AN organisation which has pledged nearly £2million towards a major new nuclear training centre in Bridgwater has rejected fears there will be delays in making the money available.

Last week the Mercury revealed how the Energy Skills Centre at Bridgwater College had secured £1.9million from the South West Regional Development Agency, while other projects including the Burnham town centre regeneration missed out.

Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger says he has met with the RDA but has not received assurances about when the money will be forthcoming.

He told the Mercury: “The RDA say they are 100% behind this new centre but because of their funding commitments they say they are not sure they have the money at the moment.

“I say this is ridiculous. Unless there is a resolution on this I intend to see Ed Milliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary.

“This new nuclear training centre is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the South-West. There's no time to lose.”

A spokesman for the South West RDA was unable to confirm when the money would be provided but said: “The project is on track. There is no delay in funding.”

A spokesman for Bridgwater College said it remains completely confident about the project.

The spokesman said: “We are very pleased to learn that our application for funding for the Energy Skills Centre has been identified as a programme for investment by the Regional Development Agency.

“We understand that it is still subject to some technical assessments that are still to be completed, but this is very positive news.”