Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire Authority and Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping are set to sell Central Fire and Police Stations.
A site for a new Central Fire Station has been identified and negotiations with the owner are progressing. The existing building is extremely expensive to run and maintain and is in need of extensive refurbishment which would cost millions of pounds.
The Police and Crime Commissioner recognises the necessity of maintaining a policing presence in the city, but £5 million would be needed to bring the present station up to scratch and the sale of both stations together is expected to raise the necessary funds to build new, fit-for-purpose (and the future) stations. The Commissioner is currently working with Nottingham City Council to explore the options for a new police station and the Council offices that currently occupy part of the Central site.
Head of Procurement and Estates at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service Ian Pritchard said: “The sale of this prime city centre site would avoid the need for an expensive refurbishment of the current building, which was built in the early 1940s, and help us pay for a new purpose-built fire station specifically designed to meet the latest operational needs of the Fire Service.”
Paddy Tipping added: “While Central Police Station has been a landmark building for many years, it is now outdated and, therefore, no longer financially viable. We are currently considering a number of city centre locations and working with the City Council to try to identify a property suitable for an integrated service centre which will be easy for the public to access. Clearly, given the financial situation, we need to ensure the most effective solution that will be fit for the future and suitable for co-location with our partners and delivery of first-class services and keeping people safe.”
Deputy Leader of Nottingham City Council Councillor Graham Chapman said: “We have a long-held aspiration to see this site redeveloped, alongside our plans for The Guildhall, so we are pleased to be working towards making this happen and helping to find suitable alternative city centre locations. New developments on this prime city centre site will bring jobs during construction and longer term, which is one of the City Council’s top priorities.”
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Posted on Monday 13th May 2013