EXCLUSIVE: Poots reassures Cookstown over Desertcreat project

Alan Hogshaw, president of Cookstown Chamber of Commerce introduces the panel of MLA's -  Michelle O'Neill MLA, Patsy McGlone MLA and Ian McCrea MLA and Edwin Poots, at the Q&A meeting organised by the Chamber.  INMM4613-109ar.

Alan Hogshaw, president of Cookstown Chamber of Commerce introduces the panel of MLA's - Michelle O'Neill MLA, Patsy McGlone MLA and Ian McCrea MLA and Edwin Poots, at the Q&A meeting organised by the Chamber. INMM4613-109ar.

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HEALTH Minister Edwin Poots last night gave reassurance to the people of Cookstown that the Desertcreat Training College will go ahead.

The Minister attended a meeting in Cookstown organised by Cookstown Chamber of Commerce last night (Wednesday 6th November) along with Mid Ulster MLA’s and local business owners.

Mr Poots told those at the meeting that the project has now passed the approval stage and the next stage of awarding the contract should be completed in December, meaning work on the project should begin in March/April next year.

Mr Poots said he wanted to make clear that he was the one who held back on the project over the Summer and said he did so for ‘a particular reason’ which he explained at the meeting.

Mid-Ulster MLA’s Ian McCrea, Sandra Overend, Patsy McGlone and Minister for Agriculture Michelle O’Neill also attended the meeting.

The MLA’s were also questioned at the meeting over the rising cost of rates for businesses in the area and the issues of empty properties in the town and what MLA’s were doing to bring jobs to the local area.