Mystery bidder pays £110K for Bacup Police Station

Mystery bidder pays £110K for Bacup Police Station

SETTING The police station

Juliet Bravo

First published in North West The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by

A MYSTERY bidder has paid out £110,000 to buy Bacup Police Station.

Conservationists have now called for the disused site to be preserved after it was snapped up at an auction in Manchester.

Lancashire police moved staff out of the Bank Street station after dry rot was discovered in October 2010 and plans to sell it off were revealed last November.

The station, next to the town’s old market hall, is known by millions of TV fans as the backdrop for the police crime drama Juliet Bravo.

Pioneering female police inspector Jean D’Arblay was ‘based’ at the station, in the fictional town of Hartley, in the early 80s.

Cathy Fishwick, secretary of Rossendale Civic Trust, believes the presence of heritage with the town needs to be respected.

She said: “It’s always a risk for people who buy historic buildings to do so without any planning permission in place.

“Ideally it would be nice for the town to still have a police station but that ship has already sailed.

“We would welcome it if the people who have bought it did their best to maintain its traditional look. It might not be up to standard on the inside but the outside is very attractive.”

Rossendale Council planning manager Neil Birtles said there had been a number of enquiries before the auction by developers wanting to turn the station into housing.

He said: “Any planning permission sought would of course be subject to Bacup’s status as a Urban Conservation Area.

“I would expect an application in the near future.”

Auctioneers Pugh & Company would not name the successful bidder.

The station was one of six which were sold on behalf of Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester police forces.

Stations in Ambleside, Kirkby Stephen, Cockermouth and Cleator Moor, in Cumbria, and Ince in Wigan also went under the hammer as police forces look to make savings.

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4:45pm Thu 12 Jul 12

The-Jerome-and-Steve-Show says...

Looks a good size to become a community or relegious centre????????
Looks a good size to become a community or relegious centre???????? The-Jerome-and-Steve-Show
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4:49pm Thu 12 Jul 12

Rumpole says...

The-Jerome-and-Steve
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wrote:
Looks a good size to become a community or relegious centre????????
I wonder if the new owners will be putting a policeman's helmet on the roof out of respect for its former status?
[quote][p][bold]The-Jerome-and-Steve -Show[/bold] wrote: Looks a good size to become a community or relegious centre????????[/p][/quote]I wonder if the new owners will be putting a policeman's helmet on the roof out of respect for its former status? Rumpole
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10:17pm Thu 12 Jul 12

pdb951 says...

Bit worrying as we all know who has the money these days
Bit worrying as we all know who has the money these days pdb951
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7:19am Fri 13 Jul 12

anjisan says...

ali oop's?
ali oop's? anjisan
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7:20am Fri 13 Jul 12

anjisan says...

ali oop's?
ali oop's? anjisan
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2:47pm Fri 13 Jul 12

spendmymoneywisely says...

Sadly I suspect that it might be destined to become more housing in line with Government Targets. If so, I hope they at least keep the frontage & give it a suitable name acknowledging its history.
I am surprised that a film company never put in a bid as it was so cheap it would have been worth buying & 'mothballing' for use in period dramas. Hopefully it will at least have a brighter future than the old Cinema.
Sadly I suspect that it might be destined to become more housing in line with Government Targets. If so, I hope they at least keep the frontage & give it a suitable name acknowledging its history. I am surprised that a film company never put in a bid as it was so cheap it would have been worth buying & 'mothballing' for use in period dramas. Hopefully it will at least have a brighter future than the old Cinema. spendmymoneywisely
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4:11pm Fri 13 Jul 12

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

Imagine having to deal with Rossendale Council ? Any idea what's happening to the Market Hall ?
Imagine having to deal with Rossendale Council ? Any idea what's happening to the Market Hall ? disgusted tunbridge wells
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