A £7million plan to merge Derbyshire’s police and fire headquarters have been unveiled.
Both emergency organisations say their HQs are currently housed in old, ‘fragmented’ buildings that are no longer efficient due to the cost of heating and lighting.
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles who unveiled the plan for Ripley at the current police HQ, says two of the current buildings at the base are more than 40 years old and needed replacing to ensure they were fit for ‘modern policing’.
He said police would pay for their half of the new facilities from £2million in ‘capital reserves’ and the projected sale of land the force owns near to Sainsbury’s at Butterley.
Deputy chief executive for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Joy Smith, said the service would benefit from working closer to police and cash would come from selling their current headquarters.
Both organisations say plans are at a very early stage and no timescale has been set for the start of development.