A police and fire service hub for Oundle had its official opening today.
The historic Fletton House building, which was built as an infirmary in 1900 but is now owned by Oundle Town Council, has recently undergone a major refurbishment programme and now provides a home for a wide range of community groups as well as the police and fire officers.
The police and fire hub inside the building was officially opened today by assistant chief constable Rachel Swann and the former high sherriff of Northamptonshire, Anne Burnett.
Asst Chief Con Swan said: “This new facility gives the people of Oundle wonderful access to the police and fire services in a building which is also home to a number of other facilities and agencies, such as Oundle Town Council and East Northamptonshire Council.
“It will bring officers right into the heart of the community.
“I am particularly pleased about that as we had to close the front counter at Oundle Police Station in April.
“This new facility will mean that despite this, we’ll still be able to meet with the public and listen to their concerns and problems.”
As well as the public sector organisations, Fletton House also has meeting rooms, a dance studio, an arts and crafts room, a nursery, a youth club and a cafe.
The former high sherriff of Northamptonshire, Anne Burnett, who lives close to Oundle, welcomed the police’s move into the building.
She said: “This will certainly allay people’s concerns that there would be no police presence in Oundle following the closure of the front desk in April.
“By having an office in Fletton House, the police will be able to engage well with the community.
“It’s a positive move for Oundle.”
Fletton House is also opposite the existing Oundle police station, which will remain an operational base for officers in the town.