West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is delighted that the new state of the art Skelmersdale College is a step closer following the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) announcement the college's application has passed its value-for-money test.
At the end of August Rosie claimed victory in the battle to get the college plans reinstated along with 13 other colleges to receive funding from the Learning and Skills Council.
This announcement that the application has now been approved by the Capital Committee and the National Council will enable the building of the new college to go ahead.
"I was absolutely confident that once the college was back on the list of approved schemes the LSC would commit funding for the scheme from their budgets. I hope that this announcement will demonstrate to the young people of Skelmersdale and across West Lancashire that I am serious about ensuring they have the best opportunities.
"The building of a new state of the art learning facility in West Lancashire shows our high aspiration for our students, this area and its residents. This is a great start for the regeneration of Skelmersdale."
The original Learning and Skills Council announcement in June did not include Skelmersdale and Ormskirk College. Since then Rosie Cooper has worked hard and fought a successful campaign to get the college reinstated believing there to be an absolute need in this area and that there was a commitment which needed to be honoured. Rosie held a series of high level meetings with Government Ministers, senior executives from the Learning and Skills Council and Skelmersdale & Ormskirk College.
On a recent visit to West Lancashire, North West Regional Minister Phil Woolas confirmed that only the dogged determination and lobbying skills of Rosie Cooper had saved the facility for Skelmersdale.