Paving the way for £4.6m Penrith police centre

Date: Tuesday 1st May 2018
Cutting the first turf are Chief Constable Michelle Steer, police and crime commissioner Peter McCall and Eden District Council chairman Mary Robinson, with (far left) Justin Bibby, superintendent for North Cumbria, David Atkinson, managing director of Thomas Armstrong, and Inspector Gaynor Taylor.
Cutting the first turf are Chief Constable Michelle Steer, police and crime commissioner Peter McCall and Eden District Council chairman Mary Robinson, with (far left) Justin Bibby, superintendent for North Cumbria, David Atkinson, managing director of Thomas Armstrong, and Inspector Gaynor Taylor.

THE first sod was cut today to mark the start of work getting under way on a new £4.6 million police centre at Penrith.

Bulldozers are to demolish a dilapidated set of 1960s police houses at Carleton Avenue, next to Penrith community fire station, to create space for the new Eden Deployment Centre — complete with showpiece pond. The purpose-built new building will have protection including bollards and water defences. Its ground floor will be used as a base for operational police staff currently based at Hunter Lane police station, but will be capable of housing up to 100 officers and staff.

The first and second floors will provide hostel accommodation for 20 new trainees and delegates, and a training and conference centre for police officers and staff countywide.

Full story in Saturday's paper