Res­i­dents call for build­ing to be ren­o­vated

The Sentinel - - NEWS - Matt Jack­son matthew.jack­son@reach­

ES­TATE agents were hop­ing to avoid any crim­i­nal of­fers when a for­mer po­lice sta­tion with its very own prison cell went un­der the ham­mer.

The old po­lice sta­tion in Stone Road, Norton Bridge, near Yarn­field, has been sold af­ter be­ing put up for auc­tion with a guide price of £250,000.

The build­ing had pre­vi­ously been used as a res­i­den­tial prop­erty, but the site was bought in 2014 by Net­work Rail, via a com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der, to al­low work on a ma­jor bot­tle­neck junc­tion be­tween Stafford and Crewe.

Un­for­tu­nately for any wannabe po­lice of­fi­cers, the for­mer cell has most re­cently been utilised as a pantry.

A de­scrip­tion from Bru­ton Knowles, which han­dled the sale, said: “A sub­stan­tial fam­ily home set in a large gar­den area with ad­join­ing pad­dock. The to­tal plot size is 1.77 acres or there­abouts.

“Built of brick un­der a tile roof, the prop­erty was the for­mer Norton Bridge Po­lice Sta­tion and the pris­oner cell still forms part of the ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“The prop­erty is ac­cessed off Sta­tion Road via a road which has been stopped up as part of the rail im­prove­ment scheme.”

The site also in­cludes a pad­dock and a num­ber of out­build­ings.

In­side, the prop­erty boasts three dou­ble bed­rooms, a liv­ing room and din­ing room.

Fam­i­lies liv­ing nearby wel­comed the sale and hope the build­ing will ei­ther be ren­o­vated or re­placed with some­thing more at­trac­tive.

Phil White, of Sta­tion Road, said: “I can only as­sume who­ever buys the po­lice sta­tion will use it for de­vel­op­ment.

“Given the guide price was £250,000 I can’t see any­thing else hap­pen­ing to it, it will be land go­ing to de­vel­op­ment.

“It prob­a­bly wouldn’t bother me too much to see the build­ing it­self go.

“If it were avail­able for a re­al­is­tic price, then I would have been tempted – but not for a quar­ter of a mil­lion.”

Neigh­bour Dan Tay­lor added: “As I un­der­stand, the prop­erty has been empty since the rail­way went through, so any­thing that puts it back into use will be a good thing.

“I would hope young fam­i­lies will buy the prop­erty for homes.

“It was a shame it was tar­geted by van­dals six months ago and that the pub is in the same state. Any­thing that brings in­vest­ment into the area is a ben­e­fit.”

The build­ing went un­der the ham­mer on Oc­to­ber 30, but it has not been re­vealed how much it fetched.

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