25/05/2016

Further Step Forward for Community Safety Hub Plans

Plans to build a multi-million pound Community Safety Hub on land at Hemlington Grange in Middlesbrough have taken one step further with the signing of an agreement with Middlesbrough Council.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, Temporary Chief Constable Iain Spittal, Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd, and Chief Executive Mike Robinson have agreed and signed terms for the purchase of the land, which will house the 3600 sq ft policing base.

It is hoped that the build process will bring jobs to Middlesbrough and will increase investment into Hemlington and surrounding areas. The site at Hemlington is earmarked for wider investment by Middlesbrough Borough Council.

The Community Safety Hub will be an innovative, efficient, and technologically capable building, providing a work space for policing and community safety specialists.

It will be a base for decision-making during major incidents, and will house the epicentre of contact with the public – the police control room.

The site of the current Cleveland Police headquarters at Ladgate Lane has been sold to housing developer Persimmon, with funds being used for the Community Safety Hub in Hemlington.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I welcome this forward step in building the Community Safety Hub, which will be a major boost for the people of Hemlington and the wider Cleveland area.

“The Mayor and Chief Executive agree that the new building is a positive step and will complement their plans for the area and I look forward to working with them to complete the purchase of the land.

“We will be providing a cost-effective and viable base for policing in the future – with state-of-the-art technology to keep criminals at bay. We have budgeted for the building within our financial plan and I’m keen to stress that the frontline policing pot will not be affected by the build.

“We must invest in new technology and infrastructure to deliver modern and effective policing and the building will support our aims for further collaboration with agencies.”

Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd said: “With on-going pressure on budgets across the public sector, it’s more important than ever that we work together to minimise the impact on frontline services.

“The creation of a new headquarters for Cleveland Police is the latest phase in an on-going collaboration which recognises community safety as a key priority.

“The potential for this partnership is huge, and will ensure our resources are put to the best possible use over the coming years.”

The planning application for the new Community Safety Hub will be available in the next week.