Plans for the development of a new police custody suite at Birchin Way, Grimsby have been approved by North East Lincolnshire Council.
The new facility will consist of a 36 cell custody suite, a property store and ancillary office for around 170 staff. The development will have parking to meet the peak demand of all the teams based on site, together with visiting operational vehicles.
Development is expected to start in November and the site will become operational in early 2019, when it will replace outdated custody facilities at Scunthorpe and Grimsby Police Stations. These Police Stations will continue to operate, with only their custody facilities being relocated to Birchin Way.
Humberside Police Chief Superintendent, Christine Wilson said:
“I am delighted that the custody suite planning permission has been granted. This offers us a real opportunity to have the very best facilities to process prisoners to meet the needs of the criminal justice system, bringing justice to victims. We recognise that there will be consequences of the location of the suite such as additional traveling time from some parts of North Lincolnshire, and are working hard to understand what this means for the public and for our staff. We will work to mitigate any issues with additional staff and enhanced transport arrangements once the extent of the impacts are known.”
Humberside Police consulted widely on its plans for Birchin Way, holding a community meeting to present details and invite comment from the public at the West Marsh Community Centre in Grimsby on 29 June 2017. Overall the plans were well received with just one objection from a Hull resident.
Of the six sites we considered, Birchin Way is the best suited to our requirements, being served well by local transport and located close to the A180 to afford quick and easy access to both Grimsby and Scunthorpe.