Exmouth Rolle part of Big Society?

ROLLE College is on the cusp of being named as one of David Cameron’s the flagship projects for his Big Society and is set for a range of new community facilities.

ROLLE College is on the cusp of being named as one of David Cameron’s the flagship projects for his Big Society and is set for a range of new community facilities.

Rolle Exmouth Ltd has been working tirelessly with Plymouth University and their preferred bidder, Bovis Homes, to add community facilities into any new housing development.

Ideas include a library, a tourism academy of excellence, vocational training f for the Community College and conference facilities.

And now the Department of Communities and Local Government have signalled they are seriously considering Rolle College as one of the first tranche of Big Society projects.


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Wayne Peet of the Big Society Programme Team said: “(The Rolle College) will be considered shortly as we plan the next phase of the Big Society.

“The Government has a radical new initiative to engage communities that will put more power into the hands of local people…to determine the shape of the places in which they live.

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“…this will enable communities to be much more active in discussing the type of development they want to see in their area.”

He added that the Localism Bill will give communities powers to save local facilities like Rolle and greater control over housing developments.

East Devon MP and Government Minister Hugo Swire said: “Rolle is a clear example of the potential of The Big Society, with the community taking an active interest in the future of Exmouth.

“The goal is to provide not only facilities that will be advantageous and beneficial for the community, but also provide facilities and opportunities for small business development.

“(Rolle Exmouth Ltd) shows how the local community can unite together for a cause that will have a direct impact on the well-being of their community

“Individual members of Exmouth have learned that by taking an active role in this subject, that is has the ability to help shape the future of its community.

“Its success could inspire other citizens to become more active in their local communities.”

Roy Pryke Chairman of the Rolle Exmouth Board of Directors said: “The Rolle project is a perfect fit for the Big Society.

“It demonstrates exactly what the Prime Minister is talking about: engagement of the community which saves a local facility and which the community will run. We are encouraged by the interest of the Big Society Programme Team.”

Jenny Budden, a Director of Rolle Exmouth Ltd, said: “The link between the Rolle Project and the Big Society is gathering momentum.

“It is a solution which works for everybody: the developer, the community and the University of Plymouth.”

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