CORRINGHAM police station is to be sold off for housing, Essex Police has announced.
The station – which was used until November as a base for local officers and the Thurrock Youth Offending Service – will be placed on the open market, the force said.
Residents who wish to visit a police station must now travel to Grays, where the counter is open between 9am and 5pm.
Essex Police will seek outline planning permission for ’residential use’ at the police station site, to ’progress the sale’.
A force spokesman said: “Gaining planning permission will allow the site to be sold for the best possible price and money generated by the sale can then be used to prevent and fight crime more effectively.”
Government budget cuts mean the force must reduce its estate from 80 buildings to 30.
The current estate costs £10million per year in running costs but maintenance works needed on many of the buildings would cost £30million, police have claimed.
Chief Inspector Richard Baxter, District Commander for Thurrock, said: “We know the Corringham community want local, visible policing and Corringham will continue to be policed by dedicated officers.”
Tory police commissioner Roger Hirst said: “We need to invest in a modern police force, where officers can spend more time out in their communities – not in stations, completing paperwork.
“By rationalising our estate and investing in technology we can give our officers the tools to log and register crimes while they are out and about. We can help them become more visible and deliver a better service to the public.”