Policing college news welcomed

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THE official submission of the planning application for the £140m police training college at Desertcreat has been widely welcomed across the Mid Ulster area.

The Mail revealed last week that the Planning Service had received the application for the 25-acre site which, it is hoped, will host training facilities for police, fire and prison officers.

Now Justice Minister David Ford has added his enthusiasm for the project, which he hopes will be officially passed as soons as possible so building work can begin, providing up to 2,000 jobs for construction workers.

“This new college at Desertcreat is a significant investment by my Department and the Executive in the public services we all rely on to keep us safe,” said the Justice Minister.

“I know there is huge public support for this project and I am committed to see it progress as quickly as possible.

The submission of the full planning application is an important milestone in its development and brings closer the day when work can start at Desertcreat.

“Once operational, this will be a world class facility, recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for training.”

Local representatives including Cookstown council chairman Tony Quinn, UUP councillor Trevor Wilson and MLA Sandra Overend, said the college will bring a tremendous boost to the area.

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