Gloucester to get new police station
Gloucester is to get a new main police station.
It will be built on the site of the former fire station in Eastern Avenue and replace the divisional headquarters in Bearland.
The Constabulary has purchased the site from Gloucestershire County Council. Work is now underway to prepare the site for demolition which is scheduled to begin next month.
The police and crime commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl and chief constable are now in talks about which policing services will be run from the new police station and what will be incorporated into administrative buildings such as the force's head quarters at Waterwells.
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Mr Surl said: "The Eastern Avenue police station will be an operational building and I want to see it developed in such a way that maximises the accessibility to the police and provides the very best response to calls for police assistance. The location is excellent."
The next stage will be to agree the final design, go to tender and get it built.
Mr Surl said: "Getting the estate in good shape is important to the delivery of my policing plan in both operation and financial terms, so I'm determined to see progress.
"Bearland is past its sell-by date and attempting an upgrade does not make economic sense.
"The Eastern Avenue site will provide better value for money and a better operational response for the public too
"The police will retain a profile and a presence in the centre of Gloucester and that is very much part of the plan too."