Link Rolle and Garth Gibson

PUBLISHED: 14:56 20 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:21 10 June 2010

Two local issues which concern the people of Exmouth could well be brought together: the campaign to save the Rolle College site for the town and the way to honour Garth Gibson.

Two local issues which concern the people of Exmouth could well be brought together: the campaign to save the Rolle College site for the town and the way to honour Garth Gibson.

As a retired schoolteacher and a local performer, Garth made many friends. He had a passion for entertaining people and a concern for the young. What better memorial could there be than the designation of the Rolle College Lecture Hall as the Garth Gibson Theatre?

It is clear a town of this size needs enough educational provision for all its young people and a thriving adult education centre. The Rolle site was purpose built for all this only a few years ago.

It would be a criminal waste of precious resources to knock it down again and build something else there. The site is ideal for three purposes: during the daytime for 16-18 education and training; during the evenings for adult education and entertainment, and during holiday periods for conferences and courses.

Furthermore, it could house our visitor centre and be a substantial revenue earner for the town by promoting an annual summer programme, which tells the story of climate change and biodiversity through a series of talks, walks, coastal cruises and project work, possibly assisted by the Met Office, the RSPB and the National Trust.

Exmouth is the gateway to the Triassic coast, the oldest part of the National Heritage site. It is also host to a Ramsar estuary site. I urge people to support the initiative of the town council to try to retain the site for Exmouth people, and suggest they also crown the theatre in Garth's name and demonstrate they value our environmental heritage, by fighting to preserve the seafront and the estuary from any new developments, which spoil its character.

Noel Harrower,

6 Lyndhurst Road, Exmouth.

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