Devon County Council seems to have given up on Totnes.
Was it as a result of losing the legal battle over its High Street scheme that went to the Court of Appeal in April 2016? Some say it cost Devon County Council over
£100,000 in legal fees. As a result of this does the County hold a grudge against the people of Totnes? Let’s hope this is not the case. Take the case of the collapsing wall in Maudlin Road. The wall collapsed in March 2018 and blocked the road. Roads are the responsibility of the County. The local residents got fed up waiting for the County to take action and so they took it up on themselves to clear a way through the rubble. It is now seven months since the wall collapsed and still the County has not cleared the rubble heap on the road. What are they playing at?
This lack of interest by the County gives rise to even bigger concerns. What are these?
This town is becoming impatient and longs for action
Mainly, how it is going to use the S106 planning agreement monies it has or will collect for the purposes of transport and road improvements from the building developments recently carried out in Totnes.
These are the developments and sums involved;
⇒ Great Court Farm £123,243
⇒ Ashburton Road £85,296
⇒ Riverside £86,567
⇒ Baltic Wharf £500,000
⇒ Other developments £355,106
The total is £1,150,212 and of this £240,000 has been spent on the alterations to the Redworth Junction. This leaves £910,212 to be spent on transport and road improvements in Totnes.
It’s time for the Conservative controlled Devon County Council to put the past behind it and step forward with its proposals for spending the S106 monies it has or will collect.
Totnes waits in anticipation. This town is becoming impatient and longs for action.
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