MORE THAN 4,000 local people have now joined the campaign to stop Costa Coffee opening an outlet in the centre of Totnes as the countdown to South Hams District Council’s planning decision begins.
The NoToCosta campaign, organised by Transition Town Totnes, is cranking up it’s campaign by placing huge posters on the former Greenlife store at the lower end of Fore Street. However, despite breaking through the 4,000 signature barrier, some have claimed the campaign does not command the majority of support from those who consider Totnes their home town.
One comment on the Totnes FM website from someone identifying himself as John said:
"I hear Transition Town Totnes now has more than 4,000 signatures on its anti-costa petition. That's not even half the population of the town itself, let alone a majority of the 25,000 people that call Totnes it's hometown . . . Perhaps if the other coffee shops opened on a Monday or earlier in the morning, then we wouldn't need a Costa."
Last week Totnes Town Council agreed with the anti-Costa lobby, recommending the plans for the store were rejected by the District Council on the grounds that it would damage its long term vitality and viability of the town.
Even if anti-Costa campaigners are successful in defeating the coffee chain, a new battle looks set to begin immediately as another international business has its eyes on the premises. Earlier this month Totnes FM revealed that optician chain Specsavers is waiting in the wings should Costa Coffee fail to succeed in securing the outlet.