Maghera po­lice sta­tion be­ing sold off

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Commercial Property - BY JOHN MUL­GREW

A FORMER po­lice sta­tion has gone on sale for £225,000 in Co Lon­don­derry.

The sta­tion at Col­eraine Road in Maghera is be­ing sold off by commercial prop­erty firm Lam­bert Smith Hamp­ton.

It’s one of a dozen EX-PSNI sta­tions which are due to be sold off as part of new cost-sav­ing measures.

The sta­tions at Augh­na­cloy, Bal­ly­clare, Bal­ly­nahinch, Cas­tled­erg, Cushen­dall, Maghera, Moira, Porta­ferry, Tan­dragee, War­ren­point, Wil­low­field and York Road in Belfast are al­ready closed to the public and do not have of­fi­cers or staff work­ing in them.

It’s thought the move will gen­er­ate an es­ti­mated £1.5m for the North­ern Ire­land Polic­ing Board, which owns the po­lice es­tate, and re­sult in an­nual sav­ings of about £600,000.

The Maghera site in­cludes al­most 10,000 sq ft of build­ing space, sit­ting on 0.69 acres of land.

Lam­bert Smith Hamp­ton says it is “suit­able for re­fur­bish­ment, res­i­den­tial and, or, commercial de­vel­op­ment”, sub­ject to the suit­able plan­ning law.

A three-year strat­egy for the po­lice es­tate also in­cludes plans to in­vest in three new po­lice sta­tions at Ar­magh, Cook­stown and Bal­ly­mena, the re­de­vel­op­ment of fa­cil­i­ties at the Po­lice Col­lege in Garn­erville, and a new cus­tody pro­vi­sion in Craigavon and the Water­side in Lon­don­derry.

Last year, a large former po­lice sta­tion on the Ormeau Road in south Belfast was also sold to an undis­closed buyer. A num­ber of former po­lice sta­tions have gone on the mar­ket in North­ern Ire­land in re­cent years, with some even be­ing sold at auc­tion.

In 2011, a former sta­tion in Coagh in Co Ty­rone was sold at auc­tion for £54,000 — £9,000 above the ask­ing price.

That year, the PSNI said it wanted to close 34 po­lice sta­tions out of 83.

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