A new police front counter will open in the heart of Blackpool town centre, as Blackpool Police Station closes.
The new front counter, located at Blackpool Council’s Municipal Building on Corporation Street, will be open between the hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 6pm on a Saturday from 12 noon on Friday 12 October.
Some of the town centre policing team will also relocate to the Municipal Building office.
The front counter at Blackpool Police Station on Bonny Street will close at 12 noon on Thursday 11 October and it is anticipated that the building will officially be handed over to Blackpool Council later in the year.
Chief Insp Lee Wilson, who oversees policing in the town, said: “The new facilities at the Municipal Building, together with the West Division Police Headquarters, are a huge improvement to the facilities we had at Bonny Street which were dated and simply no longer fit for purpose.
“In addition to this new front counter, we are exploring the option of having further bases for our officers in the local community across Blackpool.”
Front counters mainly provide a service for people to answer their bail conditions, immigration checks, handing over or collecting property and presenting car insurance as well as ‘meet and greet’ for visitors.
Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw added: “A new front counter in the heart of Blackpool is great news for the town. Not only does it mean we can continue providing services locally, the facilities mark a big improvement for the public as well as police officers and staff.”
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with the police within the same building.
“This move will build on existing good joint working and links and will see both services working together in a modern, efficient, building that is fit for the foreseeable future."
The opening of the front counter follows the opening of the new West Division Police Headquarters on Gerry Richardson Way, off Clifton Road, on Monday 23 July. As well as a front counter, the headquarters provides a base for some of the local policing and immediate response teams, an investigations hub and 42 custody cells.
A date has yet to be identified but it remains likely that Blackpool South Police Station will close within the next few months after it was identified as surplus to operational requirements.