POLICE are moving home to a multi-million pound council HQ which could be sold.
From next Monday (June 13) Bolsover officers will leave the town’s “cramped” police station to a rented wing of Bolsover District Council offices in Sherwood Lodge, on Oxcroft Lane, half a mile away.
Selling Sherwood Lodge and surrounding land is being considered by the council after businesses expressed interest in converting the site into a retail development – a move that has sparked much debate.
Insp Graham Lamin, in charge of Bolsover policing, said: “We had outgrown the old station and the move will improve the service we give.
“It will provide us with spacious accommodation, nearer the centre of the town, which will improve our working conditions and offer a better environment for members of the public who visit.
“At the moment 40 reactive constables and five sergeants work from cramped offices.
“When you take into account the number of detectives and Safer Neighbourhood Team members, there are 60 to 70 people who work from the station.
“This is a great example of partnership working and best use of resources and is one of the first co-locations of council and police in the county.
“It will take us a few days to complete the move but residents can rest assured there will be a continuing policing service throughout the transfer.”
The old police station on Lime Kiln Fields, built in 1936 as a police house and office, opened as a police station in 1992.
The police enquiry office will be open from 9.30am until 4pm during weekdays and 9am to 12.30pm on Saturdays.
A spokesman for Bolsover District Council said: “The police accommodation will be taken into account regarding any possible, future sale of Sherwood Lodge.”