Dragon Hall Police Station saved
Bolesworth Estate and Cheshire Constabulary have agreed a deal to keep Dragon Hall PoliceStation open. Dragon Hall serves therural communities south of Chester, including Tattenhall, Malpas and thesurrounding area.
Despitethe Police and Crime Commissioner stating he had not considered closing DragonHall, this was a possibility as part of a wider cost saving review. The station was under threat of closure as itwas the most expensive Police Station 'per head' across the force due to itscomparatively low staffing levels and hours of opening.
Asowner of the building, Bolesworth Estate have agreed a three year deal withCheshire Constabulary to keep Dragon Hall open as an operational PoliceStation.
MatthewMorris, Estate Manager at Bolesworth explains more:
'We were aware of theproposals to close Dragon Hall Police Station. We know how important thisfacility is to our local communities both as a resource but also as a deterrentto crime in the rural area.
The Bolesworth Estatehas agreed to subsidise the rent by two thirds in order to guarantee thestations future for the next three years. We are also looking at a biomassheating system in order to achieve further cost savings for the Police as theyhave to keep the building warm 24/7.
Nina Barbour and theteam at Bolesworth are delighted that this important facility will be retainedand we look forward to continuing to work closely with Cheshire Constabulary'
Arequest has also been made to Cheshire West and Chester Council to grantdiscretionary rate relief for the Police Station, however this request has beenturned down despite other Local Authorities such as Flintshire granting thisallowance. The Police therefore have to pay business rates to Cheshire West,this is paid into a national central pot and then re-issued to localauthorities to fund essential services such as the Police....