A LAST-DITCH attempt to stop the sale of Mossley Police Station and retain the building for community use has been launched.
The historic Argyle St ‘cop shop’ will be auctioned on April 21 unless a business plan submitted to Greater Manchester Police on behalf of Mossley Town Council is approved.
Councillor Lesley Ann Bill, the Mayor of Mossley, wants GMP to accept a peppercorn rent for the 160-year-old premises and lease them back to the town.
However, local police presence, headed by PC Martin Dench, has transferred to Mossley Fire Station and started operating from there from the start of March.
Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner, joined Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Dukinfield and Longdendale plus representatives of both emergency services in top Mossley to officially mark the occasion.
“Mossley Town Council have put forward a business plan and are meeting with our chief executive for discussions,” confirmed Lloyd.
“But this move is great. The old station was not fit for policing in the area but they are now in a more modern building and that is better for both the officers and the community.
“It is in a great position and helps the officers work better together with all the services linked in one place.
“It is also better for tax payers as it saves them money as we are no longer paying to run two buildings.”
PC Dench, supported by two Police Community Service Officers, said of the transfer of sites: “For me, there are massive benefits and I am looking forward to the changes.
“We have a fantastic relationship with our fire service colleagues and have worked on other things in the past.
“The old place has been here since the year dot and it is a great building. So, it is sad to leave because we’ve got some great memories. However, times change and we have to move on.”
Inspector Kris Jura added: “The move presents a really great opportunity to join up with our fire service colleagues in a building that is still iconic for the community and has very easy access.”
Councillor Bill told this month’s Town Council meeting: “The list of possibilities for use of the building is endless. There would be a lot of funding opportunities available if we acquire it.”
Mossley is the last of four stations to be sold by GMP after the disposals of facilities at Northenden, Ramsbottom and Failsworth as cost cutting measures.