POLICE could leave their ageing Northwich station and move to a new public sector hub at Weaver Square – but only if it works for the force.

Cheshire West and Chester Council wants a hub to feature as a key part of its regeneration plans for Weaver Square.

Borough chiefs have invited Cheshire Police to get involved, in a move that would allow the existing station, in Chesterway, to be demolished for further redevelopment.

David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, has now given his support for the proposal – provided it represents value for money and would give officers the space they need to carry out their duties.

He told the Guardian: “As police and crime commissioner, I am fully committed to working with partners to share estates that make policing more accessible to the public where it benefits public finances and operational delivery.”

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The building could follow the model of Wyvern House, in Winsford – which includes services such as Citizens Advice, Jobcentre Plus and Weaver Vale Housing Trust – while a similar hub is proposed for Ellesmere Port without the police’s involvement.

But the council hopes the Northwich site could also feature police and NHS services – with Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust suggesting last year it would consider moving services there from Victoria Infirmary.

Town centre ward Cllr Sam Naylor, Labour CWAC member for Northwich Witton, said: “The public sector hub is the the centrepiece, or the icing on the cake, in terms of the Weaver Square development.

“I think it would spoil the party to a certain extent if, say, the police did not come on board with the vision of the public sector hub.

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“The police station’s two ugly sisters have already been demolished – the magistrates’ court and the social services offices, which were built at the same time.

“It is not going to fly really in my opinion if that old, not-in-keeping building remains.”

CWAC held public consultation on its most recent plans for Weaver Square – including the hub, an Altrincham Market-style hall and up to 160 new homes – last summer.

A CWAC spokesman said: “Hundreds of local people from Northwich and the surrounding area responded to the Weaver Square masterplan consultation back in 2018, that set out potential new plans for the area.

“As a result we received lots of interesting ideas, which the council is continuing to explore with its partners.

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“Over the coming months we hope to be able to share with local residents the outcome of these discussions, which could potentially lead to changes to the original masterplan.

“It has always been the council’s intention to create something on the Weaver Square site that complements both the development at Barons Quay and the rich history of the town and which could bring new residential development, improved outdoor spaces, a food and retail offer and a public services hub.”