A ceremony has taken place to lay a ‘date stone’ at Saxmundham’s new joint police and fire station with local MP Therese Coffey, together with Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore and Cllr Matthew Hicks, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection.
Due to be completed in the Spring, the £536,000 project - which has financial grant support from the Department of Communities and Local Government - is being managed by Concertus as the project consultant, with Barnes carrying out the construction work. Work involves the building of a side extension to the existing fire station, with associated parking to provide office accommodation for the local policing team.
Once construction is completed, police officers, who are currently based in the police station in the town opposite the railway station, will move in and vacate the old police building which has already been sold to Saxmundham Town Council.
Tim Passmore said: “I am absolutely delighted to see another joint police and fire project taking shape. This is great news for the Constabulary, for Suffolk Fire and Rescue and for the local community, with the added bonus of providing a new base for the Town Council in the heart of the Town at the former Police Station site.