Residents' views sought on new location for Widnes police station

John Dwyer in Widnes

John Dwyer in Widnes

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PLANS to move Widnes police station to Halton Stadium have been shelved after an alternative location has been found.

Cheshire Police is now considering relocating to John Briggs House in Gerrard Street, which is closer to the town centre.

The Constabulary is seeking views from residents about this proposal. 

The existing police station in Kingsway is increasingly run-down. It would cost around £2 million to renovate the building to a modern standard. Currently, the Constabulary cannot afford this sum.

A recent root and branch review of policing undertaken by Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer found that the police station was too large for the Widnes neighbourhood team and many parts of it were unoccupied. It also lacked modern facilities.

The large site has potential to be redeveloped and provide important regeneration space for the town.

With these factors in mind, working closely with Halton Council, the Constabulary started to look for alternative premises near the town centre.

Police say John Briggs House site has advantages because it is within five minutes walk of the old station, but closer to the town centre and bus routes.

It has parking for visitors and personnel, and can provide access to the technology needed in modern-day policing.

Front-desk opening hours and services to the public would not be affected by the relocation.

The survey closes on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

Results will be reported to the Police and Crime Commissioner shortly after and feedback from the survey will be published on the Support Cheshire Police website the same day.

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If the proposals are supported, the Constabulary would look to relocate within six months.

The survey can be completed online at supportcheshirepolice.com.

Printed copies are also available from Widnes police station.

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12:42pm Mon 8 Sep 14

IanCartwright says...

I was absolutely livid when I read about the police deciding against moving into the stadium social club.I remember when it was a vibrant hub of the community with bingo and darts nights before the stadium management decided the way forward was corporate hospitality.They stopped putting on events and the punters dwindled and their answer was to put the prices up to offset the shortfall which obviously led to even fewer people through the doors.So in their infinite wisdom,instead of making the social work again for the ordinary people they decided to shut up shop and get the lodgers in,turn the cafe into a wine bar and bistro and after goodness knows how much tax payers money in the planning and making were jilted in the final hour.I remember reading that the stadium was losing before all this happened so I dread to think of how much it is eating into the council budget and the impact it will have on the services the tax payers of Halton really want and need.I just hope that in the run up to the election that the councillors are taking note of it all.
I was absolutely livid when I read about the police deciding against moving into the stadium social club.I remember when it was a vibrant hub of the community with bingo and darts nights before the stadium management decided the way forward was corporate hospitality.They stopped putting on events and the punters dwindled and their answer was to put the prices up to offset the shortfall which obviously led to even fewer people through the doors.So in their infinite wisdom,instead of making the social work again for the ordinary people they decided to shut up shop and get the lodgers in,turn the cafe into a wine bar and bistro and after goodness knows how much tax payers money in the planning and making were jilted in the final hour.I remember reading that the stadium was losing before all this happened so I dread to think of how much it is eating into the council budget and the impact it will have on the services the tax payers of Halton really want and need.I just hope that in the run up to the election that the councillors are taking note of it all. IanCartwright
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