January start date for College.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

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WORK on a 45 million fire training college on the outskirts of Cookstown is set to begin in January.

Michelle O'Neill, Mid-Ulster MLA, has stated she has received conformation of a start date for the development at Desertcreat from the Department of Health.

The site, along the road from Dungannon to Cookstown, had been designated for the NI Community Safety College, to provide training for both new Police recruits and other emergency services.

After facing a number of delays since the 2004 unveiling of the project, costs reached 150 million, and there were reports that Police chiefs had security concerns over the location.

It has been reported that around 12 million of taxpayers money has been spent on the scheme.

The NI Fire and Rescue Service revived hopes for the site and earlier this year Mid-Ulster District Council approved the planning application.

Mrs O'Neill said; "When I was Health Minister, I was keen to ensure that this project became progressed and became a reality.

"This development will be good for Mid-Ulster, for local business and potential jobs. It brings a major public services and business in the Cookstown area and across Mid-Ulster.

"This is the second significant public sector development in Mid-Ulster in the past two years having already seen Rivers Agency relocated to the nearby Loughry Campus."

While the Fire Training College is welcomed, it means no Policing College for the town as was the original plan.


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