New image shows how divisional police HQ could look2 August, 2016
A new image showing how the new divisional police headquarters in Blackpool could look has been unveiled by Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.
The new police station on Clifton Road, which will serve the force’s West division, will replace the ageing Bonny Street building which is no longer fit for purpose.
The new designs have been submitted to planners and Mr Grunshaw has welcomed the progress of the development – with work on site currently expected to begin by the end of November.
The station is part of a major investment in the force by the Commissioner that will be more efficient to run and provide a new base for officers on the Fylde coast that is fit for the 21st century.
Mr Grunshaw said: “The current Bonny Street station is an eye-sore, a drain on our resources and does not meet modern policing requirements.
“I am delighted to see we are moving forward with our vision to provide a police station that will serve the Fylde coast’s residents and police officers well for decades to come.
“This is a fantastic investment not just for the police but for the community and the local economy. Local suppliers will have opportunities to get involved throughout the project and we are also providing apprenticeship opportunities in the area.”
Lancashire Police has been granted outline planning permission for the former Progress House site and once reserved matters have been agreed, the contract for the building work can be finalised.
The Clifton Road site will provide a base for the resort’s neighbourhood police and immediate response teams as well as a public enquiry desk, investigations hub and 42 custody cells.
Chief Supt Stuart Noble, Divisional Commander for Lancashire Constabulary’s West Division, added: “This is an exciting development for Blackpool. It will offer a better working environment for our officers and staff and, ultimately, allow us to provide a better quality of service to the public.
“The Blackpool town centre neighbourhood policing team and public enquiry desk will relocate to the Council’s Municipal Building so we will still have a presence in the town centre. Service to the public will not be affected by the move and response times will be met.”