Possible EU funding boost for Rolle Centre project

PUBLISHED: 10:41 22 November 2012

The Owen Building at Rolle College

The Owen Building at Rolle College

Archant

The Rolle Centre project could receive a massive cash boost from the European Union.

The transformation of the former Rolle College into a community hub has hit a crucial stage – the cost of recommissioning the buildings is now an estimated £2.5million.

Rolle Exmouth Limited (REL), a not-for-profit company set up by residents, has been working to turn the former campus into a hub for education, training, community and cultural activities and business units.

Now Devon County Council bosses has stepped into lend REL their expertise to help draw up a funding bid to the European Regional Development Fund (EDRF).

The EDRF is used to ‘even up’ regional disparities in regional development across Europe by investing in business innovation and support and regeneration.

REL chairman Roy Pryke said: “This bid has to be submitted in outline by next Friday (November 30) and we will know by the end of February whether we are proceeding to the next stage.

“Our aim is by the end of February to have produced the investment case…including the outcome of our submission of expressions of interest and applications to funding bodies, which are currently active and in our pipeline.”

He pledged to hold a meeting for investors following the last share issue last spring as soon as they reached the point they would make decisions which would impact directly on shareholders.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 18:00

Don’t miss this week’s gallery of readers’ photos.

Join in at iwitness24.co.uk and send us your East Devon pictures.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Curator Neville Evans explained that many botanical gardens were closing and giving away their collections due to funding issues – despite their conservational value. He added that Bicton’s 300 year-old landscape was ‘pretty special’, with ‘plants here that you will never see anywhere else’.

Read more
Fri, 12:30

Guest of honour Conrad Humphreys said: “I very much enjoyed the Exeter College awards evening and celebrating the success of the students.

“As a former student and rugby player at the college - I have very fond memories of my time there before heading off to sail around the world in the 1993/4 Whitbread.”

Read more
Fri, 12:11

Our Devon quiz is back for another round!

Read more
Fri, 06:55

Exmouth Town Council will be temporarily closed from January 29-30 while office equipment and phones are moved to its new home.

Read more
Thu, 17:00

Artist Anna Fitzgerald, of Seadog Gallery, in Gussiford Lane, Exmouth, is calling for a bra army of support; she needs 4,000 over-shoulder-boulder-holder donations for the display, which will celebrate the suffragette movement and women winning the right to vote.

Read more
Thu, 12:00

“We are going to find it very hard to balance our books without changing things significantly. We need teachers, but all the other things schools do – all the things that are not our statutory responsibility – we are looking at cutting. We are talking about the life chances of children being damaged,” said Exmouth’s Exeter Road head teacher Paul Gosling.

Read more
Thu, 11:04

There’s good news for Exmouth’s Famous Old Barrel pub, which has been closed since last October.

Read more
Thu, 08:45

Devon and Cornwall residents are being polled on whether they would pay another £12 a year to ‘protect frontline policing’.

Read more
Wed, 16:28

The council has teamed up with South West Ambulance and will invest £5,000 in the life saving equipment.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications