Work to start on new £14m 36-cell police custody suite in Grimsby

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Oct 2017

Work will start on a new £14m police custody suite in Grimsby next month.

North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee has today given the green light to the 36 cell custody suite , a property store and ancillary office for around 170 staff on Birchin Way.

The development will have parking to meet the peak demand of all the teams based on site, together with visiting operational vehicles.

Development is expected to start in November and the site will become operational in early 2019, when it will replace outdated custody facilities at Scunthorpe and Grimsby Police Stations. These Police Stations will continue to operate, with only their custody facilities being relocated to Birchin Way.

Examples of the types of custody cells that the new South Bank facility would be home to

The plans were approved unanimously by the planning committee, with councillors expressing their "delight" in the large investment being made into the brough.

Councillor Henry Hudson said: "I am delighted that this new facility is set to be located here in Grimsby, and hopefully through the number of jobs created at the facility we will see more well paid and qualified people come into the town."

Councillor Ray Sutton was also happy to see the establishment of the facility in Grimsby.

He said: "I welcome that North East Lincolnshire has been selected as a location for this facility, transferring over the existing facilities already at Grimsby Police Station, although I hope it closes relatively quickly due to lack of use, but I suspect that may not be the case.

One councillor however raised concerns about the location, with Councillor Matthew Brown saying: "Personally I feel uncomfortable with having a custody suite of this nature in Grimsby, especially in a ward with a lot of social deprivation such as the West Marsh, and it worries me that it could exasperate the behaviour of some troublesome individuals there.

"I would prefer to see a facility like this outside the town, perhaps somewhere near Scunthorpe, but I will still support the application."

Humberside Police Chief Superintendent, Christine Wilson said: “I am delighted that the custody suite planning permission has been granted.

"This offers us a real opportunity to have the very best facilities to process prisoners to meet the needs of the criminal justice system, bringing justice to victims. We recognise that there will be consequences of the location of the suite such as additional traveling time from some parts of North Lincolnshire, and are working hard to understand what this means for the public and for our staff. We will work to mitigate any issues with additional staff and enhanced transport arrangements once the extent of the impacts are known.”

An artist's impression of the scale, positioning and layout of the £14 million development

Humberside Police consulted widely on its plans for Birchin Way, holding a community meeting to present details and invite comment from the public.

Overall the plans were well received with just one objection from a Hull resident.

Of the six sites considered, Birchin Way is the best suited to the force's requirements, being served well by local transport and located close to the A180 to afford quick and easy access to both Grimsby and Scunthorpe.

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