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Ribble Valley bidder cops an auction bargain
2:15pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
THE former police station in Newton-in-Bowland has sold at auction.
The detached two-storey house has stood empty since Lancashire Police announced in 2011 that it would close and be sold off, along with 11 others across East Lancashire.
The Slaidburn Road property was auctioned in the Citizens Suite at Manchester City Football Club and sold for £22,000 more than was expected.
The three-bedroom property, complete with a garage, was expected to sell for around £322,000.
The identity of the new owner has not been revealed.
Newton-in-Bowland parish councillor Martin Beatie said: “We would rather the property had stayed as a police house but Lancashire police had to make cutbacks.
“It was good to have a local police presence full-time in the village but we have been doing okay since it closed.”
Another village resident, Mary Beatie said: “I hope a family can make a nice home there. There was a lot of opposition in the village when it was announced it would close but there was nothing that we could do to stop it.”
The police station was identified for disposal following the 2011 front counter estates review, conducted by Lancashire police. The review was part of a wider programme to find £43m savings by 2015 as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
This figure has now risen to £73.5m by the end of 2016/17.
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