West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is working with Newcastle College seeking a solution to the funding shortfall for the new Skelmersdale and Ormskirk College currently being built. A commitment worth £4 million from the North West Development Agency has been lost following the ConDem Government’s decision to scrap the NWDA.
Any projects without a signed contract will not receive the agreed funding.
Skelmersdale and Ormskirk College falls into the list of unfunded projects released by the NWDA on Monday.
In response MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Newcastle College and I have worked closely throughout this project fighting to secure the funding. We must have a college that matches the aspirations and ambitions of the young people in Skelmersdale and across West Lancashire."
“In the last ten days, I have brought this sudden and urgent funding problem to Eric Pickles, Communities and Local Government Secretary. I have spoken to him on two occasions about this matter and I hope he will support the young people of West Lancashire and ensures that the college building work already underway is allowed to proceed without delay or alteration so as to be ready for students in 2011 and kickstart the redevelopment of Skelmersdale town centre. I would ask the Secretary of State to act with urgency to help resolve this cash crisis now.”
“I understand that there has been announcement of a £1 billion Regional Economic Growth Fund which is one option that needs to be more closely considered to help bridge this funding gap but there is a great concern whether this may be a little too late for this scheme.”
Any delay in the building of this college will have huge repercussions for the students and town of Skelmersdale.