MOSSLEY Police Station will go under the hammer on April 21 after failed last ditch talks to keep the historic Argyle Street premises for community use.
A delegation of Mossley councillors, including Mayor Lesley Bill, met officials from Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd’s office to discuss the possibility of renting the building back from Greater Manchester Police.
But the cash-strapped authority is pressing ahead with the sale and the top Mossley ‘cop shop’ will be auctioned as planned at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium later this month.
The sale of three other Greater Manchester stations realised nearly £650,000. And in the first two weeks of being listed Mossley’s guide price rose from £80,000 to £110,000.
Nearly 40 potential buyers have expressed interest in the 160-year-old premises, including out buildings once used as a mortuary.
“They were really keen on our ideas and proposals,” Councillor Bill told the April Town Council meeting on Wednesday night. “In the end they decided not to lease it to us.
“But they promised to look at the possibility of allowing us to use a room at the Fire Station for the community.
“They told us to keep nagging them about it. And I am the best nagger in the world,” laughed Councillor Bill. “At least we tried.”
Mossley’s police presence, headed up by PC Martin Dench, is now sharing a base with the Fire Service.
Earlier this month, the Correspondent’s editor Trevor Baxter got inside the police station for a closer look. Read the full article and see pictures here.