Cookstown police and fire training college will go ahead - McCrea

An aerial view of the proposed training college at Desertcreat.
An aerial view of the proposed training college at Desertcreat.

Mid Ulster DUP MLA Ian McCrea says he has been given assurance that the Police and Fire training college at Desertcreat in Cookstown has ‘moved to next stage of the process’.

Mr McCrea said he held conversations with party colleague and Health Minister, Edwin Poots MLA as well as Party Leader and First Minister, Rt Hon Peter Robinson MLA, and described fears over the future of the £150k project had been ‘scaremongering’.

Last month, the Mid Ulster mail revealed that the Health Minister Edwin Poots had not signed off on the college.

But on Friday, Ian McCrea said: “Given the latest scaremongering by others in relation to whether or not the Desertcreat College would go ahead, I never had any doubts that this project would be delivered which has been cemented by the fact both the Health Minister and First Minister have categorical assured me this project has been given the green light to move to the next stage of the process.”

He added: “Whilst others see fit to attack the Health Minister on this issue, I have been engaging with him to help progress this vitally important scheme for my constituents to see this world class facility come to Mid Ulster and this is to be wholeheartedly welcomed.

“I also welcome the fact that a project bank account will be put in place to ensure that sub-contractors will get their money paid directly through that account; this was initiated to avoid what happened with the Patton Group where sub-contractors lost out on being paid.”