[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 21 January, 2005, 13:39 GMT
Police to build six new stations
Andersonstown Police Station is due to close within days
Andersonstown Police Station is due to close within days
The police service in Northern Ireland has announced that it is planning to build six new police stations.

They will be located in Ballymoney, Cookstown, Craigavon, Downpatrick and Omagh, as well as Musgrave Street in Belfast city centre.

The stations form part of the police service's estate strategy for the next five years.

Police said the extensive station improvement and maintenance programme would cost about 200m.

No final decisions

The aim is to deliver on the requirement of the Patten report that police buildings should be less forbidding, more user-friendly for the general public and more congenial for officers and support staff to work in.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton said that the strategy would involve a review of the number and viability of police stations.

This would lead inevitably to recommendations on station closures, he said.

However, he stressed that no final decisions had been taken on the 61 stations on the strategy's review list.

He gave the assurance that where closure recommendations were made, local commanders would embark on a process of consultation with their communities on proposals and on the best way to deliver services locally.

Fit for purpose

There are 135 police stations and 56 other police establishments, including headquarters locations and training units.

Thirteen stations are more than 100 years old and 54 are more than 50 years old.

Meanwhile, police in west Belfast have announced that Andersonstown police station will be demolished in mid-February.

The station will close permanently on Sunday.

Police said Andersonstown police station, established in 1887, was no longer fit for purpose.

Grosvenor Road, Woodbourne and New Barnsley police stations will continue to provide a full policing service to the people of west Belfast, police said.




SEE ALSO:
Fortifications 'to be removed'
30 Sep 04 |  Northern Ireland
Police station plans 'premature'
25 Sep 04 |  Northern Ireland
SF 'criminalised by government'
09 May 04 |  Northern Ireland
Paramilitaries 'named and shamed'
20 Apr 04 |  Northern Ireland
SF 'to fight terror monitors'
27 Apr 04 |  Northern Ireland


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific