A FORMER police station in Cricklade has been secured for a community benefit society.

Cricklade Development Foundation was told last week its bid to buy and protect the property had been successful.

It plans to do an exterior redesign and looking to retain it for commercial use for the community and to improve local employment opportunities.

Office of Police & Crime Commissioners chief executive Kieran Kilgallen, said: “We are delighted that CDF has secured the former police building and will be developing this for the benefit of their community. Plans for the property which will ensure it continues to be at the heart of Cricklade’s community are commendable and we look forward to seeing those plans develop and come to fruition.

“We know that news of any sales of police estate will raise questions but the sale of former stations no longer required for 21st century policing is one of the last steps in the estates strategy. These sites are no longer required for modern-day policing and all capital will be reinvested in improving facilities and ensuring frontline staff have what they need to keep communities safe and operate effectively in the years to come.”

Ruth Szybiak, chair of CDF, added: “Cricklade Police Station is at the heart of our community here in Cricklade High Street. The Society is absolutely delighted to be able to secure the property for the future use of the community in line with Cricklade’s Neighbourhood Plan.