Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet is set to discuss the potential marketing of the Lutterell Hall site in West Bridgford.
This follows a decision taken by Nottinghamshire Police to vacate the neighbouring Police Station which also serves as the Council’s West Bridgford contact point.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Simon Robinson confirmed that the authority’s Cabinet will now discuss recommendations at its June 11th meeting, contained within a report to market the site, at the same time as the Police move.
He said: “The primary drivers for marketing the site are our understanding that Nottinghamshire Police will be vacating their existing Police Station in the town.
“It is important that we consider the implications and to market our own adjacent site at Lutterell Hall.
“The ongoing viability of the hall remains a considerable challenge and during these cost effective times it is vital we consider how we both protect the interests of the community whilst maximising our efficiency.
“I would like to reiterate that we are also working hard to find an alternative base for the Customer Contact Centre in the heart of West Bridgford once the Police Station is vacated, which is likely to be in 2020.
“We are in the process of contacting users of the hall and will continue to consult widely before making any further decisions.
“We know that a local playgroup and organisations use the facility and we are keen their views are heard, even currently, when we are only at the initial stages of reviewing the site.
“If the site is marketed, a further report and discussions of all its options will be made to a future meeting of the Cabinet.”
Nottingham Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “We’re continuing to explore all our estate options across the force as we seek to maintain and increase frontline officer numbers. No final decisions have yet been made, however, be very assured that I will always want to have an operational police station in West Bridgford.
“We want to ensure we are making the best use of all the buildings we occupy, maximising our efficiency and effectiveness while still allowing local policing to be delivered from the local area by local officers.
“With the rollout of mobile technology our building requirements continue to change. I often describe this as ‘less square feet, more on the beat’.
“As part of our continued commitment to collaboration we are discussing options with the fire service and local authorities to ensure we are providing the best possible service to the public while maximising our efficiency.”