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Aldershot police station sell-off 'likely to happen'

The site in Wellington Avenue is currently only 30% occupied and Hampshire Constabulary needs to make multi-million pound savings

Aldershot police station could be sold off as part of an ongoing review by Hampshire Constabulary into its buildings.

As part of the Estates Review, announced by Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes in May, the force will dispose of a number of its smaller police stations, and it is thought the site in Wellington Avenue could now be one of those deemed surplus to requirements.

Rushmoor Borough Council chief executive Andrew Lloyd said the loss of the station, currently only around 30% occupied, was a likely scenario.

He said: “It is fair to say they have reviewed the estate and will be looking at it in the context of their structure.

“It is likely to become surplus at some stage.”

A spokesman for the force said "space sharing" arrangements were being discussed as part of the review, and that a report was due "imminently".

He added: “We are speaking to a number of partners about space sharing but no firm decisions have been made yet.”

The potential sale of the building could also have implications for the neighbouring magistrates’ court.

Mr Lloyd said the two old buildings worked hand in hand and that any move by the police station could potentially result in the court following.

The potential to redevelop the whole site, which neighbours the Princes Hall, may also prove attractive.

Any relocation of either building would be subject to the rehousing of Aldershot's safer neighbourhood officers within the town. Locations such as schools or fire stations have been used elsewhere in the county.

Farnborough’s safer neighbourhood officers have been located in the borough council offices since last August after the town’s Pinehurst Avenue station was closed.

While an aim of Hampshire Constabulary’s review is to keep neighbourhood officers at the "heart of the community", the space sharing opportunities could result in Rushmoor being served by a single police station.

The estates review is part of Hampshire Constabulary’s efforts to trim £54m from its budget.

This is likely to involve the force relocating its headquarters in Winchester. Alpha Park, near Eastleigh, was purchased for £9.6m in 2008 and was expected to be the new home, however it was confirmed in January that it had been sold at a loss after Mr Hayes ordered a rethink.

 

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