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Public Consultation launched on plans to redevelop police headquarters

A public consultation has been launched to gather the public’s views on plans to redevelop Hertfordshire Constabulary’s headquarters in Welwyn Garden City.

An information leaflet has been sent to local residents and businesses providing details of the proposal which will provide staff and officers with modern, flexible and high-quality facilities. It will also allow office space for our partners, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Under the plans several modern buildings will be retained on the Stanborough Road site but three of the large administration blocks and five smaller buildings, some dating back to the 1960s, have reached the end of their economic life, are inefficient and not environmentally friendly to run. They require a backlog of repairs costing £15m.


Impression of one of the main new buildings

The aim is to replace these old buildings with two new buildings, one of four storeys and one of three, which will be less expensive to run than the cost of keeping the existing buildings.

It is a planning requirement when undertaking such a large-scale project to consult the local community and give them an opportunity to respond prior to a formal planning application being submitted to the borough council.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Working closer with partners will keep the people of Hertfordshire safer. I am working with the county council to redevelop the police HQ to create the Hertfordshire Community Safety Hub. It will be the joint headquarters for both the police and fire service, and support many of their other functions as well.

“We want to work with local residents and businesses near the Stanborough site, and explain to them what our current plans are.”

As part of this PCC Mr Lloyd along with Chief Constable Charlie Hall will host a public webinar from 7pm on Tuesday 25 May 2021.


Inside one of the proposed new blocks

Hertfordshire Constabulary Chief Constable Charlie Hall added: “We are pleased to be able to share our plans with the local community and invite their views.

“These proposals will provide my staff and officers with much improved working conditions and facilities that will be fit for purpose and improve our efficiency for many years to come. The redevelopment will also allow us to work more effectively with partners to ensure Hertfordshire remains a safe and pleasant place to live and work.”

Full details of the public consultation, which closes on 4 June 2021, the webinar and an online survey to capture views can be found at http://www.vincent-gorbing.co.uk/consultation.
 

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