Still no decision on future of NRC

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There is still no decision on the future of the Northern Regional College campus in Ballymoney.

North Antrim DUP MLA Paul Frew tabled a question to Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry recently asking for an update on the future of the campus.

Minister Farry replied: “The College is currently preparing an outline business case exploring options for the provision of further education in the Ballymena, Ballymoney and Coleraine areas.

“This business case will identify the value for money option, funding requirements and procurement route.

“Until the business case has been assessed and approved, I am not in a position to be definitive about the College’s plans for the Ballymoney area.

“However, I can assure you that my Department is working hard with the College to ensure that, going forward, the learners, employers and community in the College’s area will benefit from the state of the art accommodation and equipment that are now available in many other College areas.”

There has been widespread concern for, not only the future of the Ballymoney campus, but also for the economic impact closure of the campus would have on the town centre economy of Ballymoney.