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Esher police station sale halted

By mattcollison  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

The former Esher police station.

The former Esher police station.

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ESHER police station will not be sold until the best possible price can be recouped for the building, the newly-elected police and crime commissioner has said.

The station is among 10 of which Kevin Hurley, Surrey's PCC, has paused sales amid concerns their value was not being maximised.

Sales of  Esher, Haslemere, Epsom, Leatherhead, Old Woking, Banstead, Camberley, Horley, Sunbury and Chertsey stations have been suspended. There is no plan to reopen any of the properties as police stations.

Commissioner Hurley said: "I want to be absolutely certain that we are getting the maximum possible value for the public from these assets. 

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"Pausing these ten sales gives us the opportunity to assure ourselves that we are not missing any opportunities to do better for the public."

One of the Commissioner's first actions upon taking office was to call for a review of the policy of police station disposals in the county which began in 2010.

Esher police station closed in 2011 and relocated to a front counter service at Esher Civic Centre last year.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Harris, who led on the stations review on behalf of the PCC, said: "Over the last few weeks, at the Commissioner's request I have looked in detail at the estates disposal policy initiated in 2010.

"The basic logic of the policy remains sound – co-locating police teams with councils has helped improve services to the public. Closing ageing and barely-used stations has reduced our maintenance costs.

"However I think the time is right to look at the disposals currently underway and assess whether we can take a more commercially-minded approach to maximise their value."

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