MERSEYSIDE’S Police Commissioner has revealed some of the details about the upcoming new replacement police station to be built in Newton-le-Willows.

The Commissioner and Chief Constable recently unveiled a refreshed 12-year plan to continue the transformation of the force’s stations and buildings, as the Star reported in October.

The plan included for major new police hubs in St Helens, Wirral, Knowsley and new police stations in Southport and Newton-le-Willows.

All of these are due to be completed in the next five years.

With regards to the Newton-le-Willows station, it has been confirmed this will be situated on the existing police car park at the corner of Market Street and Peel Street, in Earlestown.

The departments utilising the new building include local policing, inquiry officers and response teams.

Works are expected to commence on site in September next year, with an expected completion date of around August the following year, 2025, it is understood.

St Helens Star: Merseyside Police Commissioner Emily SpurrellMerseyside Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell (Image: Stock)

Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “I’m pleased that as part of our refreshed 12-year plan to transform Merseyside Police’s stations and buildings, we are now moving forward with a new station for Newton-le-Willows.

“Sadly, the current station is outdated and not fit for purpose for modern policing. Significant work has been undertaken to review all the options and I’m pleased we can now confirm that it is our plan to build on a car park, close to the existing police station.

“This is the best solution to ensure officers and staff have the right facilities, while ensuring Merseyside Police is in the best possible position to serve the community of Newton-le-Willows. While there is still considerable planning and preparation work to be done before construction can begin, we anticipate work should get underway next September.”

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Chief Constable Serena Kennedy, said: “It is so important that officers and staff are able to work from stations that are fit for purpose so that we can effectively meet the needs of the communities we serve.

“The PCC’s commitment to refreshing the policing estate is vital for our officers and staff who have been working from aging police stations that are no longer viable. The building of the new station at Newton-le-Willows reinforces our commitment to putting our local communities at the heart of everything we do now, and in years to come.”