North Suffolk council’s concerns over unused police houses

PUBLISHED: 18:15 12 December 2012

Hartismere Hospital

Hartismere Hospital

A north Suffolk town council will be writing to the new Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner to express concerns about the future of two former police houses in the town.

Eye Town Council is to write to Tim Passmore, who was elected to the new role on November 15, to call for the houses, part of the former Eye police station in Victoria Hill, to be saved after police moved to a new site at The Lodge at Hartismere Hospital.

Town councillor Charles Flatman said he wanted the empty properties to be used to reduce the number of people awaiting homes on the council’s housing register, possibly by passing the homes into the hands of a housing association.

The houses, which have stood unoccupied for 16 years, used to be the home of senior police officers based at the station.

Mr Flatman said: “I think it is an outrage that when people need houses these two houses have stood empty and I have asked the town council to write to the police commissioner to ask him to bring some sort of pressure to bear.

“I hope now that that whole site will be developed and will be taken over by a housing association.”

On Monday, the police moved into The Lodge at the hospital, which reopened on June 30 as a health and care centre following a £1.5m refurbishment.

The move is part of cost cutting measures to lower the cost of premises and save front line officers, but will not affect policing cover in the town.

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