The Ballymoney campus of the Northern Regional College looks set for closure.
The Ballymoney and Moyle Times can reveal that staff from the NRC received an email today (Wednesday) informing them that the College’s business case had been approved by the Department of Education and Learning.
The Business Case aims to ‘consolidate’ Coleraine and Ballymoney sites on a new campus in Coleraine and, while the move will be subject to public consultation, the future of the old Ballymoney ‘Tech’ is obviously in jeopardy.
The email was sent to all staff from NRC Chief Executive Terri Scott and read: “I am pleased to let you know that that the Outline Business Case for our new build programme has been approved. Based on the recommendations identified we will now be taking forward a planned public consultation over the coming months seeking the views of local communities.
“The College’s new build programme, which is expected to take three years, involves plans to move from a six campus to a four campus model in order to enable vital investment in infrastructure and facilities, and contribute to a fit-for-purpose environment which will enhance the overall student experience.
“The preferred option which we will be consulting on is a new campus in Coleraine on the existing site, and development of the Ballymena Campus at Farm Lodge.
“Further details will be shared with staff over the coming weeks, including information sessions across all campuses.”