Joint base for police and fire

nrhn Butterley Derbishire Constabulary headquarters could be home to the fire service as well if ambitious plans come to fruition.

nrhn Butterley Derbishire Constabulary headquarters could be home to the fire service as well if ambitious plans come to fruition.

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£7million plans to locate police and fire services at the current constabulary headquarters in Ripley have been unveiled.

Both emergency organisations say they are currently housed in old, ‘fragmented’ buildings that are no longer cost efficient due to the cost of heating and lighting.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles, unveiling the plan, says two of the current buildings at police headquarters are more than 40-years-old and need replacing to ensure they are fit for ‘modern policing’.

He said: “The executive block and chamber are concrete buildings put up in the 50s or 60s.

“In parts of it there are bricks coming away, it won’t be long before some of it is in a dangerous situation.”

He said police would pay for their half of the new facilities from £2million of capital reserves and the projected sale of a patch of land the force owns at near to the Sainsbury’s superstore at Butterley.

He added the force would not need to borrow money for the build, adding that with fire sharing maintenance costs, new structures represent the most ‘cost-effective’ solution.

Deputy chief executive for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Joy Smith said the service would benefit from working closer to police.

She added: “The cost of our share of the new headquarters would be primarily met through the sale of our current HQ site ‘The Old Hall’, a 19th Century building which stands in substantial grounds in Littleover, Derby.”

Both organisations say plans are at a very early stage and no timescale has been set for the start of development.