Category: Perspectives

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…

Dartington: Past, Present, Future…

As reported in the Totnes Times (19th August 2018) the STREAM festival did a marvelous job of honouring the legacy of Dartington College of Arts. Congratulations and thanks are due to organisers Sarah Gray and Soundart Radio, all their support staff, and everyone who contributed. The programme of events sampled the kind of extraordinary work…

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…

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…

A Town Under Attack!

TOTNES – A TOWN UNDER ATTACKFIRST ATTACK – POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENT AT CO-OP SITE I have been informed that Churchill Retirement Homes is in the process of purchasing the Co-op site with a view to demolishing the building and redeveloping it with 40 or so retirement apartments extending into the car park but leaving the small…