Police and fire service to share headquarters

Police and fire service to share headquarters

Police and fire service to share headquarters

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

HAMPSHIRE'S police and fire services are set to share the same headquarters.

Senior police officers are set to move into the fire service's base in Leigh Road, Eastleigh, next year in the first move of its kind in the country.

It comes after the Daily Echo reported earlier this year that police chiefs were considering moving in with their emergency service colleagues as they look at ways to cut costs.

The announcement that the constabulary's strategic headquarters will move to Leigh Road comes after the force was successful in a bid for £1million to allow the move to happen.

The force's operational headquarters will remain in Mottisfont Court, Winchester, which was bought from the county council for £1.5million in 2012.

Following the successful funding bid, the Leigh Road complex will be refurbished to meet the needs of its new occupants, who could start to move in next autumn.

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes said: “Collocating senior police officers and support staff from Hampshire Constabulary with Hampshire Fire and Rescue is key to the successful delivery of my policing estate strategy.

“It is only by investing in joint-working initiatives such as this that I will be able to protect people and places locally while ensuring that the police's estate is cost-effective and fit for purpose despite significant economic challenges.

“I look forward to continuing the close working relationship with Hampshire Fire and Rescue into the future.”

Chief Constable Andy Marsh added: “This is another example of how Hampshire's emergency services are leading the way.

“We all have to be prepared to think differently if we are to maintain a high level of service to the public and make the savings we need to. Co-location at this HQ, sharing accommodation in the heart of communities, and a joined up approach to back office resource is all part of a bigger picture.

“We are prioritising the quality of our service to the public and frontline policing over expensive bricks and mortar.”

Hampshire Fire Authority chairman Royston Smith said: “As an authority, we have to address a £12 million financial gap over the next five years - this strategic estate partnership will increase occupancy rates of currently under utilised buildings and will enable us to protect jobs and the service we provide to the communities of Hampshire.

“It's a real win-win situation both for us as organisations and for the public of Hampshire.”

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7:13pm Fri 25 Jul 14

vaperfan says...

wouldn't they be better utilizing the old eastleigh council offices since they have blown a massive budget in moving closer to the centre of eastleigh
they would be opposite the courts that could be bought back into use and would save the cost of transporting offenders.
oh no they cant because that'll go to the highest bidder for private use despite it being unfit for purpose because it couldnt heat efficiently in the winter and couldnt stay cool enough in the summer.
the running cost of air con alone in the new building must blow the budget out of the water
wouldn't they be better utilizing the old eastleigh council offices since they have blown a massive budget in moving closer to the centre of eastleigh they would be opposite the courts that could be bought back into use and would save the cost of transporting offenders. oh no they cant because that'll go to the highest bidder for private use despite it being unfit for purpose because it couldnt heat efficiently in the winter and couldnt stay cool enough in the summer. the running cost of air con alone in the new building must blow the budget out of the water vaperfan
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10:31am Sat 26 Jul 14

david33 says...

This actually is one of their better decisions giving the current funding issues. It lets them sell the police headquarters in Winchester which is worth a good few million. The public won't notice the difference and it could actually be better as when certain incidents happen at least police and fire are together , I don't think it will be that long before we get all emergency services in the same building.
This actually is one of their better decisions giving the current funding issues. It lets them sell the police headquarters in Winchester which is worth a good few million. The public won't notice the difference and it could actually be better as when certain incidents happen at least police and fire are together , I don't think it will be that long before we get all emergency services in the same building. david33
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