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Plans in for new multi-million pound police station for Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 19, 2014

Eastern Avenue fire station in Gloucester during demolition

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Grand ambitions for a new multi-million pound police station for Eastern Avenue have edged a step closer with plans now submitted to Gloucester City Council.

The former fire station on Eastern Avenue has been demolished, clearing the way for a new £3.4 million police station to be built in its place.

The building had become a target for vandals since it was vacated by Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in 2012.

Eastern Avenue fire station was considered no longer fit for purpose and has laid empty every since. It has been replaced in Gloucester by new stations at Cheltenham Road East, Churchdown and Shepherd Road, Tuffley.

City councillor Lise Noakes (Con, Barnwood), said: “To have a facility like this in the heart of the ward would be a big boost for the whole community. I have asked the question about its expense and if there really was a need to demolish the buildings. We have had assurances it will save money long term. Modern buildings are more economical to run and that will be the case here. Barnwood is not the city centre, but it is still a central location and it is very important to have a facility like this here.

“It will be excellent for the police and bring an extra sense of safety and reassurance for the community.

“It was a big loss to lose the fire service from Eastern Avenue, but we will be delighted to see it replaced by something of this stature.”

Gloucestershire Constabulary paid the county council £900,000 for the Eastern Avenue site, and has provisionally set aside £2.5million in an outline business case. It is hoped a new police hub will strengthen community links, and offer a prime location for officers to respond from a central location. Plans are also well under way for a 50-cell custody suite next to Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Waterwells headquarters at Waterwells, replacing outdated cells in Cheltenham, Bearland and Stroud. Money will be recouped by the sale of the force’s Lansdown Road, Cheltenham site. The latest application is expected to be discussed by councillors before February 5.

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  • johnstevens3  |  January 19 2014, 9:49PM

    People in Gloucester are very lucky, when Landsdown police station is closed to pay for Eastern Avenue Station, Cheltenham will have no Police Station except for a small Police Station in Hesters Way, the rest of the town will be done by Police cars who may get a rest room for a cup of tea. Still we can vote for a new commissioner in three years time, perhaps then we will get a better service if there's any money left.

  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 19 2014, 7:28PM

    RWT1203 - It's remote from the cross to Bearlands 4 mins walk to the proposed station 28 mins! Driving according to the highway code is 10mins so it's really local then!

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  • Walker100d  |  January 19 2014, 5:19PM

    On the site of the old prison we had the opportunity to address ALL the issues currently facing our justice and courts sector. Currently all parts of these services are scattered far and wide with no joined up system or thinking in place. We have courts that have no cells, probation offices in the land registry, CPS moving to Taunton, HMCTS in Southgate House, police moving to Eastern Avenue, and Cells down in Waterwells. If all of these resources were pooled we could have a state of the art court and justice structure in the middle of Gloucester city centre. No need for expensive transport of prisoners to and from cells to court or from police station to cells. All aspects all together on a single site that is already owned by the state. The Eastern Ave police site will cost at least £3.5 million. The cells will cost another £12.5 million. We are having to upgrade our court facilities to try and increase their lifespan costing even more. The rent of Southgate House, the Land Registry and Kimbrose Place can be saved. We can then sell off Gloucester magistrates court and why not bring in Gloucestershire Police Headquarters onto the site as well. The total savings would run into tens of millions each year.

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  • RWT1203  |  January 19 2014, 3:53PM

    Aletheia, perhaps you could enlighten us by letting us know what is remote about a Station on Eastern Avenue and how this will affect you? How often do you need to go to your local Police Station?

  • Aletheia  |  January 19 2014, 3:16PM

    Our police are getting more and more remote. No city centre police station, the station in Cheltenham is being sold off and we have a remote headquarters set on an industrial estate. If we ever wanted an example of an organisation in decline then look no further than the police. They will be the same ones that keep telling us how contact with the local community is so important.