Leader lobbied on police station

Jonathan Gilpin - wants to buy the old police station in Aylesbury and turn into a high end nightspot
Jonathan Gilpin - wants to buy the old police station in Aylesbury and turn into a high end nightspot

Campaigners who want to stop the partial demolition of Aylesbury’s Old Police Station met with council leader Martin Tett to state their case.

During the meeting Jonathan Gilpin and George Entecott asked Mr Tett to think again on plans to destroy part of the building to make way for what they say is just 15 car parking spaces in Exchange Street.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Gilpin said: “I wasn’t expecting a sudden Eureka moment, because the 
council does have to save face.

“But we asked Mr Tett if we could speak to the scheme’s planners and the people that made the decision and he said he would think about it.”

Mr Gilpin has previously said that he would like to turn the Old Police Station into a high end nightspot.

He says that he would like to make a feature out of the old cells and the station’s Great Train Robbery history as 
Ronnie Biggs was taken there following his arrest.

A petition to save the police station has already received nearly 2,000 signatures, more than the number of people who took part in the original public consultation on the scheme.

And Mr Tett said after the meeting that he was happy to engage with the campaigners, andsaid that although he would not make any promises, he would have another look at the plans.

He said: “I think it was a good meeting and we have to look holistically at the whole town centre, making sure we protect historic buildings is absolutely essential.

“What I said at the meeting is that I am not a cultural 
vandal, the history is what makes Aylesbury what it is.

“But I don’t think the Old Police Station is quite in the same league as the Judges Lodgings quite frankly.”