New Build for Strabane Campus of NWIFHE is a priority for Sinn Féin
Published: 26 July, 2011
"Given that the economic appraisal for a new build for the Campus has been with DEL since 2006, I asked the current DEL Minister Stephen Farry to state what priority he attached to funding this vital development for the District.
"While the Minister stated that capital funding for the Strabane campus was among his priorities and that the need for funding would be included in the Investment Strategy 2011 to 2021, which is due later this year, what we require is a definitive commitment and timetable in relation to the provision of a new build.
"Given the inadequate facilities in Strabane compared to the state of the art FE facilities in our neighbouring towns of Derry, Omagh and Limivady and given the promises from DEL following the closure of Adria and Herdman's that additional resources would be made available to improve FE provision in Strabane, it would have been expected that major capital investment in Strabane would have been a priority for the Department in the 2005-2015 Investment Strategy.
"While £220K programme of maintenance and refurbishment works to the Strabane Campus was secured in 2008 following persistent lobbying and while this has enabled some expansion in courses and increased enrolment, this work is no substitute for the new build facility that is required so as to enable a full expansion in the range of courses that other campuses can offer, including the expansion of full time courses and Foundation level degree courses.
"The securing a new build for the Strabane Campus was flagged up as a key educational, economic and social imperative for the District at the recent Future Search Conference held in the Fir Trees Hotel, and I along with other Sinn Fein MLAs such as Barry Mc Elduff, from within the DEL Committee itself, will continue to prioritize this lobby until the new build is secured." ENDS