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Community based enterprise hopes to buy former campus

The Rolle Centre owner, Plymouth University, wants to sell the site, on Douglas Avenue, and has applied for outline planning permission to build up to 120 homes. Credit: Astley Media

A community based company is bidding to buy the former Rolle College In Exmouth to create a new work and learning hub in the town.

The campus, which used to serve 3,000 students and 400 staff was closed by Plymouth University.

Rolle College Exmouth is the community based enterprise which is seeking to raise £5m to take take control of the site.

Using the Twitter hash tag #wasteofspace (referring to the empty buildings) its offering community shares and hoping to draw down from a government fund set up from banking fines to achieve its goal of creating a new hub, which will include new work spaces for start up businesses, seminars, performance rooms and a cafe.

Chairwoman Deborah Hallett explains how the money could be raised:

For more information see www.rollecentre.org

Campaign to save Rolle Centre in Exmouth

A national fundraising campaign to save the former Rolle Centre has begun Credit: Astley Media

A fundraising campaign to save the former Rolle Centre in Exmouth has begun.

The centre provides facilities for small and growing businesses and aims to increase vocational educational.

The Rolle Centre owner, Plymouth University, wants to sell the site, on Douglas Avenue, and has applied for outline planning permission to build up to 120 homes.

The campaign to save the centre will feature the premiere of 'Waste of Space', a short film staring three Devon-based actors and shot at the Owen Building.

Rolle Exmouth Limited (REL), the community benefit society behind the campaign hopes that people will be inspired to get behind community efforts to secure the former teacher training and Plymouth University education campus for the good of Exmouth and East Devon.

The university has already pledged the Owen Building for community use.

Time is running out. If people want to save the site for Exmouth and East Devon, we need to rally support, show Plymouth University that people across East Devon and beyond are determined that this wonderful resource is used to provide much-needed educational, community and business opportunities.

We hope that people will be inspired by the Waste of Space campaign and get involved, be that by pledging support, buying community shares, becoming a volunteer, or telling us how they think the site should be developed.

– Deborah Hallett, Chairman of REL
The centre provides facilities for small and growing businesses and aims to increase vocational educational. Credit: Astley Media
The Rolle Centre owner Plymouth University wants to sell the site Credit: Astley Media

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Exmouth police seize weapons after stand-off

Weapons & cannabis plants seized by police in Exmouth Credit: Sgt Harry Tangye

Firearms officers in Exmouth have arrested a man and confiscated a number of weapons and cannabis plants after a two and a half hour stand-off.

Armed officers were called to Exeter Road at 7:55pm yesterday to reports of man showing threatening behaviour carrying a knife. Police arrested a man on suspicion of affray.

Teenager's body found in water by Exmouth Marina

A passer by spotted the body in the water off the Marina. Credit: ITV News

A teenager's body has been recovered from the water by Exmouth Marina.

A passer by spotted the body on Saturday 17th October. Police, ambulance and coastguard attended the scene at 1.15pm.

The body is believed to be that of a 19 year-old man from Exmouth. Next of kin have been informed.His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Work starts on Exmouth's infamous sink hole

It is thought the sink hole has been caused by a blocked water pipe underneath Credit: ITV News

Work starts today on Exmouth beach to try to fix a giant sink hole. Engineers believe a blocked water pipe underneath the beach is responsible. The two metre hole has opened a number of times over the last two months - especially after heavy rain.

“We are working with the tides, so digging will start as early as possible in the morning. We’re very confident we can resolve this problem and open up that area of the beach again for everyone to enjoy.”

– Nick Christo, East Devon District Council

More clues on origin of mysterious Exmouth sinkhole

This large sinkhole on Exmouth Beach has opened up three times over the last six weeks. Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

More light has been shed on the mysterious sink hole on Exmouth Beach, which has opened up three times over the last six weeks.

Council engineers discovered a blocked water pipe deep under the sand - and now South West Water thinks it knows where it comes from.

"We believe the pipe in question is a surface water drain from the Foxhole Hill area of Exmouth.

We will be working with East Devon District Council to investigate further when the present wet weather has passed through and surface water levels have returned to normal."

– South West Water

The hole - measuring around two metres - seems to open up after heavy rain and the council’s streetscene team has cordoned off the area each time.

On the two previous occasions, the sinkholes have remained for a few days before sand and other beach materials washed up through the natural actions of the tides have refilled them.

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