MORE than three years after the force relocated to a brand new £9.2 million building, the old Grantham Police Station is going up for sale.
Stonebridge House, in Stonebridge Road, was the base for Lincolnshire Police’s south division for many years, until the force outgrew the building and associated nine houses.
Since the move to Swingbridge Road in 2007, the old site was mothballed and is used for specialist training.
A force spokesman said: “During this time progress has been made to obtain a change of use of the site, necessary to maximise the potential capital receipt. The proposal is to dispose of the whole site including all the buildings.”
The change of use is likely to be for housing.
Lincolnshire Police Authority, which owns all force assets, is expected to make millions of pounds from the sale, but none of this can be directly used to soften the blow of Coalition funding cuts.
A spokesman explained: “The force cannot use this to fund revenue expenditure directly but it can be used to finance other capital spending, thereby reducing the amount that the police authority would have to borrow externally to pay for that investment. This would reduce the overall revenue costs and thereby help to mitigate the cuts in funding.”
The police force’s main Government grant will be slashed by £3.6 million in the next financial year, losing 70 officers as a result. Further cuts will lead to the loss of a further 20 officers annually for the following three years.
A selling agent is expected to be appointed this week and a guide price for the properties established.
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