Totnes High Street

The Future of Totnes High Street

Lawsons has a store on Totnes High Street – the traditional, bustling, heart of this quirky Devon town, filled with unique independent businesses.

Last year the Sustainable Totnes Action Group (STAG) won a case in the High Court, which ruled that Devon County Council had been unlawful in implementing a change of traffic direction in Totnes.

That decision to reroute traffic is threatening the future of the wonderful Totnes High Street, as many businesses are struggling to cope with the dramatic drop in footfall that has occurred over the last three years.

“The traders are the lifeblood of Totnes and that means they are the lifeblood of the community. Get rid of the shops and the place is dead, or it’s a museum”
Jonathan Dimbleby, BBC presenter and local resident

STAG are due to go to the Court of Appeal in London in April to defend this case and we are really confident that if we get there, we will win again. But we need to raise £50,000 to pay the legal costs of defending this case. There is a fantastic legal team to represent STAG, but we need your help.

Please donate to the crowdfunding appeal – every single donation will help us reach the target, even if it just a few pounds, but please donate as much as you can!

When you donate you can choose from a great list of rewards offered by local shops and businesses – Lawsons are offering a 12 month discount card, which gives 10% off all purchases in-store and online.

Go to and donate by Paypal or debit or credit card. It’s safe, quick and secure.

“Totnes has been a thriving market town since Roman times. It has survived in recent times despite the recession and the rise of supermarkets… Totnes is a trading town – it’s a prosperous, wonderful town and its going to become a ghost town if we don’t do something now”
Film director Peter Richardson.

Totnes High StreetPlease share this article with everyone you know who loves the unique Totnes High Street, which has fought hard to remain special, independent and different from so many UK town centres.
Thank you.


Kitchen electricals and school uniform are exempt from the Lawsons discount

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