Council insist police station will remain open in bid to tackle homelessness - The Coventry Observer

Council insist police station will remain open in bid to tackle homelessness

Coventry Editorial 14th Feb, 2024   0

COUNCIL chiefs have assured Coventrians West Midlands Police Station is set to stay open after the authority had a bid accepted to buy an unused building next door.

The police accommodation building next to the station on Chace Avenue has been unused for many years.

The building, which was previously used to accommodate single police officers, is set to be sold by West Midlands Police, which has accepted a bid from the council to buy it.

Despite this change, the council has assured people the police station will remain open.

The authority plans to use the building next door as temporary accommodation for single people in a bid to tackle homelessness.

The council said it was doing this to fulfil its legal duty to provide accommodation to eligible homeless people in priority need.




Officers claim there has been a spike in demand for the authority’s housing and homelessness service.

At any given time, there are more than 1,100 families or single people in temporary accommodation.


Each week the council is contacted by almost 200 people worried about or facing the threat of homelessness.

Coventrians living in Binley and Willenhall will now have a chance to have their say on the project.

A three-hour open consultation session will take place from 4pm at Willenhall Library.

A consultation page has also been made available online.

Visit letstalk.coventry.gov.uk/chace-avenue for more information and to have your say.

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