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Council Priorities


  • Tourism Partnership: Town Council to take the lead in forming the partnership
  • Town Centre Management: Town Council to take the lead, perhaps through provision of a Town Centre Manager
  • Buildings Audit: Review all Town Council assets and work out which should be retained and improved and which could be disposed of
  • Town Council procurement policy to make sure we buy things that are local, sustainable and Fairtrade
  • Buying local and supporting the local food economy eg by encouraging recycling and events such as regular farmers’ markets in the Civic Hall
  • Seek opportunities to work with others, such as the Chamber of Commerce, to promote the economic wellbeing of the town
  • Atmos Project – ensure that we learn from the work being carried out
  • Town Council to use its influence to ensure industrial sites are well-managed
  • Support the expansion of 4G broadband coverage in the town
  • Be open to income generation opportunities.


  • Town Centre Improvements – use the Tourism Partnership and Town Centre Manager to improve the built environment and improve cleanliness, signage, street furniture etc
  • Traffic – Post April 2016, when the Appeal has been heard, manage the situation and support the town to deal with the decision
  • Support the planning process
  • Encourage efficient use of resources and energy via planning policies
  • Council support for recycling and re-use, working with other partners in the town
  • Protect and improve natural heritage assets of the town via planning and partnership working.

Social & Community

  • Encourage the provision of more social housing
  • Use Town Council assets to support community use and activity eg. the Civic Hall
  • Develop the Neighbourhood plan to successful conclusion
  • Encourage employment opportunities, especially higher paid jobs, through the Town Council planning function eg by supporting the creation and preservation of employment land
  • Support cultural events and festivals in town to create vibrancy and appeal to young people
  • Provide good community information via our website and Town Centre Manager
  • Continue to support Caring Town Totnes through membership of the group
  • Work with community groups on open spaces and cycle routes
  • Support the young of the town and recognise their needs

Culture & Heritage

  • Develop a cultural plan for Totnes
  • Encourage a culture of compassion
  • Via Planning, encourage work units/places for craft workers and others
  • Encourage public art – via Planning e.g. railings
  • Support the library in principle and education via linked governorships
  • Communal space – manage so that it is viable into the future to allow cultural activities in town
  • Lobby for good licensing within the town
  • Maintain buildings in Town Council ownership- have maintenance plans in place and budget provision, including possible grant funding
  • General heritage in Totnes – the Town Council is keen that all heritage assets are well maintained. We’ll bring any problems to the attention of the correct authority or owners and seek enforcement action if necessary – maintain a watching brief
Thu 18th June 2020
Last Updated
Tue 12th September 2023