23 February 2018
West Tyrone MLA Tom Buchanan has described the decision to pause on-going work to the Strule Shared Education Campus in Omagh as ‘disappointing’.
It emerged today that a company has pulled out of the procurement process, resulting in a suspension of the project.
Mr Buchanan said, “The Strule Shared Education Campus has been in the pipeline now for many years, and the news that the procurement process has been suspended will be disappointing for the community as a whole. Some school buildings are not fit for purpose in Omagh, as they await the completion of their respective buildings on the campus. This pause on the Strule Campus will result in frustration by the entire school community.
While it was good to see the opening of Arvalee Special School on the site in 2016, it is important that progress is now made on the relocation of the other five schools in the project. Children and young people should be a priority and their educational needs are paramount. While there is a delay this should not deter the Department of Education and the Department of Finance from solving this issue as a matter of urgency.
I have secured a meeting with the Department for early next week, where I hope to gather some clarity on this matter. Hopefully this will be a short pause on the project. Meanwhile, I along with my DUP colleagues will continue to push to ensure budgets reflect favourably on this project and that the procurement process can be carried out swiftly and efficiently.”