Relief as £3.1m sports hall plans for Integrated College Dungannon forge ahead after delay

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The go-ahead has been given to build a £3.1million state-of-the-art sports hall at Integrated College Dungannon after the plans were left in limbo due to a lack of funding.

Education Minister John O’Dowd announced at the Assembly this week that approval had been given to progress to tender for the new two-storey building.

In August the school became the latest victim of severe budget cuts in the Department of Education when the sports facility plans were ‘parked’ until future funding became available.

The announcement led to fears that local pupils would have to continue their education with sub-standard facilities.

The project was the only one to be shelved in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone area.

A total of ten schools in the area have submitted plans for major and minor works to their buildings.

Work on five of the projects, four of which are in Fermanagh, has commenced or is due to begin soon.

St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon, with an approved business case for £28.7m, is anticipated to commence on site early in the 2016-17 year.