Southport Police Station is to be sold as Merseyside Police look to close stations across the region to save money.
This news comes after Southport’s custody suite closed for good in early 2013, and 16 assistant custody officers posts also went (throughout Merseyside), due to cost-cutting measures.
Above: Ainsdale police station
Ainsdale and Formby police stations will also be shut, but Copy Lane in Netherton kept.
Merseyside Police say Southport Police will be disposed of, with a community police station and general enquiry office in its place.
A minimum of 20 police stations are set to be closed and sold off in the massive Merseyside Police saving money plan
The force, has been hit by government cuts in recent times and will today announce plans to close a number of neighbourhood police stations and cut the numbers of buildings it leases.
A 10-year modernisation plan will see £130m ploughed instead into providing smaller, cost-efficient “community police stations” – which could be based in shared facilities like libraries – a new organised crime centre in Speke and the refurbishment of the force’s city centre headquarters at Canning Pl;ace in Liverpool city centre.
It is understood that the force believes it can save £2.5m each year on the current £12m cost of its estate.
Under the plans, set to be unveiled at the Canning Place HQ, each local authority area would have an area headquarters, with many stations closed and replaced with community stations or “patrol hubs”, where beat officers would be based.
Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Our stations and facilities are no longer fit to serve the public or fit for the officers, PCSOs and staff that work in them .
“By transforming our estate, creating more efficient and effective buildings, we will be protecting frontline policing and putting officers where the public want to see them – in the communities they serve.”
Under the proposals, a new centre designed to tackle serious and organised crime will be created in Speke. The force also wants to carry out a £26m refurbishment of Canning Place “for essential repairs to be delivered.”
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