Widnes Police Station could soon be on the move

Runcorn and Widnes World: The old Widnes Police Station The old Widnes Police Station

PLANS to move Widnes Police Station have been approved by Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

John Dwyer says a help desk will be available at the proposed new location inside the Select Stadium in Lower House Lane.

Cheshire Police says the current building in Kingsway is too costly to refurbish and too big.

Area Commander, chief superintendent Sarah Boycott said: "The station and the adjacent derelict court were too large for our needs and not fit for purpose. Renovating the premises would have cost in the region of £1.9 million."

In a survey, 74 per cent of residents supported the move and said the new location was accessible.

People suggested a public contact point in the shopping centre would be a good idea.

John Dwyer said: "I am very grateful to the people who gave us their views. Overwhelmingly, people saw the sense of what was proposed.

“Policing will remain very close to the town centre, with officers working from a genuine community facility. Operational policing will be better supported by more modern facilities within the new station. All at an affordable cost. These are precisely the outcomes I set out to achieve when I asked for a root and branch review of the police estate.

"An additional benefit for the town will be the freeing up of the current site for development. And we will of course now be following-up the survey results by installing a state of the art public contact point within the town centre, as people have said they would welcome that."

If Halton Council approves the plans, the station could move before the end of the year.

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1:39pm Wed 9 Apr 14

IanCartwright says...

I only found out very recently that the Select Stadium is actually owned by the Council and I reckon it would be safe to say the majority of Halton residents wouldn't know either.On the Select Stadium facebook page there's no reference to the Council at all.I read a recent article that the Stadium is operating at a huge loss to the taxpayers of this Borough and the Councils answer is propping it up by getting in lodgers and having the Police move in.We already subsidise the Police through taxes so why are we expected to subsidise them again by providing cheap accomodation in the Stadium?The Vikings are crying out for revenue so they can be serious competition with the rest of the Super League but they only raise money from the turnstyles and merchandise.If they took over the Stadium they would get the money from hospitality and we would all save by not having our cash squandered on a loosing Council asset most of us don't even know we own.
I only found out very recently that the Select Stadium is actually owned by the Council and I reckon it would be safe to say the majority of Halton residents wouldn't know either.On the Select Stadium facebook page there's no reference to the Council at all.I read a recent article that the Stadium is operating at a huge loss to the taxpayers of this Borough and the Councils answer is propping it up by getting in lodgers and having the Police move in.We already subsidise the Police through taxes so why are we expected to subsidise them again by providing cheap accomodation in the Stadium?The Vikings are crying out for revenue so they can be serious competition with the rest of the Super League but they only raise money from the turnstyles and merchandise.If they took over the Stadium they would get the money from hospitality and we would all save by not having our cash squandered on a loosing Council asset most of us don't even know we own. IanCartwright
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10:55pm Wed 9 Apr 14

robertrich1976 says...

asda offered to build them a new police station free of charge because asda wanted that land the old station is when the asda was getting built but they would not move then when they could of had it built for free the new police station
asda offered to build them a new police station free of charge because asda wanted that land the old station is when the asda was getting built but they would not move then when they could of had it built for free the new police station robertrich1976
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4:11pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Mrs Jaqui McFerran says...

I have heard that the police will have a compound behind the east stand and will come and go via Naughton road.I wonder if anyone involved in the thought process has ever seen the traffic congestion around Cameron road on matchdays that is mostly caused by visiting fans driving around looking for somewhere to park.I worry at the thought of the police responding to an emergency and having to negotiate the nightmare traffic they are going to encounter along that exit.I realise the old police station is falling to bits but I don't think the stadium is a practical alternative at all.
I have heard that the police will have a compound behind the east stand and will come and go via Naughton road.I wonder if anyone involved in the thought process has ever seen the traffic congestion around Cameron road on matchdays that is mostly caused by visiting fans driving around looking for somewhere to park.I worry at the thought of the police responding to an emergency and having to negotiate the nightmare traffic they are going to encounter along that exit.I realise the old police station is falling to bits but I don't think the stadium is a practical alternative at all. Mrs Jaqui McFerran
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