Eastbourne Police Station to have a facelift

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Eastbourne’s main police station in Hammonds Drive is to have a £1.5 million facelift.

The Hammonds Drive Operational Base is described as being in a poor condition and improvement work on the prefabricated building is included in a five year plan.

The plans are revealed after a review of more than 100 force buildings - from Lewes HQ to smaller police stations - to look at how Sussex Police can improve service whilst making savings.

Unveiling the plans on Tuesday Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said, “We’ve conducted a complete review to ensure the Sussex Police estate is fit for purpose and fit for the future.

“In the 21st century people access police services in many different ways and so we are looking to reduce the number of out-dated and expensive police stations. We will replace them with community hubs and public contact points where a number of public services can be accessed in one location. It is about putting policing back at the heart of the community.”

The police station in Grove Road has already been earmarked for closure with the few remaining staff being transferred and front counter staff will be based within Eastbourne Borough Council offices at 1 Grove Road. A date has not yet been set for the station to finally close.