Challenges ahead for Rolle site

I welcome the resolution by Devon County Council executive that negotiations with the University of Plymouth for the acquisition of part of Rolle College site in Exmouth continue on the basis outlined in the report CS/09/3, acknowledging that the costs of community use of the remainder of the site should not be borne by the County Council'.

I welcome the resolution by Devon County Council executive 'that negotiations with the University of Plymouth for the acquisition of part of Rolle College site in Exmouth continue on the basis outlined in the report CS/09/3, acknowledging that the costs of community use of the remainder of the site should not be borne by the County Council'. It is my personal view that negotiations will not be completed before the elections in June. Students will be required to stay in education/training until they are 18, adults will need training, retraining or development training for jobs in the future, open university courses need support. In addition to these uses, we have the opportunity to ensure it is an 'open' educational establishment. It has an excellent coffee bar, library, drama and media facilities, sports hall and a general hall. I believe we need a partnership between DCC, Exmouth Community College, Exeter FE College and the Exmouth community to make this work.We have several challenges ahead if the site is finally acquired:1 - Financial investment, as the buildings have deteriorated due to being empty for a long period of time, to make them fit for purpose. We are aware that Government has run out of money and the Learning and Skills Council has made reductions.2 - We need a partnership between education providers to ensure skills are provided locally in Exmouth3 - Community use means ensuring we raise the funds required on a sustainable basis for the future. 4 - A business plan will be required.5 - My personal view is that the library at Rolle could be for reference and study, whilst the town library is kept as the lending library.I am sure others may have suggestions but we need to meet the challenges ahead. Exmouth can do this, but we will all have to work very hard to achieve it.Jill M Elson,23 Hazeldene Gardens, Exmouth


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