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Holyhead’s ‘tired’ 1970s police station building set for demolition

Holyhead Police Station (Pic: Anglesey County Council Planning Documents)

A PLAN to demolish Holyhead’s “tired” 1970s police station building will come before council planners.

An application has been received by Anglesey county council for permission to knock down the old station on Stanley Street.

It has been submitted by the office of the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin, through agent Ian Poole.

The application calls for the demolition of the building which is on a 0.15 hectare site in the centre of Holyhead. Although the site address is Newry Street, access to the station and rear car park is off Summer Hill to the south of the site.

The proposed Holyhead Police Station which gained planning permission last year (Pic: Anglesey County Council planning documents)

Planning permission for a new, modern station building was granted with conditions by planners back in November, 2023, although work is yet to start.

The previous application concerned the erection of a new station comprising of a two and part-three storey building with associated car parking and landscaped areas.

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“The application site formerly accommodated the Newry Community Centre (use class F2), which was demolished in 2022,” the plans described.

The plans also stated that the new police station (use class Sui Generis) was proposed to replace the outdated existing station which lies adjacent to the application site.A new access road also formed part of that earlier application.

Plans have stated that the existing 50 year old building was” no longer suitable to accommodate the needs of a 21st century force.”

And “in line with North Wales Police’s commitment to the town, it required major investment” the proposal stated.

The old building was described as being “not significant” in architectural terms, nor was it listed.

“The existing four-storey building has come to the end of its design life and, despite being maintained well, it bears a tired presence over the town centre.” The proposals said.

The old building had contained accommodation including custody cells, which were no longer required operationally and were considered “unsuitable for viable conversion.”

The plans also noted “It is proposed that the building, including cell areas, will be demolished in a single phase of works.”

The demolition management plan describes the hours of operation stating:

“It is proposed to undertake the works during the following hours of operation; Monday to Friday 0800-1700hrs.

“Saturday Not permitted without prior notice and Sunday and Public Holidays Not permitted without prior notice.

“No works will occur outside the hours nominated above unless without prior approval by the consent of the Authority.

Although, it noted: “…deliveries of heavy machinery may be required outside of the proposed hours.”

The  plans also stated, it was “anticipated that all asbestos contained materials (ACM) would be removed and disposed of by a specialist UKAS approved laboratory contractor, prior to any works being carried out by the contractor”.

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