Police Commissioner and Chief Constable to hold public meeting on new police station plans
June 5th, 2019
POLICE and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Jason Ablewhite is inviting local people to come and hear his plans for a new police station to serve the south of Cambridgeshire.
The Commissioner will be outlining his proposal to build a new station on the outskirts of Milton in Cambridge alongside Chief Constable, Nick Dean.
Local people are invited to Milton CE Primary School, Humphries Way, Milton CB24 6DL on Monday 10th June from 7pm, where there will also be an opportunity to view the plans.
Over the past year, a team of experts has been working alongside the PCC to identify suitable sites to construct a new police station which will serve Cambridge City and the south of the county.
A number of other locations have been looked at, but the proposed site at Milton provides the Chief Constable with the best location to meet operational demand. This site has better road access and will enable officers to respond to calls for service more efficiently. It also provides increased custody provision to meet Home Office requirements for new builds.
Whilst the proposed new station will service the south of the county, a Police Information Point and community policing team will remain within Cambridge city, the precise location of which will be decided in due course.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite explains:
“With Cambridgeshire’s population set to grow by 20% by 2030, it’s vital that the Chief Constable has the resources he needs to meet growing demand.
“Parkside Police Station has provided a good service since it was constructed in 1967. However the layout of the building does not meet modern policing requirements and the number of custody cells needs increasing. At present, when these are full, police officers have to transport the people they arrest to Peterborough. Clearly this takes them away from attending other calls for service in Cambridge and the surrounding area.
“The meeting on 10th June is an opportunity for local people to listen to my proposals. There will also be an opportunity to view the plans and ask any questions. Following the meeting, I will be inviting people to have their say on my website.”
Chief Constable, Nick Dean:
“The proposed site for a new police station for the south of the county in Milton is based around the operational need of the force to work more effectively and efficiently, as well as to improve our custody facilities.
“The aim is for the new site to future proof our ability to police Cambridgeshire, given the level of growth anticipated in the surrounding areas, and the changing nature of crime and demand on our services.”
Information about the proposal can be found on the Commissioner’s website: https://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/your-views/have-your-say/.
A link to the survey will be available on the website from 9am on Monday 10th June. The survey will close at 5pm on Friday 5th July.