PLANS to move the police divisional headquarters in Wrexham are a step closer, with land secured in Llay for a new building.
North Wales Police (NWP) have secured the site on Llay Industrial Estate – opposite the Sharp’s factory – to relocate the police headquarters, to include administration offices and a custodial suite.
There are also plans to build a new police station in Wrexham town centre but the exact location has yet to be decided.
NWP say the current divisional headquarters on the Bodhyfryd site in Wrexham were built in the 1970s and with “poor facilities and high running costs” they say the building is no longer suitable for 21st century policing.
They add that due to the “rigorous demands of a modern custody facility” renovating the Wrexham site was not considered a viable option.
The future of the Bodhyfryd site remains unclear, with NWP stating discussions are ongoing with their partners to determine the future of the building.
The new area headquarters will be the main divisional site for both Wrexham and Flintshire, and NWP believe the location is ideally suited to service both counties.
NWP chief constable Mark Polin said: “In 2011 we carried out a full review of our estate and it was highlighted that Wrexham police station was no longer fit for purpose.
“Due to the age of the building and the custody suite falling short of the requirements of a modern custody facility, simply upgrading or renewing individual parts of the building is not an option and there is urgent need for change.
“We have been working closely with Wrexham Council and local agents to find suitable land in the Wrexham area to build new policing facilities.
“We will be building a brand new custody suite and administration offices on a recently purchased piece of land at Llay Industrial Estate opposite the well-established Sharp factory.
“This custody suite will be ideally located to service Flintshire and Wrexham counties and will allow North Wales Police to meet the demands of a modern police environment.”
In addition, NWP said the new Wrexham town centre station – which is being discussed with Wrexham Council – will enable the Wrexham policing team, including response, police community support officers, the neighbourhood team and a front counter service for the public, to remain in the town centre.
North Wales police and crime commissioner Winston Roddick said: “We are committed to maintaining the local police presence in Wrexham and we feel that keeping our response officers and the front counter in the heart of Wrexham supports this commitment.
“We can reassure the public that there will be a smooth transition to the new sites.”
NWP added they are working with their partners to successfully relocate the peregrine falcons – currently nesting on the Bodhyfryd tower – to a safer nest at St Giles’ Church.