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Plans revealed for new Liskeard police station

Plans revealed for new Liskeard police station

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:31pm 23rd May 2018.

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans have been revealed for a new police station in Liskeard to replace the existing station which police say is no longer fit for use.

Devon and Cornwall Police submitted a planning application this week to demolish the current station in Greenbank Road and build a new station on the site.

The police station had its front office closed to the public in 2014 but has remained as a centre for police officers in the area.

Under the new plans the station would continue as a base for police officers and will have a 101 non-emergency phone installed outside the station for use by the public which is a standard requirement.

Plans for a new station at Liskeard were first put forward in 2015 but were delayed as the police looked at sharing resources and funding with other partners.

However in October last year it was decided to press ahead with the plans to replace the current station which was built in 1968.

A planning statement from the police states that the station “is suffering from maintenance, stabilisation and structural issues which are not economical to repair. The new station will be built largely on the station carpark, allowing demolition of the existing building”.

If the plans are approved it is hoped that the new station would be open by December 2019.

In a design and access statement provided as part of the application it states: “The current Police Station building is suffering due to its age, and would be costly to renovate. The appearance of the existing building contributes no benefit to the surrounding area, with the exterior of the building showing signs of its age and general condition. Internally the building if suffering from land subsidence and the layout is no longer fit for purpose.

“The new building will be more efficient and economically sustainable to run on a day to day basis, whilst also providing improved facilitates for the police The end result of this will be a modern high performance building, in keeping with the locality, and with a viable long-term lifespan.

“The revised layout and improved facilities will help provide a suitable environment for the current and potentially any new staff required. A new building will also support the aims of the force’s mission, vision and values in particularly in terms of wellness, fairness and respect.”

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