Buyer found for Cockermouth police station
Last updated at 12:59, Friday, 14 December 2012
Cockermouth’s old police station on Main Street has been sold.
The empty building was sold as the result of a private bid. It is not known how much it was sold for.
The sale came after a property review was launched last year by Cumbria Constabulary, which had to save £20.3 million by 2015.
It was one of 13 police stations across the county put up for sale.
The Cockermouth station, built in 1895, was said to be no longer suitable or fit for purpose and was too expensive to maintain.
Cockermouth county councillor Eric Nicholson said he believed that the station had been sold to Cumbrian business Sanderson and that there was a plan to turn it into flats, houses and a wine bar at the front.
However, this could not be confirmed and the business was unavailable for comment this week.
The total made from the disposal of the stations so far is £823,000 while the station at Keswick is still for sale and Maryport’s is on hold until 2013.
It was revealed in February that the police would move to a new base on the outskirts of Cockermouth at Marvejols Park.
Police moved into the new building in June.
It now forms a central headquarters for the Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing team, with operational bases in Keswick, Aspatria, Silloth and Wigton.
The responsibility for selling off police stations across the county has now transferred to the new county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, from the Cumbria Police Authority.
First published at 12:05, Friday, 14 December 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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I'd rather it was Wetherspoons.
Wonder how much the new building cost plus fit-out and finance and less the likely small price raised for the old bulding - Likely not a good overall commercial decision. And now no police centre in the centre of town; so likely slower response time. If you want to save money and wastage; cut government so they can't make these stupid decisions.
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