Category: News

A ray of light out of tragedy.

Following the heartbreaking death of Reuben Williams in a car crash this time last year, his grieving grandparents have made every effort to generate positivity from real tragedy. Reuben, 3,  was in a car on Plymouth Road, when it was hit by a drink-driver, Andrew Vass who is now in prison on a charge of…

Universal Credit and Labour’s local campaign

I am writing this as a member of Totnes Labour Party’s Disability and Benefits Working Group, which was formed in response to the proposed roll out of Universal Credit in this area from September 2018. The Working Group met with Sarah Wollaston in July to ask her to request a pause in the rollout until…

Homelessness, Begging & Drugs

Over the last 50 years, drugs, always illegal, have moved from the groovy colourful 1960’s, through the grungy 1990’s to blissed out 2000’s rave scene, through to now. An underground criminal industrial underbelly that polite society would rather ignore? There have been increasing concerns over the drug culture here and as part of a Totnes…

The Return of the Bull

Geetie Singh-Watson MBE is searching through the rooms with Rick who sells reclamation furniture in the Market at the weekend. We are upstairs and the place is a wreck. Rick scans for any items left behind in the building. Geetie claims to be Rick’s best customer and will be using reclaimed and re-purposed furniture throughout…

What can you recycle?

Recently, we have seen questions about recycling and there appears to be some confusion on what can and cannot be put in the clear plastic SHDC bags. South Hams District Council have committed to improving the systems and say theyt will be able to process more materials over the next couple of years, so we…

It’s now time for a peoples vote.

Time is running out. Events are moving so quickly in Westminster that it is hard to predict exactly what will unfold over the coming weeks. It will however be blindingly obvious to anyone watching the Prime Minister’s Statement on Thursday that her deal cannot pass the Commons. Accompanied by a string of resignations from government,…

Totnes Cinema

A cinema at the heart of the town Totnes Cinema is the town’s single most exciting arts initiative in recent times. If you doubt it, simply go along to a selection of films and events at its 27a High Street address. It’s where the library used to be. Since the demise of Dartington College of…

Yet more development plans…

SHDC car park development

Seconds out!!… Just over a year ago, after an enormous, unified effort by the town, SHDC bowed to pressure and removed the 70 houses earmarked for our central car parks. This was from the Joint Local Plan.  At the time, Paul Wesley who led the campaign against the housing, remarked sadly, that he very much…