Lucky bidding hopes for old police station building

OFFERS: Fulwood Police Station goes under the hammer today
OFFERS: Fulwood Police Station goes under the hammer today
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The empty shell of a neighbourhood police station is to be auctioned off.

Fulwood Police station on Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston, is on offer to bidders at a guide price of £300,000.

The two storey building had served the community for more than a century.

It was locked up for the last time in May as part of a wave of proposed closures of village police stations, following drastic cuts to Lancashire Police’s budget.

The station, which housed 25 officers, is to be sold off after the decision was made two years ago to close it.

Sgt Anne Otter, who is Fulwood’s neighbourhood policing sergeant, said: “It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the building.

“It was a small friendly community station and it was sad to leave.”

The vacant detached building is approximately 584.30 square metres and has a rear car park for up to 15 cars.

On its website, Pugh auctioneers said it had “discussed the potential for a change of use of the property to a variety of uses with the Local Planning Office and they have verbally suggested that the property may be suitable for a variety of uses, including residential, subject to gaining the necessary consents.”

It currently has permission to be used as offices and mixed use.

The auction will take place at noon today at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

During the same auction a former children’s home on Watling Street Road will also be auctioned, with a guide price of £350,000.

It has a kitchen and utility room, reception rooms, four bedrooms, residential rooms and a basement.

Up to 10 vehicles can be accommodated on the site.