Cambridge police’s proposed move to Milton - have your say on the plans
A consultation starts today (Wednesday) into proposals for a new police station on the outskirts of Milton.
The planned police hub would house many of the functions currently provided at Parkside police station in Cambridge. The city centre building is to be replaced as it is too small for the force, doesn’t meet modern standards and is costly to maintain.
The idea is to have a larger police facility out of the city, but retain a smaller police station in a central location - the possibility of sharing Cambridge Fire Station has been raised.
The latest consultation, which runs throughout July, will look at the Milton proposals for land next to the Park & Ride.
The benefits of the Milton hub, according to Cambridgeshire police, include:
Enhanced facilities enabling the constabulary to respond to, and investigate, complex crimes such as fraud and online investigations more effectively
Enhanced facilities allowing for the increased use of virtual courts which reduces the need for travel
Increase in cell provision from 12 to 24 to help meet future demand
The facilities and ability to better meet demand as population growth continues
Better road access, subject to less traffic, enabling officers to respond to calls for service more efficiently
Area commander superintendent James Sutherland said: “The proposed site at Milton has a number of benefits that will enable us to respond, and investigate complex crimes more effectively, it will increase cell provision, resulting in a more effective use of officer’s time and allowing us to respond to calls for service more efficiently.”
The consultation ends at 5pm on 31 July. Take part at cambspoliceconsultation.co.uk.
There will also be a virtual exhibition and a series of live web chats, which will be held on:
- Saturday, July 4, 10am-12pm
- Thursday, July 9, 5pm-7pm
- Wednesday, July 15, 12pm-2pm
- Tuesday, July 21, 5pm-7pm
- Saturday, July 25, 10am-12pm
- Thursday, July 30, 12pm-2pm