The decision supports and is linked to the project to build new combined police and fire station hub in Redditch (Decision Notice PCC/D/2021/27).
As part of the sale and leaseback agreement between the OPCC West Mercia and Redditch Borough Council, it is a requirement to vacate Redditch Police Station by the end of October 2023.
There is a requirement for a temporary relocation of all staff from Redditch Police Station to alternative accommodation from November 2023 until the completion of the new hub. This will ensure full continuity of operational capability for the police and the local community they serve.
Following completion of an options appraisal it has been agreed that relocation to a vacant unit within the Kingfisher Centre in Redditch is the preferred option. This option has been costed and agreed at a maximum total budget of £2.0m, to include all costs associated with the lease costs and the required refurbishments.
For the PCC to approve the allocation of a total budget of £2m of funds to support the delivery of the temporary location for West Mercia Police in Redditch at the vacant retail unit within the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch.
The PCC approves allocation of revenue reserves up to £1.750m to contribute to the cost of the scheme, with the expectation that £0.5m of revenue savings can be identified from the closure of the current site to offset the above cost.
Approval of West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner
I herby approve the above proposal.