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PCC puts Greyfriars on the market

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway has this week kept her word to put Greyfriars Police station on the open market.

The Bedford Community Policing team, which has been based there, is to operate from a brand new Enquiries Office in Lime Street for which Bedfordshire Police has just been granted change of use permission by Bedford Borough Council.

“I promised the people of Bedford more visible policing, in the very centre of the town. I’m delighted that the Force now has permission to create a brand new Enquires Office, just of the High Street, in the very centre of the shopping and working district, by day, and pubbing and clubbing area, by night,” said Commissioner Holloway.

“Greyfriars station was no longer fit for purpose after the custody suite moved to Kempston. It is also in a key location in terms of Bedford Borough Council’s Plan for the town.

“I am determined that Bedfordshire Police will receive maximum benefit from the sale, but we will also take into account the direction the Borough Council is taking. This is why its Chief Executive, Phil Simpkins, is being invited by me to be part of the panel which considers all bids as well as the fully independent Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Paul Kane,” She said.

Greyfriars Station is being advertised by Lambert Smith Hampton next week, with a five week period for sealed bids to be submitted by 11th August 2017.

The proceeds of the sale of a police building have to be invested in other building work or equipment, such as new computer systems. Bedfordshire Police is actively seeking a solution to permanently replace the temporary Custody Suite, at Kempston Headquarters, with a permanent building.