Council to buy old police station
A COUNCIL is set to buy a disused police station for £165,000 and give it a new lease of life.
The building, in Toton Lane, Stapleford, was put on the market in June and Broxtowe Borough Council will approve plans to buy the freehold on Tuesday.
The station has been empty since March and police have now moved into the nearby Meeting Place, in Nottingham Road.
The building has been earmarked for a number of potential uses including affordable housing, a community contact point or a council neighbourhood office.
Sandra Hart, a resident of Warren Avenue, said:
“It is a good thing that they are going to put the building to good use, although it is a shame we do not have a police station anymore.
“I don’t think that housing would be very good because it is in a busy spot.
“Cash offices would also be a bad idea because we already have them in the nearby council offices.
“I would like to see it used as a community centre where clubs could meet.”It shouldn’t just be used for the sake of it or to close other facilities”
Notts Police invited offers in excess of £180,000 for the building. However, the council’s bid of £165,000 was accepted on Monday, August 19.
Co-founder, Jenny Salt, of the Meeting Place, Nottingham Road, Stapleford, said:
“The area does need to be made more welcoming because it is the first thing you see when you come into the town.
“It is a great idea to use it and not let it stand empty, but we don’t need another community centre in this area.
“The best use would be for offices and maybe the council can look into buying some of the empty shop units in the town.”
Stapleford Town Council wants to hear ideas from the public about potential uses for the building.Council leader Jacky William said:
“I think what we need to do is talk to the people and see what they want.
“It is in an ideal location and we are in need of social housing, but there are other opportunities that need to be explored.
“The reality is that the town is getting bigger and more facilities are needed.
“This is not just about that building it is about the development of the whole town.”
Councillor Milan Radulovic, leader of Broxtowe Borough Council said:
“We are looking at this site as part of the larger regeneration of Stapleford.
“The building is at the gateway to the town and the council already owns a number of other buildings in the area.
“We are looking at the community and what facilities we can bring to the town.
“The project would bring a hub to the town which could include a number of services.
“This is the time to invest in our community and that is exactly what we are doing.”
The council’s cabinet will meet next Tuesday at Beeston Town Hall, Foster Avenue, Beeston, and is expected to set up a group to look at the options for developing the site after the go ahead is given.