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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Barrow police station of the future revealed

CUTTING-EDGE plans have been unveiled for a new South Cumbrian policing hub.

Richard Rhodes, Cumbria police and crime commissioner, yesterday unveiled the plans for the £8.5m development in Andrews Way, Barrow. It due to open in April 2015.

Funds have been secured through the sale of police stations in Millom, Dalton and Ambleside, as well as an additional sum carried over from Cumbria Police Authority’s funds.

Originally the development was estimated at £6.5m but after consulting frontline staff the number of cells has been increased from 14 to 18, contributing to the £2m increase.

The police station in Barrow’s Market Street will be closed and sold.

Following the creation of the new hub Ulverston police station will also close. Ulverston officers will be based at the new headquarters, but there will be a new “drop-in” type office opening somewhere in Ulverston town centre, similar to the bases in Dalton and Millom.

Assistant chief constable Jerry Graham said: “It’s exciting to see details of our new area headquarters taking shape, which will provide fit for purpose custody facilities, and officers and staff working in South Cumbria, with the accommodation and facilities they deserve.”

Mr Rhodes added: “In terms of the overall design and the things we have seen this (existing police station) building has seen better days. The significant costs of running this building are no longer acceptable and the new building is key to reducing these costs.”

The new station was described by Phil Robinson, estates manager, as being the most advanced development of its size in the country. West Cumbrian contractors Thomas Armstrong were awarded the contract.

Mr Rhodes added: “Part of the agreement with Thomas Armstrong will mean local labour is used to construct the building and the local supply chain will be used which is something we were particularly keen on because of the total costs of £8.5m.

“It’s a significant investment in infrastructure in Barrow – it will bring benefits of employment and other benefits to the local economy.”

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Firstly to admin: I regularly visit this website and comment on issues. Whilst I appreciate "censorship", I have to say that my last two comments have not been approved. I agree with k.hardman totally. Furthermore why should the taxpayer fund a new Police Station at a cost of 8 million pounds, when Osbourne's Austerity Measures are hitting us hard.
Why is not possible to use the Grammar Schools as a modernised unit to provide facilities for the Police.
Granted there will be a substantial cost to modernise/renovate, but it will save the school from the 'wrecking ball'.

Posted by Terence Coupe on 30 June 2013 at 07:29

new police station and quite a few civilian staff given redundancy notices and more to come due to cost saving measures..which means more paperwork for police to do..crazy!!

Posted by mike on 27 June 2013 at 14:55

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