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University of Bath to buy Bath police station for £6.3million

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Written by:   | Posted 11-September-2014 13:52

Bath police station is to be sold for £6.3million to the University of Bath, while Bath and North East Somerset Council has purchased adjoining land.

Contracts have been exchanged and the sale is due to be finalised at the end of next month.

The price of the deal was initially believed to be £7million, but the university has now confirmed that the cost will be £6.3million.

The council owns Manvers Street and has bought adjoining land, including some of the station’s parking spaces and access, which it has agreed to lease to the university.

Custody has already moved to the new centre at Keynsham.

More changes will result in a new enquiry office co-located with Bath and North East Somerset Council on Manvers Street, and a new base for response and neighbourhood teams positioned on the edge of the city centre.

Area commander and chief superintendent, Caroline Peters, said: “Co-locating our enquiry office, and hopefully the city centre team, with the council will bring police and council services together in one place, making it easier for the public.

“Discussions for a new base for our neighbourhood and response teams are progressing but we have a great deal of work to do to finalise future arrangements.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mounstevens said: “As with every police station sale we are always looking to get the best deal for local taxpayers.

“I have been clear that our estate plan is about allowing us to invest in people rather than continuing with under-utilised and over-sized police buildings.

“Through new initiatives like the co-location with the council the police will be even closer to local people in the city centre.”

The enquiry office is due to move by the end of the year, but will remain at the Bath station in the short-term.

Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to locate more of the university’s activities in the city and to make an important contribution to the continued regeneration of the area around Manvers Street.

“We expect to begin using the building in the coming months to provide a base from which we can further strengthen our partnerships within the community of Bath.”

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