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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Plans for new Barrow police station approved

PLANS to spend as much as £8.5m on a new police station in Barrow have been approved.

A business proposal was presented at a meeting of Cumbria Police Authority last month. 

Police want to build a new station as the building presently has too few cells and is expensive to run. 

Cumbria Police Authority’s Chair, Ray Cole, said: “The business case put forward includes a range of options for the development of the police estate in Barrow and the Police Authority has given its approval of the investment.

“There are now different options that the authority will consider and each carries estimated costings ranging from £7million-£8.5 million. This is a considerable amount of money– especially at a time when the constabulary is under so much financial pressure – however it has been widely recognised that Barrow police station in its current state is unacceptable and unsustainable.

“It is anticipated that the savings identified during the on going police estate review and generated from the sales of police buildings in Cumbria will be re-invested by the police authority into this project to future-proof the police estate.”

Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said: “The police authority and the chief officer team are responsible for ensuring that officers and staff have a safe environment to work in so that they can provide a high quality service to local communities.

“Careful consideration and in-depth reviews of the police estate in Cumbria have been on going for some time and it is recognized that Barrow police station is a priority for development due to its current sub-standard state.

“Investing in the police estate in Barrow at a time when the Constabulary is striving to make significant savings is a big decision, but one that is necessary for the future of Cumbria Constabulary.

“We will keep you informed of any new developments as and when they happen.”
 

 

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