Ormskirk Police Station to reopen for 12 months whilst Skelmersdale Station is modernised
Due to the age and condition of Skelmersdale Police Station it is no longer fit for purpose and as such is having to be upgraded and modernised. Work is expected to begin from the start of June 2019.
The investment in the new station is a positive move for the residents and community of Skelmersdale and the local areas. The new station will provide an improved working environment for officers and staff whilst also creating a better facility for the community.
Whilst modernisation takes place the station will be closed for approximately 12-18 months. The majority of staff and equipment will temporarily relocate to Ormskirk Police Station, approximately seven miles and just 15 minutes drive away.
There will, however, remain a police presence in Skelmersdale with members of Response and Neighbourhood teams being based at the fire station on Tanhouse Road, although this will not be open to the public.
Chief Inspector Jill Halliwell said: “The work being carried out is essential maintenance, due to the age and construction of the building. We are committed to investing in the police station at Skelmersdale, to make it an improved working environment for officers and staff and a better facility for the community, which is desperately needed.”
The front desk at Skelmersdale will close at 4pm on Wednesday 17 April with the Ormksirk front desk opening on Thursday 18 April at 9am. Ormskirk front counter will then be open to members of the public Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 6pm.
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner added: “This is really positive for Skelmersdale and the wider community, with investment necessary to ensure that the station is fully fit for purpose going forward.
“Residents should be reassured that the temporary closure during this time will not in any way impact on the policing service for those who live and work in the town, with neighbourhood policing teams still visible out in the community.”
From 24 April, 2019, members of the Neighbourhood Team will holding drop in sessions in the P.U.L.S.E. Centre which is located in the Concourse, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10:30am and 12:00pm, where members of the public can have the chance to speak with the team about local issues.