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Former Forest of Bowland police station to be auctioned
5:00pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
THE former police station in Newton-in-Bowland is set to go up for auction, two years after it was earmarked for closure.
The detached two-storey house has stood empty since Lancashire Police announced in 2011 that it would close and be put up for sale along with 11 others across East Lancashire.
The Slaidburn Road property is set to be auctioned on September 12 in the Citizen’s Suite at Manchester City Football Club from midday.
The three bedroom property, which also includes with a garage, is expected to be sold for around £300,000.
Lancashire police crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “Newton-in-Bowland police station was identified for disposal following the 2011 front counter estates review.
“The review was undertaken as part of the wider programme to find £43m of 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.
“As police and crime commissioner I am discharging the strategy of the former police authority and can confirm the proceeds of the sale will be used to fund the capital programme.”
Resident Margaret Phillips said: “It’s a shame that it closed because it was a reassuring presence. A lot of people remember it as the police station and it will be weird when someone moves in.”
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