Former police station could be sold off

Thurrock Gazette: Corringham police station Corringham police station

CORRINGHAM police station could be sold off, according to the Essex police and crime commissioner.

The announcement comes just months after local Conservative councillor James Halden struck a deal enabling the Thurrock Youth Offending team to use the premises on Gordon Road.

But Nick Alston, the commissioner for Essex confirmed that once the current deal with Thurrock Council ends, the building is likely to be sold.

The station was closed to the public in September 2011 and could now be sold off within a year.

He said: “The two year lease with the Youth Offending Team will end in the autumn of next year and may be extended a further year to autumn 2016. During this period there will continue to be police operational use of the building and, by implication, further time to reflect on the building’s future use.

“I would emphasise, however, that there are no current plans to re-open the front office counter and at the end of the arrangement with the Youth Offending Team, it is likely the building will be sold.”

Mr Alston’s statement came as Angie Gaywood, the council’s Labour portfolio holder for public protection, moved to clarify the new set up at the station.

Mr Halden had announced last November that there would be a front desk service at the station.

She described this as “youthful exuberance” saying: “I welcomed this news but felt dismayed when I received confirmation it simply wasn’t true.

“Residents have continued to contact me thrilled to think the police station was reopening, and now I’ve seen for myself this isn’t the case.”

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4:31pm Wed 12 Feb 14

coddy says...

So we're to have no police presence in Stanford or Corringham. What a joke especially in light of the new DP world port. Remeber Alston when the poll tax demands for 2014/15 come out as he wants to put the Police charge up and make sure you send him a reply to tell him what you think of him
So we're to have no police presence in Stanford or Corringham. What a joke especially in light of the new DP world port. Remeber Alston when the poll tax demands for 2014/15 come out as he wants to put the Police charge up and make sure you send him a reply to tell him what you think of him coddy

9:32pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Dave_ says...

If anything the east of Thurrock needs a dedicated 24 hour police station. The area will, over the coming years, have a much more transient population with the port attracting all manner of criminal activity and the best that can be hoped for is a call to a police station miles from the area dispatching police officers who will rely on sat nav to find the place.
If anything the east of Thurrock needs a dedicated 24 hour police station. The area will, over the coming years, have a much more transient population with the port attracting all manner of criminal activity and the best that can be hoped for is a call to a police station miles from the area dispatching police officers who will rely on sat nav to find the place. Dave_

8:19am Thu 13 Feb 14

Bernard 87 says...

Getting rid of Nick Alston would go some way to pay to keep the police station open. I know which I'd rather pay for...
Getting rid of Nick Alston would go some way to pay to keep the police station open. I know which I'd rather pay for... Bernard 87

9:55am Thu 13 Feb 14

Jb66 says...

More flats I suppose - doing nothing for the infrastructure, schools and surgeries. Flipping council is useless, I suppose it will go the developer who bought King Street Car Park in Stanford for a song. Something stinks.
More flats I suppose - doing nothing for the infrastructure, schools and surgeries. Flipping council is useless, I suppose it will go the developer who bought King Street Car Park in Stanford for a song. Something stinks. Jb66

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