Site for police custody suite is confirmed

THE city’s new police custody unit will be on the site of the old engine sheds close to the railway station, it has been confirmed.

The decision will be reported to Wiltshire Council’s Salisbury area board by Inspector Andy Noble tonight.

Following a feasibility study, architects have begun drawing up possible designs for the site, currently accessed from Cherry Orchard Lane.

Police are anxious to stress that there will be a full public consultation process before any planning application is submitted.

They say: “Current indicative timelines are working to the unit being built by the end of 2015.”

Decommissioning of the Wilton Road police station, which will become a university technical college – a specialist secondary school – is “on course”, according to Mr Noble’s report, with teams due to move out throughout June.

The front counter dealing with the public will go to the council offices in Bourne Hill, where neighbourhood police and detectives will also be based.

Emergency response cars will work from Amesbury. Once work on the new community campus at Five Rivers Leisure Centre is completed, neighbourhood and response teams will be based there.

A public meeting will be held at the City Hall on Monday, May 19 to tell people more about the arrangements.

It will be attended by the Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, below, as well as representatives of the Wiltshire force, the council and the university technical college.

Asked what will happen to the remainder of the engine sheds site, which the Salisbury Vision has in mind for rail commuter parking, a spokesman for the commiss i o n e r said that was “up to Wiltshire Council”.

* THE size of the bill for the new custody suite is not yet clear.

A spokesman for the Commissioner said: “Work is currently taking place on confirming the cost.”

The Wilton Road police station has been independently valued at £2million.

Wiltshire Council will pay this sum to the Commissioner on completion of contracts and the money will be used to fund the police station at Five Rivers and the custody suite.

Asked whether the Commissioner was confident this would be enough, the spokesman said: “If Wiltshire Police had decided to stay at Wilton Road, extensive work would have been required on the existing custody unit to meet Home Office guidelines.

“Funds had been set aside to finance this work. It is expected now that these funds and the capital receipt will be used to finance the new unit.”

Asked how much money had been set aside, to give an indication of the total cost of the new custody suite, the spokesman replied: “We do not have anything to add at this stage.”

The deal between police and council does not include the police houses which occupy 3.8 hectares to the rear of the site.

“No decision has been taken about that part of the site,” said the spokesman.

It would be “against the public interest” to disclose the valuation put on that land “because, should we decide to sell that part of the site rather than use it, we would be seeking offers”.

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10:47am Fri 16 May 14

vcg507 says...

I wonder if the ground contamination at the Railway sheds has been factored in? The UTC were going to build there at one point but discovered that the costs for cleaning the site were prohibitive. No wonder the anonymous spokesperson quoted in the article would not disclose the build cost. I imagine it's excessive and will expose the ludicrous plans of the PCC.
He represents the people of Salisbury and seems to forget that we have an absolute right to know how much he is spending. How long will he keep the costs secret? I hope someone asks him for a direct answer at the public meeting on the 19th so he can be held to account. I suspect he will say "The cost is yet to be confirmed" It really is shameful.
I wonder if the ground contamination at the Railway sheds has been factored in? The UTC were going to build there at one point but discovered that the costs for cleaning the site were prohibitive. No wonder the anonymous spokesperson quoted in the article would not disclose the build cost. I imagine it's excessive and will expose the ludicrous plans of the PCC. He represents the people of Salisbury and seems to forget that we have an absolute right to know how much he is spending. How long will he keep the costs secret? I hope someone asks him for a direct answer at the public meeting on the 19th so he can be held to account. I suspect he will say "The cost is yet to be confirmed" It really is shameful. vcg507
  • Score: 24

3:56pm Fri 16 May 14

Grampie says...

When was the police station valued at £2,000,000? It must have been back in the 60's.

This is a prime site, near the city center, not something in the middle of Salisbury Plain.

Might only be worth that in Melksham.

A property developer could put 60+ houses on that site, so it has to be worth more than that. If they factored in £50,000 per plot that would be £3,000,000.

I expect the custody suite will probably cost a lot more than the so called value of the old police station.
When was the police station valued at £2,000,000? It must have been back in the 60's. This is a prime site, near the city center, not something in the middle of Salisbury Plain. Might only be worth that in Melksham. A property developer could put 60+ houses on that site, so it has to be worth more than that. If they factored in £50,000 per plot that would be £3,000,000. I expect the custody suite will probably cost a lot more than the so called value of the old police station. Grampie
  • Score: 7

11:17pm Fri 16 May 14

IanMcL says...

Shambolic decision making by the police commissioner. At this late stage he should know the costs. How could he make a sensible decision otherwise?

That's the flaw when party voters vote in a less than adequate candidate to a job the people did not actually want.

The people were right not to want it or the incumbent!

Eight jpobs at this rate!
Shambolic decision making by the police commissioner. At this late stage he should know the costs. How could he make a sensible decision otherwise? That's the flaw when party voters vote in a less than adequate candidate to a job the people did not actually want. The people were right not to want it or the incumbent! Eight jpobs at this rate! IanMcL
  • Score: 13

1:55am Sat 17 May 14

karlmarx says...

Site Reference: 224
Site Name Engine Sheds site between Churchfields and Railway Line, Salisbury

Developability:
• Unusual elevated ground-levels (though the site itself is roughly level)
and the likelihood of remediation work being necessary to allow for
housing may prove difficult. Removal of any contaminated soil may
address both concerns simultaneously but is an expensive process and
soil may still need to be cleansed in accordance with relevant UK
legislation and/or EU directives.

In this episode of the keystone Cops the boys have been evicted from their police station by nine jobs and are desperately trying to find suitable premises and locations to be able to continue to serve and protect the community. This weeks episode sees the boys frantically digging away the contaminated soil and shipping it off to be decontaminated before they can even start building their new custody suite. In the meantime as a temporary measure the boys have placed bars over the windows of a nearby disused railway carriage, that should do the trick, cue the piano....
Site Reference: 224 Site Name Engine Sheds site between Churchfields and Railway Line, Salisbury Developability: • Unusual elevated ground-levels (though the site itself is roughly level) and the likelihood of remediation work being necessary to allow for housing may prove difficult. Removal of any contaminated soil may address both concerns simultaneously but is an expensive process and soil may still need to be cleansed in accordance with relevant UK legislation and/or EU directives. In this episode of the keystone Cops the boys have been evicted from their police station by nine jobs and are desperately trying to find suitable premises and locations to be able to continue to serve and protect the community. This weeks episode sees the boys frantically digging away the contaminated soil and shipping it off to be decontaminated before they can even start building their new custody suite. In the meantime as a temporary measure the boys have placed bars over the windows of a nearby disused railway carriage, that should do the trick, cue the piano.... karlmarx
  • Score: 13

2:55am Sat 17 May 14

karlmarx says...

Addendum to this weeks episode of the Keystone Cops

The boys discover that after clearing the site of contaminated soil and laying the foundations of their new custody suite that the site is in fact going to be the new coach park/bus station. Or was that last weeks episode?
Cue the Keystone cops chasing a Police charabanc along a dusty road to the sound of a piano...
Addendum to this weeks episode of the Keystone Cops The boys discover that after clearing the site of contaminated soil and laying the foundations of their new custody suite that the site is in fact going to be the new coach park/bus station. Or was that last weeks episode? Cue the Keystone cops chasing a Police charabanc along a dusty road to the sound of a piano... karlmarx
  • Score: 10

10:18am Sat 17 May 14

gingin says...

I also was under the impression this land was being highly considered for extra parking for rail users.

Considering the most stupid comment from a WC planning officer that long term parking in the city centre was being discouraged when the Maltings development happens and this land almost certainly fitted the bill to solve parking at the railway station then one has to ask where do things go from here?

It's time WC told the truth from the start and stopped trying to dupe the public. It's two ridiculous situations one the custody suit with an incompetent 9 jobs in charge and secondly the parking at the station and neither is being sorted with any proper thought.
I also was under the impression this land was being highly considered for extra parking for rail users. Considering the most stupid comment from a WC planning officer that long term parking in the city centre was being discouraged when the Maltings development happens and this land almost certainly fitted the bill to solve parking at the railway station then one has to ask where do things go from here? It's time WC told the truth from the start and stopped trying to dupe the public. It's two ridiculous situations one the custody suit with an incompetent 9 jobs in charge and secondly the parking at the station and neither is being sorted with any proper thought. gingin
  • Score: 13

8:30pm Sat 17 May 14

Schoolmum999 says...

There's lots of empty land on the Salisbury district hospital site. Could this not be a good location for the custody suite? This land already owned by the public, its not far from the city centre, there are excellent medical services near by...the engine shed site could then be used for rail passengers!
There's lots of empty land on the Salisbury district hospital site. Could this not be a good location for the custody suite? This land already owned by the public, its not far from the city centre, there are excellent medical services near by...the engine shed site could then be used for rail passengers! Schoolmum999
  • Score: 11

6:08am Sun 18 May 14

karlmarx says...

gingin wrote:
I also was under the impression this land was being highly considered for extra parking for rail users.

Considering the most stupid comment from a WC planning officer that long term parking in the city centre was being discouraged when the Maltings development happens and this land almost certainly fitted the bill to solve parking at the railway station then one has to ask where do things go from here?

It's time WC told the truth from the start and stopped trying to dupe the public. It's two ridiculous situations one the custody suit with an incompetent 9 jobs in charge and secondly the parking at the station and neither is being sorted with any proper thought.
It was noted before gingin that this area of land has been earmarked for virtually everything in Salisbury. Logically your point regarding long term parking spaces makes perfect sense. If you take long term parking away from the city centre because commuters are using it then makes sense to put long term parking spaces near where the commuters commute from, the train station. Joined up thinking versus knee jerk panic, knee jerk panic always wins because someone's mistakes need to be smoothed over.
[quote][p][bold]gingin[/bold] wrote: I also was under the impression this land was being highly considered for extra parking for rail users. Considering the most stupid comment from a WC planning officer that long term parking in the city centre was being discouraged when the Maltings development happens and this land almost certainly fitted the bill to solve parking at the railway station then one has to ask where do things go from here? It's time WC told the truth from the start and stopped trying to dupe the public. It's two ridiculous situations one the custody suit with an incompetent 9 jobs in charge and secondly the parking at the station and neither is being sorted with any proper thought.[/p][/quote]It was noted before gingin that this area of land has been earmarked for virtually everything in Salisbury. Logically your point regarding long term parking spaces makes perfect sense. If you take long term parking away from the city centre because commuters are using it then makes sense to put long term parking spaces near where the commuters commute from, the train station. Joined up thinking versus knee jerk panic, knee jerk panic always wins because someone's mistakes need to be smoothed over. karlmarx
  • Score: 8

9:37pm Wed 21 May 14

FreeBornJohn says...

The cost of new custody on that site will be circa £20m and as others have said, that does not include any money for cleaning the contaminated land.

This is an absolute scandal, £20m would have paid for 200 new Police Officers.
The cost of new custody on that site will be circa £20m and as others have said, that does not include any money for cleaning the contaminated land. This is an absolute scandal, £20m would have paid for 200 new Police Officers. FreeBornJohn
  • Score: 2

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