Who are Totnes Community Development Society? As well as being posted here, this newsletter is sent out to members of TCDS - the organisation set up to bring forward the community led redevelopment of the old Dairy Crest site in the town, but with the broader objective of holding land and buildings in community ownership to meet local need. The work of TCDS is governed by five Directors with a mission to ensure these spaces [...]
On Sunday July 4th, residents of South Devon were treated to massive images of internationally acclaimed artist and musician, Brian Eno’s,`77 Million Paintings’ in a guerilla projection event which saw Eno’s paintings projection onto the grade II listed Brunel Building roof and chimney at the former Totnes Dairy Crest site. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHDp1PgewlI&t=4s In what has turned into a battle between David (community-led developers Totnes Community Development Society) and Goliath (Canadian corporate, Saputo Inc, who sold the [...]
Brian Eno’s extraordinary ‘77 Million Paintings’ light show lights up the derelict former Dairy Crest site, accompanied by music composed especially for the event. Hundreds of people attend. Devon Live reports the event here. This video documents the event.
South Hams District Council said it appreciated the strength of feeling around and sought internal and external legal advice before confirming that the order had now expired. This was reported in the Totnes Times here. SHDC issue a statement which states: “This latest update from SHDC means that the proposed development, which was approved by the Community Right to Build Order, cannot now go-ahead without a planning application … Totnes Community Development Society, had hoped [...]
TCDS write a detailed letter to Saputo Inc. in Canada drawing their attention to the fact that the way the site was sold to Fastglobe and the actions of the COO & UK President Tom Atherton breached their ‘Saputo Promise’ and 5 of the 6 ethical practices they expect from their staff.