There has been much discussion about a new Police Station in Dudley after the town’s station was closed by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. However, since the start of discussions there has been little progress, including no formal planning applications made by West Midlands Police force.
The Member of Parliament for Dudley North, Marco Longhi has intervened to try and push this project forward.
Marco Longhi MP stated “This has been the talk of the town for too long, we want to see shovels in the ground. We have seen a spike in violent crime locally and a strong police presence in the town has a key role to help combat this.”
“Therefore, I have met with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Leader of the Council, and the Chief Executive (virtually) to help remove any obstacles. There seems to be three key blockages, but I will work with the Council and Police force to get them resolved. I know how important this is to the people of Dudley and I am committed to getting it built.”
“The three issues for the proposed site on Hall Street include: clarification of the boundary ownership and ownership of remediation costs to wall where necessary; resolution of the multiple parcels of land, so they can be allocated under one title deed and confirmation that the Council will help remove the Public Right of way that runs through the site.”
“Following on from my conversations with the PPC and Executive Chief I believe these are issues that can easily be overcome in a short period of time particularly with reference to the public right of way and the parcels of land. It would seem to me that to advance the project a technical solution is possible with a design that does not rely on any remediation works to the wall. I say this as a qualified civil engineer and knowing that the alternative could be extremely costly and very time consuming.”
“I am really looking forward to getting this important development for Dudley sorted and seeing a modern Police Station in our town. I will not rest until it is built.”