I am responsible for the Dyfed-Powys’ estate and am part-way through implementing an estates programme for Dyfed-Powys Police’s land and buildings. The strategic aim of this programme is to provide a cost effective and operationally relevant estate that supports and complements the services we provide to the community.
An extensive review has been undertaken to consider the provision of the existing facilities and the main focus over the coming two years will be the:
- Refurbishment of properties to bring them back in line with full operational effectiveness.
- Sale of vacant and redundant properties.
- Acquisition of land and construction of the Carmarthenshire Custody Suite.
- Consolidation and collaboration with Local Service Board members and partners.
- Agreement on the future of buildings that might require future major investment.
The current estate is tired and in need of significant investment. This was acknowledged and formally addressed through the allocation of funding and the appointment of the Estates Project team led by the Director of Estates. The process commenced in 2015 with a full condition survey of the whole portfolio. All improvements identified have subsequently been reviewed. A robust strategy has been developed to set out a clear plan of action. In addition, defined governance arrangements have been created to ensure accountable decision making.
Completed works to date:
- New Boilers in Newtown, Aberystwyth, Pembroke Dock, Welshpool, Haverfordwest and Tenby.
- Station Maintenance Projects in Tenby, Saundersfoot, Pembroke Dock Port, Haverfordwest, Llanelli, Carmarthen, Burry Port, Ammanford, Llandysul and Llwynhendy.
Next Scheduled Stations for maintenance or refurbishment:
- Crosshands, Aberystwyth, Narberth and Llandovery.
All progress is reviewed monthly at the Estates Project Board meeting which consists of two senior Force representatives along with the estates Director and OPCC Chief Finance Officer. Project related decisions are reviewed, approved and noted in this meeting.
Decisions which require further approval are taken from the Project Estates Board to the Policing Board for the Chief Constable and I to consider.
I am committed to modernising the estate during my time as Commissioner and I look forward to working with the Chief Constable to explore innovative ideas that support both the operational needs of the Force and the needs of our communities.