Carlisle city centre police station up for sale
Last updated at 15:55, Friday, 06 August 2010
The building that houses Carlisle city centre’s police station is finally being sold off – more than five years after the 2005 floods stopped it being placed on the market.
The Citadel Chambers is to go under the hammer with a guide price of £375,000 after its owner Cumbria County Council deemed it “surplus to requirements”.
The authority says it originally planned to sell the distinctive English Street building before the floods hit.
But it then became an emergency base for city police after their previous headquarters at Rickergate was wrecked.
Most of the officers it housed have moved to a new base at the Durranhill Industrial Estate. It is hoped the city centre squad, who still use it as a base, will move to the Civic Centre.
This relocation, however, has not been finalised and the council says police would have to discuss their future in the Citadel Chambers with any new landlord.
Police have stressed they do want to keep a “visible presence” in the city centre.
A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “The Citadel Chambers building is being sold because it is surplus to our requirements.
“Any new landlord would have discussions with Cumbria police about their future in the building.
“The building was due to be sold before the 2005 floods but when the police station was flooded it was important that we helped Cumbria police to maintain a central base. This sale will allow us to provide better access for the public and better value for money for Cumbrian tax payers.”
A police spokeswoman added: “The Citadel is a county council-owned building that Cumbria Constabulary is currently renting and it is in the process of being sold.
“Cumbria Constabulary is committed to maintaining a visible police presence in the city centre of Carlisle.
“To date, there are no concrete plans in place to relocate and we are still in discussions with Carlisle City Council regarding a move into the Civic Centre.”
The building will be sold by Pugh Auctions at Old Trafford in Manchester on September 2.
First published at 14:12, Friday, 06 August 2010
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk
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PORTOCABIN OFFICE. would be ideal.site it on the start of the pedestrian area at devonshire street end. ideal for botchergate/ centre of town.
Why don't the police utilise the lottery kiosk in The Lanes? They could share the facililites and not far to walk for the nearest convenience for comfort breaks.