The management team of Costa Coffee came to Totnes today to see for themselves the vibrancy of our independent town. They toured the High Street before sitting down to a meeting with Mayor Pruw Boswell, Transition Town Totnes, local family run businesses and a NotoCosta campaigner as well as myself. Costa heard from us firsthand the impact that their arrival would have on the independent retailers in our town. We made it clear this is about the future of our High Street and the importance of keeping money within the local community, not about protectionism.
We now wait to hear from Costa whether they will respect the wishes of the 5700 petitioners who have sent a clear message that they feel the cloning of Totnes High Street would have a detrimental effect not only on the economy but on the character and ethos of the town.