Humberside Police Commissioner Approves New £8 Million Building
5:55pm 15th April 2013
Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove has approved plans for a new £8.1m police building at Melton to house the regional underwater unit, the force's armoury, specialist teams, support staff and workshops. This cost includes the building contract of £7.2m and fitting out costs of around £900,000. A planning application will be submitted shortly and construction is expected to take around eight months.
Humberside Police Authority originally gave approval for the site last year but Matthew ordered a review of the decision when he learnt that Humberside Fire and Rescue Service also had plans to develop their own workshop facilities a few miles away at Hessle. Matthew is committed to ensuring public money is spent wisely and, whenever possible, working jointly with other public sector organisations to reduce costs. His review looked at the business case for the new building and what opportunities existed for collaboration with the Fire and Rescue Service.
Matthew said: "Given the cost involved it was important I took a careful look at these plans but I am now convinced this building is essential both for the future efficiency of the force and also because of the financial savings it will deliver. I am still in discussion with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and remain optimistic about the benefits of having a joint maintenance facility. With this building having a workshop area, and the fire service planning one a few miles down the road, I am seeking genuine collaboration for the benefit of both organisations and local taxpayers".
On completion of the site officers and staff will move from the Queens Gardens and Tower Grange police stations, where a number are still housed, meaning that these stations can be disposed of. In addition the new building will also relieve pressure at Hessle police station, which is overcrowded and also allow staff to be moved from a number of leased premises. Matthew added;
"The reason Melton has been chosen is it is at the centre of the Humberside Force area and very close to the road network. We have a lot of officers in rented, leased, or out-of-date accommodation in various locations which reduces efficiency. This is part of ongoing work to rationalise our estate, reduce our floor area and make the property cheaper to run. Melton will generate annual savings estimated to be in excess of £200k compared to the current arrangements which is excellent news for local tax payers"
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