As of the 1st of January 2017 Totnes Community Development Society (TCDS) has become the sole trustee of The Mansion Charitable Trust in Totnes. Devon County Council (DCC) has concurrently retired as Trustee.
To this point, TCDS have been undertaking due diligence with DCC to determine the most appropriate way to maintain The Mansion for community use into the future. During this time DCC has been responsible for the building. Working closely with existing and future tenants and users of the building, TCDS will now be taking on the management of The Mansion.
TCDS is an Industrial Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community. Part of its aims are to work with others to support sustainable and viable community use of local buildings. Whilst the trusteeship has transferred from DCC, The Mansion remains a Charitable Trust in its own right, for provision of facilities for the promotion of further education for the inhabitants of Totnes.
The priority in the initial months following the transfer of the trusteeship, is the practical transition of the building to the management of TCDS. Therefore, in the first instance we will be undertaking a working with existing tenants to ensure the transfer is as smooth as possible alongside a review of working practices. Following this, TCDS will seek to work more widely with the organisations and people of Totnes, to realise the opportunities of this building, for the whole community.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please email TCDS on firstname.lastname@example.org