Former Tewkesbury police station up for sale
TEWKESBURY'S old police station is up for sale – for the bargain price of £275,000.
With the two-storey building and yard covering an overall size of 3,304sq ft, the site in Barton Street could be an attractive one to developers looking for town centre space.
But any developer would have to gain planning permission for anything other than a police station.
The freehold of the 1970s-built station is being sold by the Bristol office of BNP Paribas Real Estate on behalf of the former Gloucestershire Police Authority, which has been replaced by the new police and crime commissioner Martin Surl.
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BNP Paribas' marketing material said: "The existing building suits a variety of uses or the site could be redeveloped for a range of alternative uses subject to planning."
The station closed in July when Gloucestershire Constabulary moved its Tewkesbury base to the borough council's site in Gloucester Road.
It led to criticism from town centre residents, who felt the station was no longer as accessible to those without transport.
But the police are pleased with the move.
Inspector Brian Murnaghan said: "It's all been good and I can't say anything negative about it."
Town mayor Councillor Ken Powell said it was important to see the site being put back into use.
He said he didn't want it becoming a disused eyesore in the way that Healing's Mill has.
He said: "It's one of those buildings that we will have to keep our eye on and see what happens to it.
"We don't want it being empty for months or even years on end, deteriorating.
"We want somebody to get on and use the building.
"Let's hope it gets snapped up pretty quickly and put back into use."