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Bid to find new use for old police station
10:00am Monday 3rd March 2014 in News
IDEAS have been put forward in an attempt to save Chipping Norton’s old police station.
Town councillors met to discuss how the historic building could be used in future after the police’s front counter services moved to the West Oxfordshire District Council’s Guildhall reception last month.
Thames Valley Police announced plans last July to sell the town’s Victorian station in London Road and move to a ‘more efficient’ building.
The move is part of a ‘force asset management programme’ which is intended to save £829,000.
Chaired by Chipping Norton mayor Mike Tysoe, suggestions put forward included using the building as a museum, town council offices, for the storage of road salt and quad bikes or a community area or cafe. Other ideas include the police hiring part of the building, a creche or a day care centre and leasing out the car parking spaces.
A structural survey will now be carried out and the council will seek advice from the Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils before deciding which ideas to pursue.
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