Expect to see more police on bikes around Manly soon as the New Northern Beaches Local Area Command moves into action. Good wins for Manly include a 34 strong beach unit based here to target alcohol-related violence and crime.
While the main Command will be based at Dee Why there will be more police in specialist and general duties based in Manly.
It is expected the Manly Police Station, which is currently undergoing an $5m renovation, will be operating again within the next 18 months. In the meantime, the Station in Sydney Road will remain fully functional.
The decision that the Manly Station will be the custody station for the Northern Beaches with overnight cells for holding offenders is welcomed news. (At the moment offenders have to be taken to the city, escorted by two police officers).
Local Area Commander, Dave Dacy, has undertaken to review the new arrangements, which are expected to take effect in early November, after six months to ensure that the Manly community believe the policing needs of the area are being met.
The latest design proposal for Police Station
_Update: 21/1/12. The government's Joint Regional Planning Panel approved the updated $9.65m four storey development of the heritage-listed Police Station this week.
The previous proposal of a more modern-looking seven storey redevelopment (see picture below) caused community outcry that it was too large and not in keeping with the historic significance of the site and its surrounding buildings, was fortunately shelved resulting in a more appropriate redevelopment being approved.
Old design was seen as inappropriate for the site.
The recent design to upgrade the old Police Station in the 1920s historic streetscape of Belgrave Street by building a seven storey masonry tower has gone back to the drawing boards following an outcry from locals. Working together Manly Council and local member Mike Baird have instigated a far better outcome for this important site.
The latest design has been reduced to a more appropriate four storey building with parking underground. The style will be more in keeping with its historic surrounds of the old court house and Town Hall.
Excellent outcome! We look forward to seeing the new proposal.
Candy Bingham, Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.