The long awaited move of Kidsgrove Police Station is going to take place in October. Kidsgrove Police Station will move from its current site to a new one in Kidsgrove Town Hall. This move has long been on the cards as it is anticipated that this will save Staffordshire Police £88,000 in repairs to the existing Kidsgrove Police Station and reduce the running costs of Kidsgrove Police Station from the current £54,000.
Kidsgrove residents will be aware that the relocation of Kidsgrove Police Station has been a topic of much debate in Kidsgrove. During the last election the Kidsgrove Labour Party spent a great deal of time campaigning on preventing the closure of Kidsgrove Police Station, even though it was relocation and not closure that was planned. An online poll by Whitehill Online showed that most Kidsgrove residents were not too bothered where Kidsgrove Police Station was located, so long as it remained in Kidsgrove.
There have been many questions asked about what will happen to the existing Kidsgrove Police Station site. Some Kidsgrove residents believe that the site will be eventually sold for housing, however how will such an empty building look in a prominent Kidsgrove position? Staffordshire Police have gone as far as saying they will maintain the building until it is sold, which does bring into question some of the proposed savings that have been suggested. If Staffordshire Police is spending money on two buildings in Kidsgrove, is this actually saving any money? There is every chance the old station in Kidsgrove could remain empty for a long period of time.
The move should ensure that Kidsgrove retains its current Policing levels and Kidsgrove Police Station will continue to operate the same enquiry desk hours.