New Police Station For Chippenham
By Lois_Avery | Monday, September 20, 2010, 17:32
Chippenham police have officially announced that they are to build a brand new police station.
Wiltshire Police Authority today revealed plans to build a new, modern, fit for purpose police station to replace the dated, former NAAFI building that the police have occupied in Wood Lane since the 1960s.
The building will be torn down and part of the land sold off – the funds from this sale will then pay for the new building.
Work will now begin on getting quotes for the work and obtaining planning permission.
Councillor Chris Caswill, the local Wiltshire Councillor and Member of Wiltshire Police Authority, said: “This is good news for Chippenham. It demonstrates the long term commitment to deliver local policing for the town. The current building is a maintenance nightmare. Something has to be done and now is the right time, even in the current financial climate.
“We have the opportunity to sell part of the site as a major contribution to the cost of a smaller building on the remainder of the site. We are confident that we will get competitive quotes for the work and it makes sense to begin now rather than struggle on with the old building.”
What do you think of the old building? Is this a waste of money or a good opportunity to replace an eyesore? As ever, let us know.