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Work can begin on new Barrow police station

PLANS for a new police station in Barrow are all go after planning permission was granted for the scheme.

Barrow Borough Council’s planning committee chose to give the go ahead for a new station which will be situated in Phoenix Way off Walney Road.

The station is expected to cost around £6.5m and police chose the site due to its good public transport links and easy access to both Barrow and Ulverston.

The meeting took place yesterday at Barrow Town Hall and planning officer Jason Hipkiss told the committee that the police need a new, larger site to act as an area base.

He said: “This application is the result of a restructuring of policing within the south Cumbria area.

“This has identified a need for an area base for south Cumbria.”

The new station will provide a base for 270 staff, who will work on a three shift system, along with a separate garage at the site for maintaining the fleet.

No-one spoke on behalf of the police at the meeting, however a statement prepared for the committee said the site will provide a new facility for the area.

A spokesman said: “It will reflect the corporate image of the police authority and the constabulary at the same time as providing an iconic structure to enhance the area by using local materials, decoration, lighting, colour and texture.”
The building will be around eight metres high and no more than three storeys.

Work on the development is due to begin next year.

Despite Barrow Borough Council initially hoping the station would be built at the waterfront where the planned marina development will take place, there was no opposition from councillors to the plans.

Committee chairwoman Councillor Ann Thomson said councillors had visited the site before the meeting and it was currently being used for fly tipping and rubbish dumping.

Councillors voted unanimously to accept the plans. Work can now begin.

Have your say

I don't deny the Town needs a new Police Station but so far out of Town making it difficult for non drivers to access will this mean even less Police presence on the streets there is plenty of spare land /office space that is more central

Posted by Maureen Mason on 7 December 2012 at 05:42

Well Wally you certainly showed that you are one. You managed to get everything wrong even about your comments being shown.

What you should be doing, instead of spouting silliness, is asking exactly what is the town centre presence going to be. Where will it be? How many civilian staff and officers will be on duty there? What hours will it be open to the public? Don't wait until it's done and dusted. Will there be a consultation with the public about the town centre office? That's what is important . Not where the offices and cells will be or where the vehicles are going to be garaged and maintained. It doesn't matter where the new police atation will be. If there is an office in the town centre then if you can get to the existing police station you can get to a new town centre office. I haven't heard any mention of stopping buses to the town centre or doing away with town centre parking.

Posted by Dogwalker on 6 December 2012 at 22:19

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