Cash still in budget for £21m station plan

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Plans for a new multi-million pound police station in Blackpool remain firmly on the cards, Lancashire’s crime chief has pledged.

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has confirmed the £21m set aside last year for the scheme is still in the budget.

And he said it was important to move forward with the proposals as quickly as possible due to the deteriorating state of the existing station on Bonny Street.

Mr Grunshaw said: “The money is in the budget and it is a commitment we have to replace Blackpool police station.

“We are in negotiation with Blackpool Council and our partners over finding a suitable site and we hope to make progress as soon as possible.

“The people of Blackpool deserve a good police facility.

“There are cost implications with the building we have now so we need to move forward with this.”

The former Lancashire Police Authority set aside the cash for the a new police station in February last year.

At the time, Lancashire Police’s chief constable Steve Finnigan warned the existing station was coming to the end of its life. But since the decision was made, the police authority has been scrapped and replaced with the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The money, which is earmarked to be spent between now and 2016/17 is coming from Government grants, capital reserves and prudential borrowing.

Blackpool Council has previously said it would like to see the station relocated to the new Central Business District being developed around North Railway Station.

But it is now believed the police would prefer a site in the south of the town, although no details have yet been confirmed. Regeneration bosses also want the police station and law courts to relocate to make way for a new leisure development on the Central Station site.

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