The future of the old Erne Hospital Site will be agreed before the end of the financial year, with Fermanagh District Council set to spend £1.35m, before immediately selling almost five acres to South West College in a deal worth £900,000.
The purchase is dependent on the South West College purchasing their portion before March 31, 2015. The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service will remain on site.
The development of a shared services hub on the Erne Hospital site has been identified as a priority for the new Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, with South West College set to move to the site and construct a new purpose built facility. The college has obtained funds to purchase a portion of the site and has funds in place to design work to commence in the 2015/16 financial year. The College project is set to cost over £20m, but will provide state of the art facilities and assist in the delivery of the council’s strategy as part of the Enniskillen Masterplan.
At last week’s policy and resources meeting of the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council it was confirmed that progress on the site remained on track and demolition work on the site will be completed by March 23 , with site investigation work ongoing with this work to better advise the parties with regard to potential contamination issues.
Fermanagh District Council will purchase 13.16 acres at a cost of £1,350,000, including 4.07 acres of amenity land. South West College will purchase 4.96 acres for £900,000, leaving the Council to meet the £450,000 cost of residual land.
This project will provide the Council with 4.13 acres of development lands plus 4.07 amenity acres for a Shared Services Hub provision in Enniskillen.
It was agreed at last week’s meeting that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council purchase 13.16 acres of the former Erne Hospital Site at a cost of £1,350,000 and immediately sell 4.96 acres to the South West College. The purchase is dependent on the South West College purchasing 4.96 acres of the site.
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