Plans for the new West Division Police Headquarters based in Blackpool, will be on display in the Houndshill Shopping Centre on Saturday, January 16. The new headquarters building will replace the Bonny Street building in 2018 providing a new base for local neighbourhood teams, immediate response officers and 42 custody cells.
Now visitors to the shopping centre will be able to discuss the plans with project officers on Saturday, between 11.30am and 2pm where a special display will be set up as part of the Commissioner’s precept consultation roadshow.
The new building has been planned for several years and will be funded as part of the Commissioner’s capital programme.
When complete the new building will boast energy saving features and save £180k in annual running costs such as heating and lighting meaning more money can be put into policing.
Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire explained: “The current Bonny Street premises are way past their sell by date. The building doesn’t meet modern policing requirements and actually does nothing to enhance the culture and working practices.
“On top of that the current costs of heating and maintaining the building are £500k which is a drain on our reducing resources.”
A planning application for the new build on the site of the former Progress House council offices on Clifton Road, Blackpool will be submitted to Blackpool Council this month. The site is close to the large Tesco and the junction of the M55 motorway ensuring excellent links to the wider road network and the remainder of West Division.
The Blackpool Town Centre neighbourhood team and public enquiry desk will relocate to the Council’s Municipal Building as part of the plans that will also see Blackpool South police station close in 2019.
As part of the build hundreds of local jobs and apprenticeships will be created with local businesses and suppliers given the opportunity to bid for work.
The scheme will also be discussed at the next meeting of the Mereside PACT on January 21 at the Mereside Community Centre. Local people are invited to come and talk to the Commissioner and project team about the plans.