08:45AM, Friday 05 February 2016
Plans to house a police station in a council office in Windsor have been dubbed a ‘triple win’ as the project moves a step nearer to becoming a reality.
The Royal Borough is in the process of drawing up a planning application for the redevelopment of its York House office in Sheet Street.
The proposal will be for Thames Valley Police to occupy part of the building once it vacates its Alma Road site.
At a cabinet meeting on Thursday, January 28, councillors unanimously agreed that plans should be drawn up and brought back to cabinet before they are submitted.
Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside) said: “This is very exciting. It is the way to optimise the council offices in Windsor.
“They [TVP] will pay for the cost of construction of their facility and will also make a contribution for our building.
“We are also in discussion with the Crown Estate about expanding the car park out the back of the site from 70 to 100 spaces which will be available at the weekend.
“We have potential for a real triple win here.”
Councillors said the potential for a front counter at the Sheet Street site would offer a real benefit to its residents – although this has yet to be confirmed.
Windsor is set to lose its front counter service in Alma Road as part of money-saving measures being brought in by TVP in April.
Speaking after the meeting, leader of the council, Cllr David Burbage (Con, Bray) said: “We are not particularly keen on having police on site if it’s just for office space.
“Sheet Street is better for the public as it is arguably closer to the town centre.”
A spokesman for TVP said: “We continue to review our options with regards a suitable police facility in Windsor.”
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