Rolle battlers set to regroup
PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 December 2016
Board members of Rolle Exmouth Ltd (REL) last week said goodbye to the former college campus they had fought tirelessly to preserve for future generations.
Following a six-year battle to retain the site for education, training, business incubation and community use, REL had to admit defeat when the entire Rolle campus was sold by Plymouth University to Exeter Deaf Academy (EDA).
REL’s acting chairman Roy Pryke said: “We had been working with the university and negotiating with them in good faith for a number of years. We were completely unaware they had another buyer waiting in the wings.”
He said the board hoped to meet before Christmas to discuss current status and next steps, and would call a meeting of shareholders early in the New Year.
Mr Pryke said: “It’s so important to keep our backers informed and up to speed with the state of play.
“We know that they signed up to help fund our dream of building a fresh function for the Rolle campus and it’s bitterly disappointing to have to say goodbye to that option.
“But we have already achieved a good deal of our purpose in preserving the site for educational use and saving it from housing development.
“Now we need to regroup and work out a new strategy to achieve REL’s aims.
“We’ve proved not only a need for business incubation, but have shown that it can be delivered – with a number of small new-tech firms having already set up in business. We are proud to have been the inspiration and catalyst for that.”