Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster has announced plans to develop a new policing base to serve the communities of Clay Cross.
The Commissioner has agreed to acquire a site in Bridge Street, Clay Cross, for the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT). The site previously accommodated a council depot and has been cleared for redevelopment.
The land is owned by North East Derbyshire District Council and negotiations have been underway to agree a conditional contract for the site with a view to obtaining planning consent for the facility.
The new SNT base, which is subject to planning approval, will replace the town’s existing Police Station in Pilsley Road which is in a poor condition and has become unfit for purpose.
Commissioner Angelique Foster is committed to investing in critical policing infrastructure to ensure Derbyshire’s police officers remain agile to demand and have optimum resources and facilities to deliver a sustainable, efficient and effective service to the public.
Commissioner Angelique Foster said: “I know that these plans will be welcomed by our communities in Clay Cross, they fulfil my commitment to delivering strong and visible policing in the heart of the town.
“Following discussions with the Chief Constable, we found that the Clay Cross Police Station is in poor condition and no longer suitable for its operational purpose. We are both keen to retain a strong local police presence in the Clay Cross area as the operational business case show that there is a clear need. To rebuild on the existing site would be expensive.
“Developing a purpose-built facility on a new site is by far the most economical solution and will eliminate unnecessary relocation and rental costs while demolition and building work takes place.
“I am grateful to our partners, North East Derbyshire District Council, for their support in reaching this agreement. It is important to both organisations that our communities are served by police officers who are not only accessible to residents but able to operate effectively and efficiently to tackle their priorities. It marks a significant investment in policing for Clay Cross and demonstrates my commitment to funding facilities that are fit for purpose and operationally viable long term and providing our police force with equipment and technology that keep our officers and communities safe.”
Alex Dale, Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, said: “The Commissioner’s plans will ensure that the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) maintains a strong and visible presence in the heart of Clay Cross in the long-term.
“This project contributes to our wider town centre regeneration plans and supports our strategy to build a clean energy future for Clay Cross and reduce the town’s carbon footprint.
“We are delighted the Commissioner is committed to investing in and improving policing in the town. A new police station in Clay Cross will provide valuable reassurance to our communities whilst also supporting our efforts to make the town a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
The SNT will remain in the existing premises while the new building is developed.