Cambs police station to have new shared role as day care centre

Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police - Credit: Archant

POLICE in St Ives could soon be sharing their base with a day care centre for people with disabilities.

The police station in Broad Leas was identified last September as being under-used and highlighted as a space to share with a community group.

The Cambridgeshire Learning Disability Partnership asked Sir Graham Bright, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime commissioner, whether they could share the space.

Sir Graham is believed to have accepted the plans – charging £16,000 a year to the tenant – but nothing has yet been confirmed.

A spokesman for the Cambridgeshire Learning Disability Partnership said that using part of the police station would enhance care provided to residents with learning disabilities.

He added: “We are in ongoing discussion with Cambridgeshire police about the possibility of sharing accommodation at St Ives police station which is currently under used. The police station accommodation would enable us to provide high class day services and support for local people with learning disabilities within their local community.

“Currently provision is provided in accommodation which falls well short of modern standards and the expectations of services users, parents and carers and we have been looking for some time for a new location which would enable us to modernise how and where we provide day services for people with a range of learning disabilities.”

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A move is expected to be made before the end of the year.

Cambridgeshire police said nothing had been decided as yet but confirmed St Ives was one of the stations identified as under-used.