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way for a 50-cell custody suite next to Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Waterwells headquarters at Waterwells, replacing outdated cells in Cheltenham, Bearland and Stroud.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.