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Totnes Market Brutes Roots and Fruits

This is my final post from the recent photo walk. Part one was the second hand and bric-a-brac stalls in the market, and part two was the street shots and some history.

You might be thinking why brutes? I get the roots and fruits but brutes? I chose brutes because it seemed to be an appropriate word for the state of the Civic Hall in the market place. Brutus is alleged to have founded Totnes, the building is almost brutalist in style and quite frankly whoever is responsible for it's maintenance has a brutish attitude to it.

Why has the Civic Hall in the town been allowed to get into such a dilapidated state of repair, even to the point where there are now ferns forming a garden right there on the stairs in amongst the hustle and bustle of the market and nobody seems to care. There is the town coat of arms proudly displayed on a rusting, peeling, decaying wreck. It beggars belief that the roof has been covered in solar panels while the concrete structure underneath rots.

SOME £200,000 has been set aside in Totnes Town Council’s budget to repair the historic annexe to the Civic Hall so that it can be put to more use as council offices.

Plans have been submitted to relocate staff to the Grade II Listed buildings off the High Street.The idea was first officially mooted in 2018. Totnes Today

Have they noticed that it is nearly 2023? It's taken 5 years to moot it and set aside the cash. While they are mooting, the stairs could do with weeding, and a lick of paint about three years ago wouldn't have gone amiss either.

Meanwhile down below, normal life continues.

Pasties of course.

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Unknown member
Oct 15, 2022

Those meat pasties look delicious 😁. Btw those eggs are cheap in comparison to what they sell for here.

Gethin Thomas
Gethin Thomas
Oct 15, 2022
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Don't tell them they'll put their prices up.😊

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