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Future of Notts Police station to be discussed

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The future of Nottingham's Central police station will be discussed next week. It comes after the force announced it needs to save more than £42m.

The Central police station currently costs more that £380 ,000 a year to run and around a £5m investment would be needed to bring it up to scratch.

The force is considering selling the site but says it is aware they need to maintain a presence in the city.

While Central police station has been a landmark building for many years, it is no longer financially viable. We are now looking at several options, with the preferred recommendation to be an investment in a new building within the same site, remaining at the heart of the city. We are working closely with the City Council and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, and in these austere times, we need to ensure the building fits our best operating model, rather than trying to fit how we work around the buildings we have.

– Assistant Chief Officer Margaret Monckton

As the Police Authority owns the estate, any decision as to closure or development will lie with them.

We need to have the right kind of estate that meets the requirements of the newly-restructured force. Central police station is not fit for purpose, and by investing in a new building we will not only save money in running costs but it will give us a capital receipt.

– Eric Kerry, the Police Authority lead for estates and vice-chairman of the Finance and Business Committee

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