To progress a new Northern Base, incorporating new custody provision for the Northallerton area, a full evaluation and analysis will now take place. The evaluation, to be conducted over the next 3-4 months, will consider the future needs of the organisation, alongside the commercial, financial and economic implications of the proposals.
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, commenting on the proposals said:
Newby Wiske will be costing North Yorkshire taxpayers over £1 million per year to maintain over the next 17 years. There are also frequent problems with the power supply and accessibility, not to mention other issues that come with maintaining a Grade II listed building.
These proposals are about improving the service we can offer the public of North Yorkshire – prioritising Bobbies over buildings.
What’s more, an initial top level review concluded that by combining new custody facilities for the north of the county with a new HQ we may be able to improve services and save money in the longer term.
We will therefore be focussing on the area around Northallerton and Thirsk as a potential location for a new Northern Base.
I await the full evaluation before any final decisions are made, and undertake to keep everyone, especially police officers and staff, informed of what progress is being made.