Crime commissioner denies cost of building North Yorkshire Police HQ has escalated

The Northern Echo: PLAN: An artist's impression of the new North Yorkshire Police HQ PLAN: An artist's impression of the new North Yorkshire Police HQ

NORTH Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has dismissed claims that the estimated cost of building the force’s new headquarters has escalated by 66 per cent.

Julia Mulligan was responding to speculation that the price tag for the base, which she hopes to site in an eight-acre field in South Kilvington, near Thirsk, had initially been calculated at £18m and had risen to £30m.

Campaigners in the village, including an internet blogger claiming to be a former police officer with “internal sources”, questioned whether taxpayers should be bearing extra costs to replace the force’s crumbling base at Newby Wiske, near Northallerton, and build a new custody suite.

Mrs Mulligan said an array of cost factors were yet to be determined and that it had always been clear the headquarters and custody suite would cost in excess of the £18m spent on the Harrogate Police Station, which opened in May 2012, as it would be a larger facility.

She said: “It seems that the rumour mill is running away with itself.

“Once we are beyond the sensitivities associated with tendering, the budget will be made public, just as was done for Harrogate.”

The commissioner said money had been allocated in the budget, that the police were still deciding what should be included in the blueprint and that the cost would also depend upon the site.

Mrs Mulligan said: “Once a final site is confirmed, initial ground works will be undertaken, and the specification will be nailed down, taking into full account the operational requirements of the police service and the need to save money.”

South Kilvington resident Mick Lynas said some villagers were becoming increasingly frustrated over the lack of information being provided about the plans.

He said campaigners had been further dismayed by an instruction from Hambleton District Council to remove a protest banner erected in a field near the proposed police base site.

Mr Lynas said: “This sign is erected on private land and is similar to the signs in an opposite field used by the local cricket team.

“They have no planning permission either, but have never been approached about theirs in the many years they have been up.”

A spokesman for the council said its planning department had been contacted by the Highways Agency to oversee the removal of the sign, which reads ‘No thank you to police HQ’.

A Highways Agency spokesman the sign was unlawful under advertisement regulations. He added: “Hoardings of this nature have the purpose of drawing attention, which compromises driver safety, and we would not support any advertising at this location.”

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6:28pm Mon 5 May 14

spragger says...

Policemen should be out in your neighbourhood preventing crime. Not hiding up in some taxpayer funded palace.
Will this one have a £26,000 shower & company cars for all the top management?
The way they spend our money is disgusting
Policemen should be out in your neighbourhood preventing crime. Not hiding up in some taxpayer funded palace. Will this one have a £26,000 shower & company cars for all the top management? The way they spend our money is disgusting spragger
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10:16pm Mon 5 May 14

spottycow says...

What is wrong with this site .ITS at the right place out of the village near the A19 easy for most folk to get to i dont see a problem as long as the COST is kept in CHECK . I have in front of our lounge window just FIFTY YARDS away a NINETY FOOT HIGH INDOOR TENNIS ARENA and its in use seven days a week until ten pm and ive found it to be ok to live with . SO get off your HIGH HORSES YOU NASTY FOLK . aT LEAST YOU WILL HAVE COPPERS ON YOUR DOORSTEP .
What is wrong with this site .ITS at the right place out of the village near the A19 easy for most folk to get to i dont see a problem as long as the COST is kept in CHECK . I have in front of our lounge window just FIFTY YARDS away a NINETY FOOT HIGH INDOOR TENNIS ARENA and its in use seven days a week until ten pm and ive found it to be ok to live with . SO get off your HIGH HORSES YOU NASTY FOLK . aT LEAST YOU WILL HAVE COPPERS ON YOUR DOORSTEP . spottycow
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7:24pm Fri 9 May 14

Elduderino says...

In reply to SpottyCow.
The Police HQ proposed site of South Kilvington is not the right place, opposite a primary school village. where 76 sex offendors will be released into the community per year along with another 2400 crimanals as well. Do sex offendors play tennis at your ninety foot high tennis arena?....I think not. I dont think it is OK to live with a three story modern monstrosity with 550 police staff bulit next to the grade-2 listed buildings in a peaceful village with only 200 residents. I dont think it is acceptable for the police to ruin the rural village of South Kilvington when they have 32 other sites that are being considered. As for the police being on our doorstep, think it through you spottycow, the police officers operate from remote locations throught the county and are despatched from where ever they are parked or on the beat, not from the HQ. Not one person in this monstrous building out of 550 would be able to help anyone in an emergency, they are all office people. This a fact quoted by Juila Mulligan herself. Police and Crimes Commissioner. 'NO THANK YOU TO POLICE HQ' ...
In reply to SpottyCow. The Police HQ proposed site of South Kilvington is not the right place, opposite a primary school village. where 76 sex offendors will be released into the community per year along with another 2400 crimanals as well. Do sex offendors play tennis at your ninety foot high tennis arena?....I think not. I dont think it is OK to live with a three story modern monstrosity with 550 police staff bulit next to the grade-2 listed buildings in a peaceful village with only 200 residents. I dont think it is acceptable for the police to ruin the rural village of South Kilvington when they have 32 other sites that are being considered. As for the police being on our doorstep, think it through you spottycow, the police officers operate from remote locations throught the county and are despatched from where ever they are parked or on the beat, not from the HQ. Not one person in this monstrous building out of 550 would be able to help anyone in an emergency, they are all office people. This a fact quoted by Juila Mulligan herself. Police and Crimes Commissioner. 'NO THANK YOU TO POLICE HQ' ... Elduderino
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