THE new police custody suite in Salfords is already Â£3.3 million over budget.
Despite the spiralling cost of the Salbrook Road Industrial Estate centre, Surrey Police has urged Surrey Police Authority to continue to back the plans in a report filed before their meeting today (Thursday).
Soaring building costs have hiked the total cost to Â£7.7 million, but in his report Surrey Police Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Kirkby, who is overseeing the project, says Salfords remains the only viable option for the force’s new custody suite.
He said: “The Salfords modular proposal remains the most practical option to meet the challenge of rectifying the capacity shortfall within a reasonable timescale and without significantly disrupting operational policing in east Surrey. It also remains the most cost effective.”
Though the report admits new cells at Reigate Police Station “appears to be the obvious and operationally most suitable choice”, it says the option is too expensive and would disrupt police services.
Plans for the custody suite were widely condemned by the local community. But Salfords and Sidlow Parish Council clerk Claire Minter said: “We have resigned ourselves to the fact that the custody suite is going to happen.”
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