Rain

Rain

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: Police building in Maynewater Lane is up for sale

12:00 28 January 2013

The former West Suffolk Police HQ building in Maynewater Lane, Bury is up for sale.

The former West Suffolk Police HQ building in Maynewater Lane, Bury is up for sale.

Archant

A POLICE building in Bury St Edmunds is being sold by the constabulary to save money.

shares

But a residents’ association has expressed concern the site in Maynewater Lane could become another housing development and add to parking woes in the area.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said Maynewater House was not used as an operational police station, but purely for office accommodation, and staff had been able to relocate to office space at the police station in Raingate Street.

The Maynewater House site is being advertised with Spice Property Consultants, based in Ipswich, as having refurbishment or redevelopment potential. Tina Keeley, of the firm, said mainly the interest received so far was from property developers.

In September a development of flats at the former Linnet Service Station site down the road was granted planning permission despite concerns from a number of quarters, including over the lack of parking in the area.

Matthew Moss, chairman of the Saxon Gate Community Association, which represents an estate across the stream from Maynewater House, said non-residents using the estate to park was becoming more and more of an issue as the parking area at the former service station site - opposite businesses - had now been lost.

He said he hoped if the Maynewater House site became housing there would be adequate parking.

“There is the risk of overdeveloping in an area which has got quite dense housing units,” he said.

His hopes for the site are a convenience store or a community hall to cater for nearby residents.

He added the association’s committee is in discussions with councillors about a proper parking survey for the estate.

The police spokeswoman said the force was currently in the midst of a four-year programme to make savings of more than £17million.

As part of this it is reviewing its estate to ensure people have access to police services, in buildings which are affordable and fit-for-purpose, with modern working conditions for officers and staff.

The spokeswoman said Maynewater House - originally built in 1970 as residential accommodation for single serving officers - was now surplus to requirements and would be sold to generate money to help meet its savings target while helping to preserve front-line policing.

“Following the opening of the Police Investigation Centre in River Lane during 2011 work was undertaken last year to convert the former custody suite in the Raingate Street police station to office space thereby enabling relocation of staff from Maynewater House.”

shares

0 comments

Stock image of A14 delays between Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds.

Police said the collisions have caused widespread delays in west Suffolk.

Man put woman's photos on online dating site

A 24-year-old Suffolk man has been fined for posting topless photos of a woman on an internet dating site.

Will Quince pictured with newborn daughter Annie.

Mr Quince said he “just had to get on with it” after helping to deliver Anne Frances (Annie) in the early hours of Saturday.

Sycamore Close, Ipswich

A man who brandished an axe when baliffs came to his Ipswich home to collect a court debt has been jailed.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester

Commuters are facing delays and cancellations due to overhead wire damage in the Alresford area.

1968 file picture of an annual rally of Cub Scouts from Ipswich, Woodbridge and Felixstowe held at the Hallowtree Camping Site.  The picture shows the County Commissioner for Suffolk Mr J D Pearce, with some of the cubs.

Cub packs across Suffolk will be marking the organisation’s 100 year anniversary in 2016 – and we are looking for your memories and pictures.

Dame Joan Collins signs copies of her new book The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club at Selfridges in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Collins. Photo credit should read: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

British actress Joan Collins will bring a sparkle of Hollywood glamour to Bury St Edmunds in September as part of her much-anticipated Unscripted tour.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24