Group at The Cornerhouse on Tuesday 7 November at 6pm

Peter Wheelhouse from Frome Town Council confirmed that the Market Place Redevelopment Phase I would be cleared before the end of the month. Dates for Phase II and Phase I Part 2 depend on SSE scheduling laying the power cable.
Friday 1st December is the ‘Christmas Light Switch On’. The road will be closed from the top of Bath Street to the bridge from 4.30pm. Lantern Parades will congregate in the Market Place followed by Frome Youth Band and Christmas Carols, with the lights on at 6.40pm and events to 7.30pm. The road will re-open at 9.00pm.The free programme will be out this week and circulated round the town centre.

Saturday 2nd December is Small Business Saturday – with free parking in the Cattle Market car park (thanks MDC). The Chamber has been putting up sins to advertise this, and will distribute posters to shops who have asked for them
FTC will advertise these on Discover Frome, and that (many) shops 2ill open during December on Sunday and late on Thursday evening.

Mark Brookes has already got a response from the Independent Market about putting stalls at the end of Cheap Street.
There was long discussion about the banner at the end of Cheap Street – Peter Wheelhouse will contact Cllr Al O’Kane to find out when the Venues Group meets next, and Cheap Street traders can then talk to the venues about this direct.
Events 2018.

Charlie Orr from the Town Council is planning an event like the Frome Shop Local event in 2015, with musicians and performers in various spots in the town. There was a consensus that the February half term would be a good week for that as it would give a reason for people to come into town during the week.

Charlie is also hoping to expand the Community Toilets Scheme – Charlie is looking for information about the costs for businesses to run this. He hopes to combine this with a free water and marketing scheme next year. More to follow – if you have views on this please contact Charlie.