Sinn Féin Mid-Ulster MP Francie Molloy while expressing his disappointment that the Police, Fire and Prison Training College has been delayed has welcomed the fact that Desertcreat remains the prime location for the development.
Mr Molloy said,
“I am disappointed that the programme team has decided that the preferred bidder cannot fulfil the contract of the joint emergency college at Desertcreat near Cookstown.
“However, while I welcome the fact that Desertcreat remains the prime site for the development of the training college once the current problems are resolved, I cannot emphasise strongly enough the need to put in place a new tendering process as a matter of urgency.
“I am seeking a meeting with the Strategic Investment Board and the Justice Minister to impress on them this sense of urgency and to ascertain exactly what measures they have in place to ensure the projects is progressed without undue delay.
“This college has the potential to economically reinvigorate the entire Mid Ulster region, not only through the construction but by the ancillary services which it will create in the supply and services sector.” Críoch/End