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Frome heroes pave the way for free hospital road resurfacing 

THE Frome Community Hospital access road, which was riddled with potholes, has undergone a much-needed makeover – thanks to the generosity of local businesses.

The work was estimated to cost around £40,000, but the road has now been totally resurfaced for free thanks to town companies who donated their services, materials and time. 

Visitors to the hospital previously had to navigate deep potholes at the entrance of the site. 

Nick White, from the Friends of Frome Hospital, said they were initially approached by the hospital to see if they could help fund the patch repairs of the potholes, which would have been a temporary fix.

But the Friends then sought the help of businesses to see if they could complete a more permanent repair. 

“We were approached to see if we could perhaps help fund the repair of the potholes on the hospital access road,” he said. 

 

“Quotes had been secured to the amount of approximately £8,000 just to patch the potholes, which would be a temporary fix.  

“I suggested at a meeting that as Frome was surrounded by road stone quarries and Frome being a centre of excellence for road surfacing, could we not reach out to local companies to see if they could help with an ambitious total resurfacing? 

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“I approached Ian Regler of IMS Ltd, a local surfacing company, to see if they could help.  

“He, with the help of his co-directors, said they would provide their services free of charge but that we may have to pay for some of the materials, but added they would reach out to see if they could get some of their suppliers to help as well.  

The state of the road before it was resurfaced Picture: Friends of Frome Hospital

“Fortunately, everyone got on board to support this project. So, we now have a brand-new black top to our horseshoe access road.  

“This is a tremendous effort by all concerned and has saved the NHS Trust at least £40,000. 

“We would like to show our appreciation to the companies that donated to the cause and to thank all who gave up their weekend for this project. 

Friends of Frome Hospital is a charity whose remit is to provide health and wellbeing services and support for the benefit of the community.

This usually extends beyond what the NHS provide or can provide – for instance, the Friends have financed all the automated external defibrillators in the town and local villages, and together with Frome Rotary provide ongoing maintenance. 

Nick said: “We would like to thank IMS Ltd (directors Ian Regler, Sharon Payne and Steve Caffyn) who helped with the planning and overseeing project as well as supplying plant and labour free of charge. 

“Mendip quarry producers Tarmac, Wainwrights, Heidelberg, Aggregate Industries, Morris and Perry all worked in collaboration to provide the asphalt materials. 

“Jet Plant Hire supplied the milling machine, sweeper and lorries to take the old material away. 

“CH Contracting South West Ltd supplied traffic and pedestrian management including cones, signs, barriers and a gate man. 

“Amos Markings Ltd supplied lining to the new tarmac and thank you also to Hellard Haulage for providing their services.” 

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