Call for ‘proper legacy’ for Rolle College site

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 October 2015

The Owen Building at Rolle College

The Owen Building at Rolle College

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Campaigners hoping to get the maximum community benefit from the former Rolle College site have called for as many members of the public as possible to get involved in a consultation which begins tomorrow (Friday).

Plymouth University, which owns the site, is proposing using most of it for housing, except the Owen Building, for which a licence has been given to Rolle Exmouth Limited (REL) for community use. However, it is hoped that a big community response could see more of the site made available.

REL members were updated on the latest news about the site at REL’s annual meeting, which was attended by more than 100 shareholders.

After the meeting, chairman Deborah Hallett said: “As we enter this key phase on the future of the former Rolle College site, it was fantastic to have so many people at the AGM to discuss key issues.

“We’re urging as many people as possible to have their say and put forward what they would like to see happen with the site for the good of Exmouth and the surrounding area.

“Exmouth Town Council, the Exmouth Regeneration Board and a range of interested parties remain supportive of our efforts. It’s great to see people locally really wanting to get involved and help shape the future of the site.”

REL deputy chairman Roy Pryke said: “Members rightly asked us about the length of negotiations with Plymouth University, the Plymouth University legacy and the reduction in the community, business and education footprint at the expense of housing.

“I would stress that we have a positive relationship with the university. They are keen to work with the community and we will continue to do all we can to ensure a proper legacy for this wonderful asset.”

The university’s proposals for the Rolle site will be on display during the initial consultation at Ocean on The Esplanade tomorrow, between 3pm and 8pm, and on Saturday, October 3, between 10am and 2pm. They will also be available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ExmouthRolle from October 2 to October 11.

REL will be at the consultation events.

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