New home for Filey Police Station

An official opening ceremony has been held to mark the much-anticipated relocation of Filey Police Station to the Evron Centre.

Police officers and invited guests gathered for the event, which featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches.

Jane Kenyon, chairman of North Yorkshire Police Authority, declared the new station open and said: “I congratulate everybody who has been a part of this project.

“It has worked well in other areas and I’m sure it will here.

“We have some very special officers here in Filey and they now have a new home at the heart of the community.”

Temporary chief constable Tim Madgwick explained that the move from Murray Street to the Evron Centre had come about due to the need for a more modern building.

He added that a substantial amount of money will be saved, as continuing the run the service from an outdated building would have been more expensive.

Mr Madgwick said: “We knew we wanted a continued presence in Filey, but we had a very old building, which was not the most inspiring place to be working in.

“This building has the right accesibility for people and if you can bring them into a bright, airy room, it feels more comfortable.”

He added that the move will not affect the service received by the public - and that it may well help bring about improvements.

Mr Madgwick said: “We’re not standing still. We’re making informed choices. Staff are already commenting on the new working environment.”

The move will enable the force to provide the same policing service for the town in a sustainable building with reduced running costs, while at the same time, reducing its carbon footprint.

It is part of the Force’s Estates Transformation Programme, which has seen all of the buildings assessed for their suitability to support the demands of modern policing.