Category: News

News and reports about events and community in and around Totnes in Devon

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…

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…