Police set their sights on a move

19318455Plans for Stone police to downsize its base have come a step closer. Their Radford Street building, the town’s police station for over a century, has become underused, they claim.

Three years ago, Staffordshire Police announced their intention to move out, but only once alternative premises had been secured.  In 2012, residents heard of their proposed cost-cutting move Stone Town Council’s office building in Station Road. The building belongs to Stafford Borough Council

The council has now received two planning applications by Staffordshire police to convert the Station Road premises.  One is for external alterations, including the installation of a help point, lighting and signage and internal alterations including doorways and internal walls.  The second relates to two signs.

Stone Town Councillors, who considered the proposals last month, expressed the hope that the traditional blue ‘police’ lamp on the Radford Street building could be remounted on their 18th century Grade II listed building.

 Speaking at the public meeting about the Radford Street station, Chief Superintendent Jon Drake said:

‘It is a really large building, it has 21 rooms but at the moment we use four of them.”

“We are awaiting planning permission for alterations to the Stone Town Council building in Station Street and once the outcome is known we will update the community on our plans to move,”

said Inspector Giles Parsons of Stafford Borough Policing Team in a statement to the Gazette

“The same staff and officers will remain accessible to the public in Stone town centre and by working in the same building as council colleagues we will further improve the service to the community.”