Eagles mixed up
THE boss of Exmouth property developers, Eagle Investments, says he is fed up with his firm being confused with the company who have purchased Rolle College s playing fields.
THE boss of Exmouth property developers, Eagle Investments, says he is 'fed up' with his firm being confused with the company who have purchased Rolle College's playing fields.
John Fowler, managing director of Eagle Investments in The Strand, says he has been 'bombarded' with calls, enquiries and complaints from members of the public who have confused his firm with the Exeter-based Eagle One, developers of the Marina.
Last month, the Journal exclusively reported that Eagle One had purchased the three-acre playing fields from Plymouth University.
The playing fields are the only ones left in Exmouth and, at one time, it had even been suggested the Beacon School could move there.
But Avenues residents' were up in arms when, unknown to local councillors, a letter from the University told them that 'in future' enquiries about the site should be directed to the new owners.
Mr Fowler has said the public have approached him 'demanding' to know why they have bought the playing fields and what their intentions are.
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He said: "Frankly, I'm fed up with it. Eagle Investments have often been confused with Eagle One, but we are not the same company. There is no connection and there never has been."
He said the confusion has arisen since regional developers Rockeagle sold off the development arm of the business in 2002.
The name Roc was taken by an Exeter building company, leaving 'Eagle' to be taken as the trading name of Eagle One.
He added: "Although I would count Chris Fayers (director of Eagle One) as one of my friends, we have no business relationship at all.
"Eagle Investments has been trading in Exmouth for over 50 years and Eagle One is relatively new on the block.
"The first I had heard of the sale was when it was reported in the Exmouth Journal.