South Yorkshire police chief wants to share buildings to save cash

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings

Police officers and fire stations may share more stations as South Yorkshire’s emergency services try to save cash.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Maltby fire station is to close, with firefighters moving into the nearby police station.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings said he ‘welcomed’ the move and was a supporter of ‘co-location projects’.

He said: “I very much welcome the announcement that South Yorkshire has been successful in securing funding to ensure that this project will take place. This is exactly the type of initiative that will help drive down the cost of buildings.

“It will also facilitate communication and joint working between agencies to ensure a co-ordinated approach to public service delivery, resulting in an improved service to the public.

“I’m keen to see more innovation in terms of co-location projects with partner agencies which bring financial efficiencies at the same time as service improvements.”

Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt, who awarded funding to modify Maltby police station to accommodate firefighters and vehicles, said: “One of the things that I found encouraging was the high number of bids looking to promote greater collaboration with other emergency services through sharing stations and services, sharing of back office functions, and joining up on service delivery.

“This is exactly the sort of innovation that is needed across the public sector and I look forward to seeing how these projects progress.”

Work to upgrade the police station is to begin early next year.