New police station gets green-light

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PETERHEAD is all set to get a new police station and custody suite after Buchan Area Committee members granted the plans full planning permission on Tuesday.

One objector spoke out, saying the police station is a public service and should be in a more central location and that the proposed location would be “detrimental” to the town centre.

The new site at Catto Way is to the north-west of the town within a mixed use area of industrial, retail and residential properites adjacent to Balmoor Retail Park.

The building will have a two storey police station at the front and a single storey custody block at the back.

At the rear there will be an enclosed area where secure custodies will arrive and staff car parking will also feature.

Also featured in the plans is a security fence which will be placed around the back of the custody suite so surrounding residents will not be affected by noise. The new building will replace the existing Merchant Street station after claims that it is no longer fit for purpose primarily due to the increase in staff numbers.

There were also concerns that officers needed more modern facilities. Space within the building has been designed to be flexible, allowing for smaller working areas to be formed or a large working space suitable to deal with major incidents or operations.

The new station will provide interview rooms and 20 cells which will prevent officers transporting custodies from Peterhead to Fraserburgh which takes up a great deal of local policing officer time.

Catto Way was picked as the most suitable location with unsuitable sites including the former Kirkburn Mills site and the former flat site at the corner of St Peter Street.