WHAT'S GOING ON?
Totnes is a lovely, unspoilt medieval town, one of the very few left in the South West, if not the country. Its market has been trading for over 800 years and is the commercial and social heart of the town.
The district council is deciding whether to put the market square, the town's main car parks and its community garden into its development plan - The Joint Local Plan. Once land is in a Plan then it is available for developers to build on. The council has outlined 50 houses on our main car park, 20 on the back area of the market and commercial units on either side of it. If this goes ahead it will destroy this wonderful town.
We already have 1,400 houses going up around us - hit and run developments which are not affordable to local people but which are gobbling up farmland, making the roads impassable, closing down our local industries and putting our hospitals, schools, sewage and open spaces under unbearable pressure. This is not for local need, but for developers greed and it is destroying Totnes.
Building on our market square would be the final nail in the coffin for our town.
WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?
Seven hundred people marched up the high street last month in protest - the council didn't listen!
4,500 people have signed our petition - the council called it 'hot air'.
We've been on the BBC, in the nationals - the council have not responded, other than to cut down the time we have to do a consultation.
As a community we are looking to the law to help us, but it will cost a lot. If you love Totnes and want to help us protect it, please put a couple of pounds into our fund.
Let's pull together and help #savetotnes, thank you!