Town’s police station could move

A district councillor has called on the police to make a bold statement about the future if they decide to move out of their current base.

Daventry District Council’s economic, regeneration and employment portfolio holder Cllr Chris Over made the comments after the county’s police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds said that Daventry Police Station, in New Street, may not be fit for purpose.

Cllr Over said: “We are growing as a town and I think it is very important for the town to have both a Magistrates Court and Police Station.

“We have already lost one of these facilities and I would not want to lose the other.

“I think it would be a bold statement of intent for the police to have their new base in as close to the town centre as possible rather than in a warehouse on an industrial estate in the middle of nowhere.”

During a meeting of the Northamptonshire Police and Crime panel held last week Mr Simmonds said he would be talking to a number of local councils to ask where they would like to see the police based.

Documents discussed by the crime panel revealed a £400,000 reduction in estates spending over the next two years and Mr Simmonds highlighted the police stations in Daventry, Corby and Kettering as buildings that may not be “fit for purpose”.

He said: “With Daventry moving its town centre to a different site the council may want a completely different police experience.

“Is it best for the police station to remain next to the court building which is no longer used?

“We may move it to a health centre or health clinic nearer the town centre.”

Speaking to the Daventry Express in November, Mr Simmonds revealed he was looking at moving the police station in the town.