Waterside custody suite approved by Policing Board

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A new police custody ‘super suite’ has been approved for the Waterside.

The project is part of the 2016 PSNI Estate Strategy agreed by the Policing Board today (Thursday).

The current police estate, which is owned by the Policing Board, is worth £445m and over the next three years, the PSNI will spend an estimated £90m on estate related works. Working within the current financial climate priority projects have been identified for progression. The strategy also identifies 12 stations which are already closed which the board has approved for disposal.

This process of disposal will result in around £1.5m capital sales receipts and around £600,000 savings per annum in running costs for the 12 stations.

Anne Connolly, Policing Board chair, said: “As the legal owner of the Police Estate, the board has carefully examined the plan prior to approval and welcomes the capital investment in new stations planned for Armagh, Cookstown and Ballymena, the redevelopment of facilities at the Police College in Garnerville and a new custody provision in Craigavon and Waterside.

“The disposal of 12 station sites which are currently sitting closed delivers welcome returns of about £1.5 million back into the pocket of the PSNI with a significant saving each year on running costs.”

Among the stations for disposal are Castlederg and Maghera.