Plans to build £13 million police custody suite close to McDonald's and KFC in Grimsby

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 26 Jun 2017

A new £13 million police custody suite could be built close to McDonald's and KFC restaurants in Grimsby, it is understood.

Plans for the 36 cell facility, which would replace custody facilities at Scunthorpe and Grimsby Police Stations, could see the suite built on land off Birchin Way in the West Marsh.

Humberside Police confirmed that the force is looking to buy a piece of land in Grimsby for the large facility, in what will be one of the biggest non-industrial infrastructure developments in recent years.

And while the force has not confirmed the desired location for the custody suite, it is understood Humberside Police hope to build the facility on Birchin Way, close to where fast food outlets McDondald's and KFC are located.

West Marsh ward councillor Tim Mickleburgh raised concerns over the location.

"While it is good that such a facility will be located in Grimsby, I am concerned that the site will not be well-served by public transport unlike Victoria Street where cells are currently based," he said.

Birchin Way, Grimsby, where it is understood Humberside Police want to build a £13m custody suite. Pictured is land next to McDonald's. (Photo: Rick Byrne)

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"Birchin Way just has an half-hourly bus services, with nothing in the evening on Sundays.

"I also wonder what the future of the Victoria Street Police Station will be as surely it will cost more to have two separate sites in operation."

The councillor said he had been told that a public consultation is due to take place at the West Marsh Community Centre, Beeson Street, on June 29 between 3pm and 7pm.

A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: "Humberside Police can confirm that they are looking to buy a piece of land in Grimsby, where they plan to build a new 36 cell custody suite. The new development, with an estimated value of £13 million, will also provide fit for purpose office accommodation for Humberside Police employees. 

"The new custody suite will replace current custody facilities at Scunthorpe and Grimsby Police Stations which are outdated. Grimsby and Scunthorpe Police Stations will continue to operate, with only the custody suite facilities being relocated to the proposed new facility. "

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