Justice minister intervenes over stalled Desertcreat college

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JUSTICE Minister David Ford has intervened over the ongoing impasse, which has stalled the police and fire training college at Desertcreat outside Cookstown.

According to a report from UTV the Alliance minister has written to the First and Deputy First Ministers calling an “urgent procedure” on the complex which had been due to start construct

The Mid Ulster Mail reported this week, how Edwin Poots who as Health Minister and responsible for the NI Fire and Rescue Service, has yet to sign off on the project.

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie has expressed concern over the delays.

“We are obviously negotiating with the relevant ministers to make sure that if that money is under threat that there are arrangements to bring it forward to the next spending review period,” she told UTV.

Minister Ford said in the document that he feared that “if the project does not proceed urgently, the funding available in the current 2011-2015 period will be lost to the Northern Ireland economy.”