NEWS THAT South West College has been given the go-ahead to build a new campus at the site of the old Erne Hospital has left many local people musing about what will happen to the current college building in the east end of Enniskillen.
The process of selling the building the six-storey landmark building will begin early in 2019 with the new site due to be completed by the start of the new academic year in September 2019.
The topic of what will happen to the landmark building when the college moves created a huge reaction among readers, with everything from tourist attractions to apartments being suggested.
“A nightclub, Enniskillen doesn’t have one unlike other towns in the North! It would mean better nightlife and every business in Enniskillen would do a lot better. It’s a shame why a town as good as Enniskillen doesn’t already have one,” said Thomas Beagan.
Sean Keys also agreed saying “a big three floor nightclub with three floors of bedrooms. It would make a smashing profit and give us something to do at weekends and encourage us to stay in town as opposed to travelling to Belfast, Galway, Dublin or across the water somewhere.”
Jane Smyth Donnellan stated “the old buildings behind it are of historical Interest and should be retained as a tourist attraction. Maybe demolish the college, turn it into car park, restaurant, rest rooms and offices to promote tourism.”
Paddy McFarland also believes a tourism venture would benefit the town saying, “ An interactive historical centre based around the old Gaol Square, like it should be. I never could understand how this tremendous historical opportunity for the tourist market and also to educate locals was missed here, and instead we ended up with a big white ugly blob building seen just on the approach to town.”
Others however, suggested the new college wasn’t really necessary and that the money would be better spent on essential services. Charlotte Khalagy said, “personally I think it should stay as the college and put the £20 million into schools that need building and health services that need improving. Colossal waste of money.
And Dermot McCabe reckoned the building could help create employment: “Divide it into offices or call centres and attract some of the larger companies like Amazon, EBay, financial services etc. Will bring employment to the area and will develop people at the same time.”
Posted: 7:15 pm May 14, 2017