Sussex Police have said the new Police Station in Crowborough, at the former Town Hall on The Broadway, will open on Wednesday 8th September from 12 noon.
The old station on Crowborough Hill will close to the public at 2pm on Friday 3rd September. Sussex Police have said if you want to visit a police station in person during the time of the move), the next nearest station is at Uckfield (open Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th, 10am until 2pm).
Crowborough Town Hall was purchased by Sussex Police for £315,000 plus fees and a further £345,000 has been spent on planning costs, refurbishment, furniture and IT.
In early 2020, the Office of the Sussex Police& Crime Commissioner ran a survey asking residents what services people would like delivered from the new police station.
Sale of former police station on Crowborough Hill
The current police station, garages and adjacent police houses have gone on the market for a guide price of £1,250,000. The money from the sale will be reinvested in policing. The sales brochure states the buyer could either convert & refurbish the existing buildings or demolish and re-develop the 0.5 acre site.
In 2015 Crowborough Life submitted a Freedom of Information request to find-out whether any covenants or legal restrictions exist which might restrict the sale. The land was transferred to East Sussex County Council in June 1908 by Francis William Connor and Edward Joseph Connor (the Connor Brothers). Whilst there are restrictions on use of the land for certain industries (such as manufacture and operating machinery, excavation and mining), in their reply Sussex Police said:
overall it can be concluded that there are no legal restrictions apparent from the Property Deeds on the Police’s ability to sell the site.Sussex Police FOI
If you have more information about the history please email Stephan@CrowboroughLife.com.
Since the article was first published on 27th August, costs of buying and refurbishing the new Police Station were added along with information about the sale of the old building.