Proposals to create a multi-agency hub at Sir John Robinson House and open a new community police station in Carlton are being shared with the public and partners by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Paddy Tipping is asking for views and suggestions on proposals to sell Arnold and Carlton police stations and create a new multi-public services hub at Sir John Robinson House, shared with Gedling Borough Council’s community protection team and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Sir John Robinson House is the former Home Brewery building now owned by Nottinghamshire County Council on the A60 Mansfield Road.
A new community police station in Carlton would then be created from which neighbourhood policing, response and investigation teams would operate.
The force is exploring potential shared accommodation which could be suitable for this and is looking for suggestions from the local community.
The plans also include a refurbishment of both Oxclose Lane and Bulwell police stations to improve their current facilities.
Assistant Chief Constable Simon Torr said: “The proposals present a wide range of benefits. They provide an opportunity to co-locate with partners at Sir John Robinson House, make better use of accommodation at Oxclose Lane and Bulwell and make significant cost savings whilst minimising the impact on front line operational policing.
“A shared service at Sir John Robinson House would provide policing teams with greater opportunities to work on a daily basis with partner agencies.
“The creation of the multi-agency hub will deliver a one-stop shop which will allow people to be directed quickly and efficiently towards the resource which is best able to meet their needs.
“The Commissioner’s consultation regarding the plans will run until the end of June and we welcome the views of the public and our partners.”
The Carlton and Arnold move is designed to deliver annual revenue savings of £180,000. This will contribute towards the overall estates rationalisation project savings target of £2.4m over three years.
Commissioner Tipping said: “These proposals are an important part of our drive to maximise the use of public funds by targeting resources to where they are most needed, which is frontline policing - not maintaining under-utilised buildings.
“The fact is, policing is changing and now thanks to increasingly clever technology, officers can perform more of their functions remotely or ‘on the move’, which allows them to spend more time out in the community which is what people tell me they want to see. I also know that the way people prefer to contact the Force has changed out of all recognition from 30 years ago. By creating bases in the heart of the community, with other member of the public services family, people will be able to access a range of services – not simply policing – which many people find more convenient.
“We have never denied that there are serious economic reasons for evaluating our current estate but these are equally balanced with the need to increase our service provision and achieve key Police and Crime Plan aims to cut crime and keep people safe, spend public money wisely and to earn the community’s trust and confidence.”
The Commissioner concluded: “We remain committed to delivering the best service possible to the public. Far from reducing police services, these measures will enhance public access and deliver the kind of visible policing communities rightly expect. The current teams at Arnold and Carlton Police Stations will be relocated without compromising service levels to the community.”
The Commissioner is consulting local community representatives the members of the public are invited to comment via the website by visiting the website at http://goo.gl/cZBe34 , contacting the Commissioner’s office by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0115 844 5998
The Nottinghamshire Police Budget needs to find a further £12.7m in efficiency savings over the next 12 months – in addition to the £42m already achieved - to plug the funding gap and is faced with the challenge of cutting costs while minimising the impact on operational policing.
The ongoing estates project is one area where the Force can achieve significant cost reductions while also protecting service levels and improving public access.
Posted on Friday 6th June 2014