Mid Ulster Sinn Fein MLAs and MP have welcomed the announcement today that the Desertcreat Community Safety College is proceeding and declared that the development can be an “economic driver” for the entire area. Mid-Ulster MP Francie Molloy described the news as “an extremely important step forward in the economic and social development of Mid-Ulster”.
Mr Molloy MP said:
“Sinn Féin has been proactively working to redress decades of inequality and under-investment in Mid-Ulster. Today’s announcement about Desertcreat is a great confidence boost for our civic and economic community.
“I have been working closely with local MLA’s and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, and he has been heavily influential in unblocking some of the problems faced by Desertcreat in recent months.
“Work on the construction phase and on future service provision at the College must now be focused on ensuring that we create maximum economic and employment opportunities for hard-pressed local companies and communities – particularly the unemployed. There is a wealth of local skill and talent in our local trade and construction sector who have suffered significantly over the past several years of economic downturn. Let’s harness that skill without delay.
“We are pleased that those building the Community Safety College – from the police, prison, fire and emergency rescue services – have stayed the course with locating the college at Desertcreat.
“We are confident that this major capital new-build can deliver additional long-term benefits through collaborative working with the Department of Agriculture’s nearby Loughry campus, with other government departments, and with local government, businesses, communities and education.
“We have today written to the Desertcreat Project Board, the Minister of Justice and the Policing Board to arrange a meeting in order to discuss the way ahead.”