Category: News

Totnes to Join National Rebellion for Climate Action

Sunday evening (4/11/18) in Totnes brought over 100 people to ‘Listen, Speak, Plan’ – an event organized by Frack Free Totnes to welcome back Rich Loizou, one of the three anti-fracking protectors recently released from prison. To a packed room at the Seven Stars Hotel, Rich, who lives near Totnes, spoke of his experience in…

Humanising the High Street

The town of Totnes is a tourism magnet and quite rightly so. It’s beautiful. But the one thing that crops up over and over again is just how un-friendly it is to those valuable visitors. We have a high street where the car is king and that is so obviously wrong that this subject will…

Vire Island in Jeopardy?

They’re coming to take it away!Vire, twin town of Totnes has warned they are making preparations to take back Vire Island following Brexit by the UK. The lovely idyllic outcrop was gifted to Totnes in 1974 to great excitement when the entire town stood on the harbour to welcome it’s arrival by tugboat. The specially…

Does Social Housing Policy at SHDC have a reverse gear?

A vote among South Hams District Councillors in November 2017 led to 10 families in social housing – leased to South Devon Rural Housing Association – being given notice to quit their properties by the first week of November 2018, in order to make the properties available for emergency homeless. The reasoning by the council…

Anti-Fracking March “Let Communities Decide”

The 3 imprisoned anti-fracking protesters …have now been released, having previously been given custodial sentences on “manifestly excessive” punishment terms, by a judge with alleged links to a firm profiting from fracking. One of the protesters, Rich Loizou, a nature connection and land-based learning facilitator at Schumacher College in Dartington and a tutor at a primary…

Are we being short-changed?

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…

Puddavine Yard: Clever by half in the wrong location

Contributing Editor Perspective Whatever finally happens to the proposed cargo container commercial/retail space at Puddavine Yard, it has so far provided an interesting glimpse into the strange machinations that attach themselves to the planning process. For the uninitiated, a planning application has been submitted to South Hams District Council to use buffed up shipping containers…

The Totnes Holistic Bus Service

As you would expect in a land of crystals, generic healing and wooden mushrooms, Totnes’ very own Bob the Bus is considerably more than two yellow mini buses chuntering around town. Totnes Pulse decided to find out more and during October, we will be highlighting this truly innovative service. We sought out the coordinator, Lyn…

Totnes Community Hospital

Last of a dying breed?You may be lucky enough never to have seen behind the long, yellow-grey frontage of Totnes Hospital on Coronation Road. You might be happy just knowing it’s there, with the Fire Station in front and a view to St Mary’s behind – a reminder that when things go wrong, there are…