Council delight at College announcement

AFTER many years of promoting Cookstown as the venue for the new public services college, the local council is delighted with this week’s announcement that formal approval has been given to locate the facility at Desertcreat.

Council chairman Sean Clarke, said: “Cookstown District Council has worked tirelessly towards reaching this important milestone that provides the final approval to allow the Joint Public Services College at Desertcreat, Cookstown, to proceed. Council’s vision, leadership and tenacity, spearheaded by Mr Michael McGuckin and his team, successfully secured the winning bid for the new College to be built in Cookstown.

“Council has subsequently been working diligently with the various Government Departments, Public Services personnel and the local community to ensure that this unique facility would come to fruition.

“Desertcreat College will act as a global exemplar in joined-up public services training. It will be one of the largest capital build projects in the history of the region and will have a huge impact on job creation and upon businesses throughout Mid Ulster, both at pre and post construction stages.

“This announcement is very timely and indeed provides a welcome boost for the local economy during the current economic downturn.”

Indeed Cookstown Council is currently working closely with the local business community to equip them with the necessary tender skills to compete for work on this project and a wide range of other procurement opportunities across the public and private sectors.

The new Chief Executive (Acting) of Cookstown District Council, Mr Adrian McCreesh said: “In the coming weeks, Council will be working directly with the Desertcreat College Team to organise an information event in Cookstown to brief local residents and businesses within close proximity of the new College site, with further details on the project.”