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Cheshire police and fire HQs merger approved

  • 12-12-2015

Cheshire's fire and police chiefs have backed plans to operate out of a single headquarters.

The approval in principle was made on Wednesday at separate meetings held by Cheshire Fire Authority and the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

The plans involve bringing together most of the back office and professional services to support both at a shared site by April 2018.

It is estimated the new base could save £1.465m each year.

The total costs of the collaboration and setting up the joint headquarters at Clemonds Hey are estimated at £6.6m.

"This is an ambitious and challenging programme but it is one which we all believe offers us the best chance of continuing to protect and improve the safety of the communities we serve," said Fire Authority chairman Councillor John Joyce.

Cheshire's Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer said both organisations would be able to learn from each other adding: "More importantly, it will help us to work more closely together, which, as we saw from the Bosley tragedy, is incredibly important."

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