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GVA appointed to sell former police headquarters in Stafford

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

By Gail Atkinson

GVA appointed to sell former police headquarters in Stafford
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POLICE and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis has appointed agents to sell the former police headquarters site.

Midlands’s property advisor GVA has been tasked disposing of the site.

The Cannock Road site has been empty since 2010 at a cost of nearly £3 million in rates, security and interest costs according to Mr Ellis.

The old police base was vacated after Staffordshire Police bought new headquarters in Weston Road, Stafford.

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Mr Ellis replaced the police authority in November 2012 andsays he has more than halved the previous bill of almost £1 million a year for the empty site by levelling it last year.

He said: “I am frustrated at the amount of money spent on maintaining an empty site which could’ve instead gone into frontline policing in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

“My decision to demolish the site instantly saved almost half a million pounds a year in tax-payers’ money and I’m determined to pay down the overall debt and release more money into local policing.

“We’ve now appointed GVA to take this forward so that very soon we should be in the position to advance the sale of the site and put millions of pounds back into policing resources.”

Andrew Moss, director at GVA, said: “The former police headquarters building is a prime site in a high quality location and we are naturally exceedingly pleased to have been appointed to advance the sale of this valuable asset.”

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  • unigrind  |  February 25 2014, 4:58PM

    As a resident of Wildwood, I like many others face constant delays getting off and onto the estate. The building of many more homes on the old police headquarters site will lead to even more problems for motorists getting onto the A34. Let us hope that the developers whoever they be, work closely with the County Highways Department to sort out a better road system at the top of Radford Bank than the one we have at present.

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