Don’t demolish Rolle College

PUBLISHED: 14:55 20 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:21 10 June 2010

I wish to refer to a letter in the Journal of November 5 - Throw-away society - concerning Devon County Council s decision that Rolle College has no further use and the site will be made available for housing development.

I wish to refer to a letter in the Journal of November 5 - "Throw-away society" - concerning Devon County Council's decision that Rolle College has no further use and the site will be made available for housing development.

On November 12, I attended an Exmouth Visitor Trust presentation at the Telfer Centre given by Dr Lynsey McColl of the Meteorological Office.

One of the diagrams shown clearly indicated a very significant amount of the global emissions of carbon monoxide/dioxide result from the manufacture of cement (5% is given on the web). The cement mixed with gravel aggregate and water to form concrete is one of most widely used construction materials used in the world.

It must follow, therefore, that a policy should always be that modern, sound buildings should be retained with other uses found for them, not demolished.

Intervention on Rolle College is a viable initiative on this basis alone. We are suppose to be reducing our carbon emissions. How does this casual distain for the use of existing buildings help this? These ancillary matter should be checked out before rash decisions are made.

Dudley Budden,

24 Heatherdale, Exmouth.

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