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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Beginning of new era for policing in Barrow

THE first stage in the construction of a new multi-million pound Barrow police station has been marked with a ceremony.

A sod was cut from the ground in Andrews Way yesterday afternoon ahead of the start of work on the state of the art £8.1m station.

The new edge-of-town headquarters will replace the ageing station in Market Street and become the hub of police operations for Barrow and Ulverston.

The building will provide a base for around 270 staff over three storeys and was chosen due to its public transport links and easy access to Barrow and surrounding communities.

Richard Rhodes, Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, was joined by Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock for a ceremony in the driving wind and rain.

Mr Rhodes told the crowd of police officers and staff from the project contractor Cumbria-based Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd: “It’s my very great pleasure to welcome John Woodcock to start the process of furnishing Furness and the whole peninsula with a brand new state of the art police station.

“It’s an investment of £8.1m and we hope to have it open and operational by mid-2015 to make a significant difference to the constabulary.”

Mr Woodcock described it as “genuine privilege” to cut the sod. He said: “Let’s make no bones about it, there are a lot of places that are losing stations, so to have this investment in the area is something we should celebrate.”

Deputy Chief Constable Gerry Graham said: “It’s a very exciting day for police in Cumbria and south Cumbria in particular.

“We are very grateful to the commissioner and his staff for their determination and in securing investment for this project.”

Have your say

Another step away from the public.I predict that when this opens towns like Dalton,Ulverston,Askam and all villages will never see a police presence unless it is for a serious incident....Given all the savings the various agencies are making I ask " why are we still paying the same tax and poll tax ? And where is the money being spent ?"

Posted by K.hardman on 4 February 2014 at 18:27

El-Tee, You have got it in one, unfortunately, we plebs are not allowed to have any contact with the Police other than Via a Phone or E-mail? My guess is that there will be moves ahead soon to Introduce a Private Companys running all Emergency Services? But those that are working under these current system for E/G serving officers of any of the forces are having it all there own way for now & not realizing what there letting themselves in for! Also Niel, Be careful your Talking about the Golden Haired Boy there, I am amazed your comments got through? I bet mine wont !

Posted by A Reader. on 4 February 2014 at 00:22

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