Police in Eastleigh HQ sell off

alpha park

Plans to move Hampshire Police HQ from Winchester to a trading estate in Chandlers Ford seem to have finally been ruled out as the police authority prepares to announce proposals which will see the earmarked Alpha Park site either wholly or partly sold off.

Alpha Park was bought by the authority in July 2007 for nearly £10 million and was set to bring 500 jobs to Eastleigh.

However next Monday, June 23, the Police Authority will meet to consider proposed changes to Hampshire Constabulary’s existing estate in order to save £50 million pounds by 2015.

Last year the Chief Constable Alex Marshall warned that if all of the £70 million worth of cuts were taken from the staff budget it would result in a 25% reduction in police officers and PCSOs

The most likely proposal to be adopted would see the front part of the former warehouse and office block sold off for £3 million and the remainder developed at the cost of a further £7 million.

alpha park

Hampshire police proposed HQ spotted through the undergrowth

The multimillion pound white elephant has stood derelict for the last four years becoming overgrown and falling prey to vandals while front line staff have faced cuts to jobs and hours due to lack of funding.

It is planned that the force HQ on Romsey Road in Winchester will now remain in use.

The plan had been for the HQ building to be sold for development in order to offset the purchase of the Alpha Park site on Electron Way.

The part of the site which the Police authority will retain will house vehicle workshops, the central archive, uniform stores, an enquiry centre and the driver training school.

Across the county there will be closures of police stations although in the Eastleigh area Hedge End and Bitterne will remain open, Twyford will move to a new location and Eastleigh will close temporarily while the site is redeveloped.

It is planned to retain the frontage of the 90 year old building but to extend and improve the rear.

Land to the side and rear of the Leigh Road site will be sold off for housing.

Eastleigh Police station

Eastleigh police station

Although the station will be closed to the public during the work, local policing will continue to operate from porta cabins

A change in custody arrangement is also on the table.

In future villains will be banged up in one of just four custody suites – yet to be built at a cost of £30 million – located at Hook, Fareham, Winchester and Newport

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Marsh said:

“The proposed changes won’t happen overnight – they will take place over a number of years, and Hampshire Constabulary’s commitment to an active presence in every neighbourhood is strong.”

Yesterday, Hampshire Constabulary also announced plans to merge its traffic police with neighbouring Thames Valley Police.

The move would see up to 82 front-line officer posts axed in a £20 million pound saving.

The force has said it intends to train community volunteers in the use speed guns.

  5 comments for “Police in Eastleigh HQ sell off

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    June 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Fancy a spot of ‘community volunteering’ then Matthew?
    You cover Twyford road incoming with one speed gun and I’ll take Southampton Road.
    We’ll soon slow the buggers down!
    I wonder if we can earn a commission?

  2. Tom Lockhart
    June 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

    How can the members of the Police Authority spend £10 million on a buidling, mothball it for 4 years then sell part of it (the greater part) for just £3 million and still keep their seats on the authority?
    This is at the same time as axing police jobs, overtime etc??
    Is this fiasco not subject to any kind of review or censure?
    Heads should roll!

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    June 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

    How can the members of the Police Authority spend £10 million on a buidling, mothball it for 4 years then sell part of it (the greater part) for just £3 million and still keep their seats on the authority?
    This is at the same time as axing police jobs, overtime etc??
    Is this fiasco not subject to any kind of review or censure?
    Heads should roll!

    The purchase of Alpha park was at the height of the boom – it was supposed to be self financed by the sale and development of the old HQ.
    Since then the force has been ‘double whammied’ by a cut in funding and collapse in the property market and found themselves lumbered with two HQ – well three actually when you consider the £30 million just spent on the new Southampton HQ – which is not quite big enough to take the re location of Winchester HQ.
    The opportunity to build one central HQ at Southampton was lost.
    Still they are not the only local authority to
    try and ride property boom.
    Read councillor Olson’s recent warning to council:
    http://www.eastleighnews.org.uk/news/2011/03/02/olson-warns-on-council-borrowing/

  4. June 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    The custody area and cells at Eastleigh were closed a few months ago and now all customers are taken to Southampton. The cells at Eastleigh are being used for storage and the Station is no more than a reporting place for people on bail conditions. While the station will closed for a tarting up, it will not be used for detention again.

    I shall miss my visits to the cells in Eastleigh. Many a good evening spent having the crap beatten out of me by the custody staff..

    O Happy Days..

  5. Nab1
    June 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    People who speed are selfish and have no concern for the safety of other road users.

    The courts should make an example of them.

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