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Woodbridge: Police and fire seek public opinion on HQ share plan

08:05 31 May 2014

Tim Passmore

Tim Passmore

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Consultation is under way on plans for police to share a home with on-call firefighters in a Suffolk town.

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The £600,000 project could see Woodbridge officers move from their base in Grundisburgh Road to the local fire station in Theatre Street.

Proposals includes extending the fire station to house both services.

Suffolk County Council’s head of public protection, Colin Spence, said shared stations had already worked well in Ixworth, Elmswell, Debenham and Framlingham. He added: “Our plans to develop and improve Woodbridge fire station will help us become even more cost effective, we will be able to work much more closely together in Woodbridge and also improve vital emergency services property.”

Funding for the project will be split by the two services, but it is hoped the Government will help pay for building work at the station.

Police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore said working together was key to meeting financial challenges. He added: “I am very pleased with the existing shared stations across the county - it saves money and improves the joint working of these two key blue-light services.”

Mr Passmore said the sale of the police station was in the process of being completed with a developer.

Local county councillor Caroline Page gave her backing. She said: “I am very supportive of plans to consolidate the premises. Not only is it closer to the town centre, but I hope it could also encourage greater understanding of other aspects of the services - for example, the brilliant Firebreak youth engagement project run by the fire service.”

Mayor of Woodbridge and district councillor, Geoff Holdcroft said: “I think it’s a great way to retain a police presence in the town. It will be a lot more accessible to most people, although I do have some concern about car parking - the police station has significantly more.”

If approved, work would start this summer and be complete for next March. It would include five new parking spaces and a garage for an emergency vehicle.

The public can inspect plans at the fire station from 3pm-7pm on Thursday, June 5, or send feedback to Fire.BusinessSupport@suffolk.gov.uk quoting Woodbridge Consultation.

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3 comments

  • Polices and Fire seek public opinion. What a load of rubbish it's a done deal, Passmore pays lip service to public opinion.

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    easylec

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • This is the way forward. Most of our Police stations were built in the days when there was top brass (Superintendents, Chief Inspectors, Inspectors) stationed there, all needing their own office. Now you are lucky if you can find a Pcso. Look at Hadleigh Police station, built in the days were there were 20 plus staff working there. Now single figures and not all Police officers. Massive plot of land which must be worth a bob or two from a developer. Hadleigh has a new fire station opposite Morrisons so why not build a small Police office along side it?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Just shows there is still plenty of scope for saving money on public services without reducing service levels. Still too many empires that have been allowed to grow for too long so still lots to do.

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    amsterdam81

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

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