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City's fire station could provide a new home for Cambridge police

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Cambridge fire station is one of a number of locations being considered to accommodate a new city centre police station.

Plans are progressing to move the majority of the facilities at Parkside police station out of the city, and detailed proposals have been put forward for a new hub in Milton.

The police has said the facilities at Parkside police station are now outdated and a new station is needed, but the constabulary has committed to providing a new station in the city centre.

A report to the Cambridgeshire Fire Authority shows the police “have made a request that the [fire] service consider sharing its current site” just along the road in Parkside Place.

In a joint statement, the constabulary and acting police and crime commissioner Ray Bisby confirmed the fire station is one of a number of options being considered.

They said: “We have listened to the feedback from both the June 2019 survey and February 2020 consultation and understand that there is significant demand for there to be a police station in Cambridge city centre and we are committed to providing that.

“We are exploring a number of options for the new city centre station, including sharing facilities with other public sector partners, which we have a duty to do.

“Discussions are already under way on possible options – the facility at Cambridge fire station being an option.

“More information about the proposed location will be provided in due course.”

The former police and crime commissioner, Jason Ablewhite, said in July last year that he was exploring a number of different locations, including Cambridge City Council’s Mandela House.

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