Wednesday, 22 February 2012
"New Home For Some Of Our Criminals"
REVISED plans for a new £21m police station on Green Street roundabout would allow 150 new homes and a new car park to be built on the site of the current headquarters.
Ministers yesterday announced that they were backing a new five-storey station on the flat part of Green Street car park, and say they can fit the entire police force on the site.
That means that both the existing Summerland and Rouge Bouillon sites would be vacated – with Summerland earmarked for 120-150 category ‘A’ (affordable) homes and the Rouge Bouillon site potentially providing more homes or a car park.
Work on a new £21m headquarters for the States of Jersey Police in St Helier could begin by the end of the year, according to the States.
A study of the land around Green Street car park found it meets the needs of the force.
Architects will now begin designing the headquarters which officials expect to be completed by 2015.
The government has been looking for a new base for the force for more than a decade.
The police station will be built on land to the side of Green Street car park. This will see the number of available parking spaces drop by 91 to 517.
The States of Jersey Police, Ministers, architects and officers agreed it was the best site and want to have a planning application in by March.
Chief Police Officer Mike Bowron said: "We have worked closely with the project team throughout this process and I am delighted that progress is being made towards providing the service with purpose-built, new headquarters.
"This is a significant step towards providing the first ever purpose built police headquarters in Jersey, which will provide the kind of working environment that modern policing demands.
"I believe the presence of a new police headquarters will benefit the local area and I will personally commit to meeting with neighbours to explain the plans and discuss any concerns as part of the consultation process."