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New Southern Police Station for Cambridgeshire moves a step closer

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite has signed an agreement to progress proposals for a new police station for the county.

An Option Agreement has been signed with The Ely Diocese which allows Cambridgeshire Constabulary to carry out exploratory work and conduct ground surveys on a site on the outskirts of Cambridge. Over the past year, a team consisting of offices and staff from the Constabulary has been working alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner to identify suitable sites to replace Parkside Police Station which is currently located in the centre of Cambridge.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite said:

“Whilst Parkside Police Station has provided a good service since it was constructed in 1967, its location means it is no longer in the best place given the associated problems of travelling in and out of the city. The layout of the building does not meet modern policing requirements and the number of custody cells and ancillary facilities needs increasing.

“This project will allow us to build a new station which better meets the operational needs of the Constabulary.

“I have sought assurance from the Chief Constable that community policing and a Public Contact Point will remain in the city centre.”

“Before any planning permission is sought, I will be holding a period of public consultation in order to listen to the views of local residents and stakeholders, the dates of which will be announced in due course.

“Whilst this project is ongoing, I want to reassure you that Parkside Police Station will remain operational until the new station is completed.”

Chief Constable, Nick Dean added:

“We remain committed to maintaining a local police presence in and around the city of Cambridge and I want to reassure people living, working and visiting Cambridge that there will still be an enquiry office function within the city. The new police station will allow us to future proof the policing of the county given the changing nature of crime and demand on our services.”

Carter Jonas are advising The Ely Diocese.