Commissioner unveils plans for new regional H.Q. and sale of Blackpools bonny street premises21 July, 2015
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has unveiled his proposals to create a new, modern divisional headquarters in Blackpool that will provide a better service to residents across the Fylde Coast and Lancaster.
The new West Division HQ will be built at Clifton Road on land previously occupied by Blackpool Council with easy access to the motorway network.
The move follows a decision by the Council to approve the sale of the land and the purchase of the current Bonny Street premises for future redevelopment at a meeting last night (Monday, 20 July).
As part of the plan the Commissioner Clive Grunshaw also revealed his officers had negotiated with Blackpool Council to provide a town centre station in the Municipal Buildings in areas vacated by the relocation of council staff.
Under the proposals, the current Bonny Street station, which no longer meets modern policing requirements, will be sold to Blackpool Council and leased back to the Constabulary until the new HQ is complete. A total of £21m has been budgeted for the new police station which has been on the drawing table for some time.
The new building will consist of office and specialist accommodation, a public enquiry area and a 42 custody cell complex. The build will be incorporate new energy efficient elements to reduce running costs.
The town centre enquiry desk which will also provide a base for local response and neighbourhood teams, will complete the change
Clive Grunshaw said: “Constabulary officers have worked with the council to identify the best
locations for the future divisional HQ and town centre premises and I am really pleased that this proposal is being put forward for approval.
“It is no secret that Bonny Street Police Station needed replacing and I think the decisions we are making about the future will be the right one.
“Money has been set aside for this development and I am sure it will benefit the whole of the west of the county when it is complete.
“Officers are much more mobile now and in Blackpool, officers have been piloting mobile technology to support them in their work and this will no doubt have a number of benefits for the town as we go forward.”
Divisional Commander Stuart Noble said: “The new headquarters will provide a modern and efficient operational base from which we can deliver quality policing services to the whole of the West division. It is great news for Blackpool and for the other areas we police as the location offers fantastic transport links to other parts of the policing area as well as the rest of the county.
“I want to reassure the residents of Blackpool that we will still have a base in the town centre and, for those in other parts of the division, it will be business as usual with no significant change.”