New Police Station for Caerphilly Town Centre
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has officially announced his decision to open a new police station in the heart of Caerphilly.
The temporary police station on Market Street in Caerphilly town centre was closed in January this year before Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert was elected as the new Commissioner. After listening to the concerns of residents during his election campaign and since taking up his role in May, Mr Cuthbert today announced his decision to open a new permanent police station on Cardiff Road in the town.
As Commissioner, Mr Cuthbert is responsible for the police estate in Gwent which includes all of the police stations, land and assets in the force area. Planning permission for the change of use is being applied for and renovation work on the new police station at Caerphilly Road is expected to begin in the New Year, with the new front counter premises set to open in the spring.
Once completed, the station will provide a space for the public to engage with the neighbourhood police service in a confidential environment which will meet modern policing requirements and public expectation. The new facility will permanently house the Caerphilly Central neighbourhood team.
Despite a significant reduction in Central Government funding to the Police service over the last six years, the Commissioner has also highlighted his commitment to work with key partners to deliver long term sustainable improvements and ensure that Gwent Police retains a visible and accessible presence in the heart of the communities it serves.
Explaining the reasons behind his decision to approve the new station, Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert, said: "I have listened carefully to what residents have told me and I am pleased to announce that we will be opening a new police station in the centre of Caerphilly. We looked at a number of options and the premises on Cardiff Road provided the most sustainable solution to policing provision in the centre of the town. I want to ensure that we provide an accessible policing service in Gwent which adequately responds to local need and provides assurance to the community. This new station is part of that commitment."
Gwent Police Chief Superintendent, Marc Budden, said: "Our officers are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, however, we understand that having a presence in town centres can provide reassurance to local residents and visitors. We are pleased this provision is becoming available in the New Year and we look forward to working closely with the local community."