Oakham School buys town’s former police station site

Oakham police station is demolished to make way for a new, smaller office. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-141126-095747001
Oakham police station is demolished to make way for a new, smaller office. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-141126-095747001
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The former Oakham Police Station has been bought by Oakham School.

Headmaster at the school Nigel Lashbrook confirmed this week that the school had bought the former police station, following a “period of negotiation”.

He said: “This is a strategically important site for the school, lying as it does at the very centre of our campus.

“Whilst there are no immediate plans for the redevelopment of the site, in the short-term the building will be used by contractors working on Oakham’s new social science faculty as well as the enhancements​ we are making to our sports hall.

“As soon as we know our future plans and proposed developments for the site, we will keep the school and wider community informed.”

Police officers have been based at a smaller office in the station car park since earlier this year and there is a front inquiry desk, which has been open to members of the public at Rutland County Council offices since January.

Leicestershire Police decided in 2013 to build the smaller police station to save on operating costs. It followed research by the force that showed fewer people were visiting police stations across the force area.

As a result, a number of front enquiry desks were moved to new locations to better match demand.