A police station at the heart of a Sheffield community for decades is to close.
Ageing Hammerton Road station in Hillsborough has been deemed ‘no longer fit for purpose’.
The local neighbourhood policing team based there will relocate to Kenyon Street, off Broad Lane, this autumn while plans for a new police building in Hillsborough are explored.
Sheffield’s District Commander, Chief Superintendent David Hartley, said he expects a new police building to open within two years.
He said the closure of Hammerton Road, which does not have a public enquiry desk, would not affect the way residents can contact the force.
“While it has been a fantastic servant to the force over many years, Hammerton Road police station is an ageing building and is no longer fit for purpose,” he said.
“I’ve commissioned a project team looking at a number of options for a new police building to be situated in the same area, serving the local community.
“The only staff still working at Hammerton Road are officers from the local safer neighbourhood team and they are due to relocate this autumn, on a temporary basis, to Hayes House, an existing South Yorkshire Police building on Kenyon Street that is less than two miles away.
“Given improvements to mobile technology, we’re confident that this temporary relocation will have a minimal impact on the local community.
“South Yorkshire Police has to save a significant amount of money but at the same time, we need to make sure our officers are appropriately equipped to perform their roles, operating from the most suitable locations to meet the needs of local people.”