Police set for town switch

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FILEY Police Station is set to be relocated in a huge cost-cutting move.

The station on Murray Street will be shifted just a few hundred yards to the Evron Centre, in John Street.

The move will come into effect if plans, which are in their latter stages, are approved by Scarborough Council.

If the proposals get the go-ahead, the station would take a nine-year lease at the centre, and the force will be based on the building’s first floor.

The move would save Filey Police approximately £13,000 a year with police officials confirming the station would be put up for sale.

A date in December has been pencilled in for the force to begin moving out of their current base.

However, a spokesperson for Filey Police confirmed that the force wouldn’t be moving to the centre permanently until the move has been rubber-stamped and the station has been sold.

A final decision is expected within the next few weeks and the matter will be discussed at a Scarborough Council meeting on Monday.

However, although it has yet to be officially confirmed, Evron Centre manager Phil Armitage said talks had taken place between centre management and the police, and that developments were at an advanced stage.

Mr Armitage believes if the move does go ahead, it will be mutually beneficial.

He added: “It will probably boost the profile of the centre as it will increase footfall, and it will help showcase some of the courses and shows.”

Cllr David Jeffels, cabinet member for Tourism and Culture, said: “The police had shown interest in utilising the accommodation and in the spirit of authorities working together in the interests of our communities and saving money at the same time, it made good sense for them to move into the Evron Centre.

“It is a well-known building and in the heart of the town.

“It will ensure there is a police presence in Filey at an easily found location.”

He added Helmsley Police had recently vacated their long established headquarters and moved to the National Park headquarters.

Cllr Jeffels added: “That move has proved a success and I’m sure the Evron Centre will be equally successful.”

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Plans are being developed to establish a new base for the Filey Safer Neighbourhood Team. This is part of North Yorkshire Police’s wider Estates Transformation Programme aimed to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of police buildings, explore alternatives and ultimately improve access for members of the community.

“We are currently in discussions and considering options around a potential alternative site in Filey, and further information about the plans at Filey will be made available to the public in due course.

“At this stage, it is still too early to go into detail about the new base and what will happen to the existing Filey Police Station site.”