Atmos Totnes is delighted to announce that it is in the final stage of negotiations with Dairy Crest to play a lead role in the redevelopment of the former dairy site. Dairy Crest will shortly start to clean up the site and complete the work before the autumn. The site in Totnes was closed in 2007. Since then it has fallen into a state of disrepair while efforts have been ongoing to find a future use for the site.
Atmos Totnes began at the same time that the site was closed, and has co-ordinated a very well-supported community campaign to see the site developed as a demonstration of Transition in action and as a community-led development. Its patrons include Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tim Smit, Kevin McCloud and Jonathan Dimbleby, and support has also come from former Secretary of State for Agriculture, Lord Deben (John Selwyn Gummer).
A statement from Atmos Totnes and Dairy Crest on the future of the site is expected soon.
Ed Vidler from Atmos Totnes said:
“We are very confident about taking forward the Atmos project and hope to conclude the negotiations with Dairy Crest about the disposal of the site by the end of the summer. The next step would then be to start engaging local people about the future of the site. We are pleased to see activity on the site and that Dairy Crest is meeting its responsibilities.”
Duncan Good, representing Dairy Crest, said:
“We are cleaning up the site because we are in the final stages of negotiation with Totnes Community Development Society (TCDS) about the disposal of the site and how we can take forward the Atmos Totnes project. At this stage we feel that the ATMOS project represents the best way forward for the site and will help us to achieve a real legacy for the town of Totnes.”
Press release issued 2nd August 2013.