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29 February, 2016

Julia Mulligan puts police headquarters up for sale

Following a decision by Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan to move the North Yorkshire Police headquarters to central Northallerton, she has today (29th February 2016) confirmed that the current Newby Wiske headquarters site is up for sale.

The new police headquarters will be Alverton Court in Northallerton, the former Rural Payments Agency building.

Newby Wiske Hall, The Grade II-listed country home, has served as North Yorkshire Police’s headquarters for nearly 40 years.  Prior to its current use, Newby Wiske served as a training centre for the old North Riding Constabulary from 1954.

The police are due to move to their new building in autumn 2017, and will accept interest on the current site from all interested parties.

The new headquarters at Alverton Court (built in 1999), Northallerton, offers modern facilities and good public transport links.  The site was selected because it is just six miles from the current HQ, meaning minimal impact on the headquarters workforce. It will also be less expensive to run, more efficient and offer better accommodation for a modern police service, in comparison with building at Newby Wiske.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “One of the first commitments I made on taking up office was to move North Yorkshire Police out of the expensive and largely unsuitable Newby Wiske site into more accessible accommodation, better suited to a modern police service.

“Putting Newby Wiske Hall up for sale is a very welcome step along this journey, but one with mixed emotions.  It has been used by police in North Yorkshire for over 60 years, but it is right we are moving on and can look the future with confidence. I am also pleased that we are remaining in Hambleton District and will continue to support the local economy.”

Chief Constable Dave Jones said: “It is significant that such an important project for North Yorkshire Police continues to move forward, as it will ensure we can provide a more effective, efficient and sustainable policing service for everyone in our county.

“Although there will be many that will be saddened by the loss of such a historical policing building, Newby Wiske Hall can no longer support the demands of a modern police service.”

Interested parties should contact Graham Tyerman at Keir on 01642 727453.