The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, has received change of use consent to use Corner House, George Street Car Park, Marlborough to replace the town’s existing police station. On Monday 8 July 2019, work will begin to renovate the property ahead of officers and staff from the Wiltshire East Community Policing Team using the facility as a ‘touch down point’ from late-September this year.
Under the Commissioner’s Estates strategy, the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police was asked what his operational policing needs were. The current Marlborough station was regarded as no longer meeting the operational needs of the Force.
The vast bulk of the site is used for specialist services which will move to Gablecross in Swindon and the specialist teams affected have been consulted in advance of any decision that has been made.
Mr Macpherson said, “The Corner House is an accessible, central location and will be used as a touchdown point by police officers and PCSOs from the Wiltshire East Community Policing Team whilst patrolling in and around the town.”
A touchdown point will provide 24-hour access welfare facilities – toilet and kitchen, plus rest area. The Corner House will accommodate an interview room, part-time front counter service and officers and staff will also have access to the building’s WiFi service.
Mr Macpherson said: “I am seeking to reduce the cost of the Wiltshire Police estate by 20 per cent by 2021.
“I’ve calculated that the move to the Corner House would save the Force £60,000 a year, the equivalent of two police officers.
“It is important to emphasise that, there will be no change in the service that the people of Marlborough receive from the Force. It will be business as usual.”
Wiltshire East Acting Inspector Peter Foster said: “Under our Community Policing model, officers and staff no longer need to return to a police station to do paperwork. They can now do that, and more, whilst out and about, thanks to a major investment in mobile technology by the Commissioner.
“Once the facility opens in October 2019, our officers will have 24/7 access to the Corner House and members of the public can visit during the part time enquiry office opening hours. There will also be a yellow phone on the outside of the building for the public to contact the police out of hours. Of course, if it’s an emergency, we would expect the public to call 999. For non-emergencies call 101.”