BUCKINGHAM’S policing team are to move to a new base next year, on Buckingham Industrial Park, a mile and a half away.
Local police area commander for Aylesbury Vale, Supt George Wrigley, said the current Grade II-listed police station on Moreton Road is not fit for purpose.
He said: “Buckingham Police Station, was built in 1892 with extensions added later. The accommodation is not designed to meet the needs of a modern police force. The building is expensive to run and needs substantial refurbishment.
“We decided to investigate options for relocating our operational staff to a more suitable facility, preferably nearer to main roads. Our property services team have identified a unit in the Swan Business Centre, and we have now submitted a planning application to convert it into a modern policing base.”
He said the new station would be five minutes’ drive from the old one with direct access from the A421 Buckingham bypass.
“Better vehicle access will mean faster response times by our officers, and the new base will provide a more efficient, cost-effective working environment,” he said.
The new police base will house five teams of response officers, working shifts to provide 24-hour cover, plus the neighbourhood policing team and special constables.
Supt Wrigley said: “I would like to reassure Buckingham residents that there will be no reduction in the level of policing as a result of the move. Our emergency response officers will remain on patrol 24-hours a day across the area and the neighbourhood team will continue to operate as normal.
“Police staff will continue to provide a front counter service from Buckingham Police Office in the Old Gaol, Market Hill.”
Insp Emma Garside is working with the architects to make sure the new layout meets the team’s needs.
Building work is due to begin at the end of February, and the new building should be ready by October. The old police station in Moreton Road will go on sale next year.