The Policing Board has approved the 2016 PSNI Estate Strategy which outlines PSNI plans for major and minor works, custody provision and proposed station disposals up until 2019.
The current police Estate, which is owned by the Policing Board, is worth £445m and over the next 3 years, the PSNI will spend an estimated £90m on estate related works. Working within the current financial climate priority projects have been identified for progression. The Strategy also identifies 12 stations which are already closed which the Board has approved for disposal. This process of disposal will result in around £1.5m capital sales receipts and around £600,000 savings per annum in running costs for the 12 stations.
Speaking about the importance of the Police Estate, Policing Board Chair Anne Connolly said: “Whilst policing is not about bricks and mortar, an effective police service must have the necessary range of buildings to support its work. Part of our role is to ensure that the PSNI operate efficiently so we need to be satisfied that the plans for the current estate and future investment in it meet policing need and demand.
As the legal owner of the Police Estate, the Board has carefully examined the Plan prior to approval and welcomes the capital investment in new stations planned for Armagh, Cookstown and Ballymena, the redevelopment of facilities at the Police College in Garnerville and a new Custody provision in Craigavon and Waterside.
The disposal of 12 station sites which are currently sitting closed delivers welcome returns of about £1.5 million back into the pocket of the PSNI with a significant saving each year on running costs.”
For any further information please contact the Policing Board Communications Office on 028 9040 8541
Notes to Editors
- The Policing Board is the legal owner of the Police Estate and is responsible for approving all acquisitions and disposals relating to the Police Estate.
- The Policing Board will monitor the implementation of the 2016 PSNI Estate Strategy formally every 6 months through the Resources Committee.
- The 12 stations agreed for disposal are: Aughnacloy, Ballyclare, Ballynahinch, Castlederg, Cushendall, Maghera, Moira, Portaferry, Tandragee, Warrenpoint, Willowfield and York Road.
- View the 2016-2019 Estate Strategy here.
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