Police house is set to go ‘under the hammer’

Chipping Police House
Chipping Police House
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A rural police house will go under the hammer next month and is set to sell for up to £225,000.

The property in Garstang Road, Chipping, is being sold as part of an estates review which was launched by police bosses in 2011.

The house is one of 18 that was earmarked for sale as part of a bid to help the force save money.

Its guide price is between £200,000 and £225,000.

The decision was made by the Lancashire Police Authority, the body in place before Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw took office.

Commercial auctioneers Pugh and Company will sell the three-bedroom house at a Manchester auction on June 13.

The police house was used as a base for officers, but was not open to the public.

The property fronts on to Garstang Road at the intersection with Broad Meadow, approximately 200 metres from the centre of Chipping.

It has a front and back garden, a garage and also a driveway.

Mr Grunshaw said: “Chipping police house was identified for disposal following the 2011 front counter estates review.

“The review was undertaken by Lancashire Police Authority and Lancashire Constabulary as part of the wider programme to find £43m of savings by 2015 as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

“The Police and Crime Commissioner is discharging the strategy of the former police authority and can confirm that the proceeds of the sale will be used to fund the Police and Crime Commissioner capital programme.”

The decision was made at the same time approval was given for the closure of 14 front counters across Lancashire.

They closed in June last year.