Cleethorpes police station hits the commercial property market

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 3 May 2019

Cleethorpes police station has been put on the market as police officers pack their bags to go to their new home at The Knoll.

The Chief Constable of Humberside Police, Lee Freeman told the Grimsby Telegraph that the move will make policing of the resort more efficient and give officers a more central base from which to work.

Mr Freeman said: “Selling Cleethorpes police station is saving money and preserving jobs. It shows we are improving our effectiveness and saving money and the costs such as lighting and rates. There are no plans to move from Grimsby’s Victoria Street police station. It is full to capacity with all our new officers.”  

Humberside Police has negotiated a 20-year lease with North East Lincolnshire Council for the annexe of The Knoll, where the beat managers and PCSOs will be based in the next few weeks.

The major incident team, who had previously worked from the Princes Road station moved to the new £14 million Birchin Way custody suite, and police offices at the start of this year, leaving the Cleethorpes station almost empty apart from the neighbourhood policing team.

This is the third police station sold off by Humberside Police in the Grimsby area in the past 12 months. Immingham Police Station was put on the market last year.

Read more: Two of North East Lincolnshire's police stations go on the market

The Immingham station has been empty for two years after officers moved to the hub in town’s The Civic Centre. It is still on the market for sale at £175,000.  

Laceby Road Police station - opened by former Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell 10 years ago - has also been on the market and a sale has been provisionally agreed and is awaiting completion. This station has not been used as an operational base for Neighbourhood Policing since early 2016, before Keith Hunter was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside, Keith Hunter said: “The priority for our communities is officers on the beat and on patrol. Since I was elected in 2016 I have insisted that no existing police operational base would close without being replaced in the same locality, in some areas of the force mothballed buildings have been reoccupied, which was something both the Chief Constable and I were keen to see happen.

“In Immingham and Cleethorpes the buildings were outdated and no longer suitable for modern policing and the neighbourhood policing teams are still based in the same towns, enabling us to make a financial saving which can be reinvested in a more modern estate that better serves the public, making better use of public money. The move to the Immingham Hub, working alongside partner agencies, has proved very popular with the public and I would expect there to be a similar reaction in Cleethorpes.”

South Bank Commander, Chief Superintendent Darren Downs said: “By moving our neighbourhood team into The Knoll they are right in the heart of the resort and perfectly situated to provide the best possible service to residents, businesses and visitors.”

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