Hampshire Constabulary sell unused £10m Alpha Park HQ building at a loss

Alpha Park in Chandler's Ford

Alpha Park in Chandler's Ford

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THE £10m building bought by police to use as a new headquarters - but never used - has now been sold at a loss.

Hampshire Constabulary spent £9.6m on Alpha Park in Chandler's Ford and spent another £1.8m on the site before deciding it was not "fit for purpose".

It would have cost over £15m to refurbish the building, so it has stood empty for over five years.

Hampshire Constabulary has not said what it has sold Alpha Park for.

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5:20pm Wed 22 Jan 14

__KTF__ says...

If its not known what it was sold for, then how does the Echo know it was sold at a loss?
If its not known what it was sold for, then how does the Echo know it was sold at a loss? __KTF__
  • Score: 18

5:30pm Wed 22 Jan 14

03alpe01 says...

perfect ice rink site!
perfect ice rink site! 03alpe01
  • Score: -1

6:29pm Wed 22 Jan 14

loosehead says...

Wasn't Cllr Rayment on the board that bought this WHITE ELEPHANT that's now cost us or should I say Hampshire their local police force/community officers?
Wasn't Cllr Rayment on the board that bought this WHITE ELEPHANT that's now cost us or should I say Hampshire their local police force/community officers? loosehead
  • Score: 6

7:46pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Linesman says...

loosehead wrote:
Wasn't Cllr Rayment on the board that bought this WHITE ELEPHANT that's now cost us or should I say Hampshire their local police force/community officers?
As this was purchased by Hampshire County Council, which has been Tory controlled since King Alfred popped his clogs, I imagine that Councillor Rayment was the token Labour member, who had little influence on the decision reached.

It would appear that this White Elephant was being lined up by Royston Smith to become a breeding pair with his own White Elephant.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Wasn't Cllr Rayment on the board that bought this WHITE ELEPHANT that's now cost us or should I say Hampshire their local police force/community officers?[/p][/quote]As this was purchased by Hampshire County Council, which has been Tory controlled since King Alfred popped his clogs, I imagine that Councillor Rayment was the token Labour member, who had little influence on the decision reached. It would appear that this White Elephant was being lined up by Royston Smith to become a breeding pair with his own White Elephant. Linesman
  • Score: -11

8:04pm Wed 22 Jan 14

sparkster says...

what a complete and utter waste of taxpayers money
what a complete and utter waste of taxpayers money sparkster
  • Score: 9

9:25pm Wed 22 Jan 14

loosehead says...

this building was wanted by the police board & it's the Police authority that's selling it at a loss.
THE £10m building bought by police to use as a new headquarters - but never used - has now been sold at a loss.
where does it say this was bought by Hampshire council?
this building was wanted by the police board & it's the Police authority that's selling it at a loss. THE £10m building bought by police to use as a new headquarters - but never used - has now been sold at a loss. where does it say this was bought by Hampshire council? loosehead
  • Score: 5

11:31pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote: Wasn't Cllr Rayment on the board that bought this WHITE ELEPHANT that's now cost us or should I say Hampshire their local police force/community officers?
As this was purchased by Hampshire County Council, which has been Tory controlled since King Alfred popped his clogs, I imagine that Councillor Rayment was the token Labour member, who had little influence on the decision reached. It would appear that this White Elephant was being lined up by Royston Smith to become a breeding pair with his own White Elephant.
Sir please get your facts right. Hampshire County Council has not been always under Tory control.

For example from 1993 till 1997 it was run by your favourite party, the NuLabour, and Liberal Democrats.

All the NuLabour councillors bar me and one other, had jumped in bed with Lib-Dems although it was against the policy of National Executive. But certain Bill Wheeler wrote complete lie to the then Chair of NEC to get local betrayal cleared by her. For refusing to be part of coalition with Lib-Dems Bill Wheeler who was the Leader of Labour Group and his deputy, my own friend, Alan Lloyd made sure I was expelled from the Labour Group. Strangely few years later they were so crazy that they forgot their own shameless affair with Lib-Dems and invited me to a meeting to withdraw Labour whip, because I had taken the lid of Labour Party's hypocrisy of paying lip service to issue of race.

You are also wrong about Hampshire County Councilm buying the property in this news item. It was bought by Hampshire Police Authority of which NuLabour Cllr. Jacqui Rayment was http://www.dailyecho
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s Chair. It was purchased against the advice of officers. Wonder why?

By the way you should know Cllr. J Rayment, the same lady who along with certain Leader of Southampton Council Richard Williams became notorious for telling fibs to press and Southampton Council.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Wasn't Cllr Rayment on the board that bought this WHITE ELEPHANT that's now cost us or should I say Hampshire their local police force/community officers?[/p][/quote]As this was purchased by Hampshire County Council, which has been Tory controlled since King Alfred popped his clogs, I imagine that Councillor Rayment was the token Labour member, who had little influence on the decision reached. It would appear that this White Elephant was being lined up by Royston Smith to become a breeding pair with his own White Elephant.[/p][/quote]Sir please get your facts right. Hampshire County Council has not been always under Tory control. For example from 1993 till 1997 it was run by your favourite party, the NuLabour, and Liberal Democrats. All the NuLabour councillors bar me and one other, had jumped in bed with Lib-Dems although it was against the policy of National Executive. But certain Bill Wheeler wrote complete lie to the then Chair of NEC to get local betrayal cleared by her. For refusing to be part of coalition with Lib-Dems Bill Wheeler who was the Leader of Labour Group and his deputy, my own friend, Alan Lloyd made sure I was expelled from the Labour Group. Strangely few years later they were so crazy that they forgot their own shameless affair with Lib-Dems and invited me to a meeting to withdraw Labour whip, because I had taken the lid of Labour Party's hypocrisy of paying lip service to issue of race. You are also wrong about Hampshire County Councilm buying the property in this news item. It was bought by Hampshire Police Authority of which NuLabour Cllr. Jacqui Rayment was http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10956114 .__10m_community_hub _to_close_costing_23 _jobs/?action=succes s Chair. It was purchased against the advice of officers. Wonder why? By the way you should know Cllr. J Rayment, the same lady who along with certain Leader of Southampton Council Richard Williams became notorious for telling fibs to press and Southampton Council. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 7

11:34pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote: Wasn't Cllr Rayment on the board that bought this WHITE ELEPHANT that's now cost us or should I say Hampshire their local police force/community officers?
As this was purchased by Hampshire County Council, which has been Tory controlled since King Alfred popped his clogs, I imagine that Councillor Rayment was the token Labour member, who had little influence on the decision reached. It would appear that this White Elephant was being lined up by Royston Smith to become a breeding pair with his own White Elephant.
Sir please get your facts right. Hampshire County Council has not been always under Tory control. For example from 1993 till 1997 it was run by your favourite party, the NuLabour, and Liberal Democrats. All the NuLabour councillors bar me and one other, had jumped in bed with Lib-Dems although it was against the policy of National Executive. But certain Bill Wheeler wrote complete lie to the then Chair of NEC to get local betrayal cleared by her. For refusing to be part of coalition with Lib-Dems Bill Wheeler who was the Leader of Labour Group and his deputy, my own friend, Alan Lloyd made sure I was expelled from the Labour Group. Strangely few years later they were so crazy that they forgot their own shameless affair with Lib-Dems and invited me to a meeting to withdraw Labour whip, because I had taken the lid of Labour Party's hypocrisy of paying lip service to issue of race. You are also wrong about Hampshire County Councilm buying the property in this news item. It was bought by Hampshire Police Authority of which NuLabour Cllr. Jacqui Rayment was http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10956114 .__10m_community_hub _to_close_costing_23 _jobs/?action=succes s Chair. It was purchased against the advice of officers. Wonder why? By the way you should know Cllr. J Rayment, the same lady who along with certain Leader of Southampton Council Richard Williams became notorious for telling fibs to press and Southampton Council.
Sorry about the link that got inserted with mistake on touch screen.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Wasn't Cllr Rayment on the board that bought this WHITE ELEPHANT that's now cost us or should I say Hampshire their local police force/community officers?[/p][/quote]As this was purchased by Hampshire County Council, which has been Tory controlled since King Alfred popped his clogs, I imagine that Councillor Rayment was the token Labour member, who had little influence on the decision reached. It would appear that this White Elephant was being lined up by Royston Smith to become a breeding pair with his own White Elephant.[/p][/quote]Sir please get your facts right. Hampshire County Council has not been always under Tory control. For example from 1993 till 1997 it was run by your favourite party, the NuLabour, and Liberal Democrats. All the NuLabour councillors bar me and one other, had jumped in bed with Lib-Dems although it was against the policy of National Executive. But certain Bill Wheeler wrote complete lie to the then Chair of NEC to get local betrayal cleared by her. For refusing to be part of coalition with Lib-Dems Bill Wheeler who was the Leader of Labour Group and his deputy, my own friend, Alan Lloyd made sure I was expelled from the Labour Group. Strangely few years later they were so crazy that they forgot their own shameless affair with Lib-Dems and invited me to a meeting to withdraw Labour whip, because I had taken the lid of Labour Party's hypocrisy of paying lip service to issue of race. You are also wrong about Hampshire County Councilm buying the property in this news item. It was bought by Hampshire Police Authority of which NuLabour Cllr. Jacqui Rayment was http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10956114 .__10m_community_hub _to_close_costing_23 _jobs/?action=succes s Chair. It was purchased against the advice of officers. Wonder why? By the way you should know Cllr. J Rayment, the same lady who along with certain Leader of Southampton Council Richard Williams became notorious for telling fibs to press and Southampton Council.[/p][/quote]Sorry about the link that got inserted with mistake on touch screen. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 0

12:31am Thu 23 Jan 14

george h says...

Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Wasn't Cllr Rayment on the board that bought this WHITE ELEPHANT that's now cost us or should I say Hampshire their local police force/community officers?
As this was purchased by Hampshire County Council, which has been Tory controlled since King Alfred popped his clogs, I imagine that Councillor Rayment was the token Labour member, who had little influence on the decision reached.

It would appear that this White Elephant was being lined up by Royston Smith to become a breeding pair with his own White Elephant.
Nothing to do with Hampshire County Council old chap. Tories since King A they may be, but they don't control Hampshire Constabulary or the old Police Authority chaired at the time by Rayment. It was her evil influence that persuaded the Police Authority to buy this building against recommendations from the Authority's accounting officer and others. She should be made to make up the loss from her own pocket.

An utter incompetent. In spades!

And now she's been turned loose on the city's transport network.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Wasn't Cllr Rayment on the board that bought this WHITE ELEPHANT that's now cost us or should I say Hampshire their local police force/community officers?[/p][/quote]As this was purchased by Hampshire County Council, which has been Tory controlled since King Alfred popped his clogs, I imagine that Councillor Rayment was the token Labour member, who had little influence on the decision reached. It would appear that this White Elephant was being lined up by Royston Smith to become a breeding pair with his own White Elephant.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with Hampshire County Council old chap. Tories since King A they may be, but they don't control Hampshire Constabulary or the old Police Authority chaired at the time by Rayment. It was her evil influence that persuaded the Police Authority to buy this building against recommendations from the Authority's accounting officer and others. She should be made to make up the loss from her own pocket. An utter incompetent. In spades! And now she's been turned loose on the city's transport network. george h
  • Score: 7

2:05am Thu 23 Jan 14

Mary80 says...

Shouldn't they have made sure it WAS fit for purpose before building it
Shouldn't they have made sure it WAS fit for purpose before building it Mary80
  • Score: 3

7:32am Thu 23 Jan 14

loosehead says...

Mary80 wrote:
Shouldn't they have made sure it WAS fit for purpose before building it
it was already built but yes they should have made sure it was fit for purpose before buying it & then spending money on it for it to still be not up to the job
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Shouldn't they have made sure it WAS fit for purpose before building it[/p][/quote]it was already built but yes they should have made sure it was fit for purpose before buying it & then spending money on it for it to still be not up to the job loosehead
  • Score: 1

8:23am Thu 23 Jan 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

loosehead wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Shouldn't they have made sure it WAS fit for purpose before building it
it was already built but yes they should have made sure it was fit for purpose before buying it & then spending money on it for it to still be not up to the job
Because members of Hampshire Police Authority with NuLabour's Cllr. Jacqui Rayment its Chair were spending millions of public money, not their own, they did not care.

Why did they make that decision against the advice of experts employed by the Police Authority, remains a mystery, so may be there could be something fishy?
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Shouldn't they have made sure it WAS fit for purpose before building it[/p][/quote]it was already built but yes they should have made sure it was fit for purpose before buying it & then spending money on it for it to still be not up to the job[/p][/quote]Because members of Hampshire Police Authority with NuLabour's Cllr. Jacqui Rayment its Chair were spending millions of public money, not their own, they did not care. Why did they make that decision against the advice of experts employed by the Police Authority, remains a mystery, so may be there could be something fishy? Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 5

9:18am Thu 23 Jan 14

Linesman says...

loosehead wrote:
this building was wanted by the police board & it's the Police authority that's selling it at a loss.
THE £10m building bought by police to use as a new headquarters - but never used - has now been sold at a loss.
where does it say this was bought by Hampshire council?
Who do you think funds the HAMPSHIRE police authority?

If you do not think that the Hampshire County Council were involved, why do you think that a Southampton City Councillor was also involved?

Could it possibly be that policing in Southampton comes under the Hampshire Police Authority?
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: this building was wanted by the police board & it's the Police authority that's selling it at a loss. THE £10m building bought by police to use as a new headquarters - but never used - has now been sold at a loss. where does it say this was bought by Hampshire council?[/p][/quote]Who do you think funds the HAMPSHIRE police authority? If you do not think that the Hampshire County Council were involved, why do you think that a Southampton City Councillor was also involved? Could it possibly be that policing in Southampton comes under the Hampshire Police Authority? Linesman
  • Score: -2

10:53am Thu 23 Jan 14

newsknight says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Mary80 wrote: Shouldn't they have made sure it WAS fit for purpose before building it
it was already built but yes they should have made sure it was fit for purpose before buying it & then spending money on it for it to still be not up to the job
Because members of Hampshire Police Authority with NuLabour's Cllr. Jacqui Rayment its Chair were spending millions of public money, not their own, they did not care. Why did they make that decision against the advice of experts employed by the Police Authority, remains a mystery, so may be there could be something fishy?
The US owned company who bought APW, got rid of the workers by fair means or MOSTLY foul, employed contractors, closed the pension scheme £55million in debt (rubber stamped by a High Court Judge) with the help of Brian Gay. Then they went on to 'butter up' individuals into buying the building overpriced, and took anything worth selling (inc. IMRAK, top seller at the time) overseas for manufacture!! :-(
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Shouldn't they have made sure it WAS fit for purpose before building it[/p][/quote]it was already built but yes they should have made sure it was fit for purpose before buying it & then spending money on it for it to still be not up to the job[/p][/quote]Because members of Hampshire Police Authority with NuLabour's Cllr. Jacqui Rayment its Chair were spending millions of public money, not their own, they did not care. Why did they make that decision against the advice of experts employed by the Police Authority, remains a mystery, so may be there could be something fishy?[/p][/quote]The US owned company who bought APW, got rid of the workers by fair means or MOSTLY foul, employed contractors, closed the pension scheme £55million in debt (rubber stamped by a High Court Judge) with the help of Brian Gay. Then they went on to 'butter up' individuals into buying the building overpriced, and took anything worth selling (inc. IMRAK, top seller at the time) overseas for manufacture!! :-( newsknight
  • Score: 2

1:39pm Thu 23 Jan 14

kiddynamite says...

Who actually cares???? Flipping handwringers!
Who actually cares???? Flipping handwringers! kiddynamite
  • Score: 0

4:46pm Thu 23 Jan 14

ameliaS says...

kiddynamite wrote:
Who actually cares???? Flipping handwringers!
Presumably you don't care about how the Police spend the money you pay them every year then?
[quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: Who actually cares???? Flipping handwringers![/p][/quote]Presumably you don't care about how the Police spend the money you pay them every year then? ameliaS
  • Score: 0

4:57pm Thu 23 Jan 14

loosehead says...

Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
this building was wanted by the police board & it's the Police authority that's selling it at a loss.
THE £10m building bought by police to use as a new headquarters - but never used - has now been sold at a loss.
where does it say this was bought by Hampshire council?
Who do you think funds the HAMPSHIRE police authority?

If you do not think that the Hampshire County Council were involved, why do you think that a Southampton City Councillor was also involved?

Could it possibly be that policing in Southampton comes under the Hampshire Police Authority?
all tax payers of Hampshire, Southampton & portsmouth come on go see a doctor & get some pills as your sounding a bit silly now
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: this building was wanted by the police board & it's the Police authority that's selling it at a loss. THE £10m building bought by police to use as a new headquarters - but never used - has now been sold at a loss. where does it say this was bought by Hampshire council?[/p][/quote]Who do you think funds the HAMPSHIRE police authority? If you do not think that the Hampshire County Council were involved, why do you think that a Southampton City Councillor was also involved? Could it possibly be that policing in Southampton comes under the Hampshire Police Authority?[/p][/quote]all tax payers of Hampshire, Southampton & portsmouth come on go see a doctor & get some pills as your sounding a bit silly now loosehead
  • Score: -1

9:53am Fri 24 Jan 14

Linesman says...

loosehead wrote:
Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
this building was wanted by the police board & it's the Police authority that's selling it at a loss.
THE £10m building bought by police to use as a new headquarters - but never used - has now been sold at a loss.
where does it say this was bought by Hampshire council?
Who do you think funds the HAMPSHIRE police authority?

If you do not think that the Hampshire County Council were involved, why do you think that a Southampton City Councillor was also involved?

Could it possibly be that policing in Southampton comes under the Hampshire Police Authority?
all tax payers of Hampshire, Southampton & portsmouth come on go see a doctor & get some pills as your sounding a bit silly now
Check out the political composition of all the local authorities in Hampshire at the time, and you will find that that Labour were in a very small minority, but still had representation on the Police Authority.

Check out the committee's political composition.

They had to elect a Chairperson, and elected her.

In most instances, a Chairman/woman does not have a vote, only a casting-vote when there is a tie between those For a motion and those Against. I am certain that her vote was not required in this case.

I will respond to your inane, juvenile comments because I am a mature adult.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: this building was wanted by the police board & it's the Police authority that's selling it at a loss. THE £10m building bought by police to use as a new headquarters - but never used - has now been sold at a loss. where does it say this was bought by Hampshire council?[/p][/quote]Who do you think funds the HAMPSHIRE police authority? If you do not think that the Hampshire County Council were involved, why do you think that a Southampton City Councillor was also involved? Could it possibly be that policing in Southampton comes under the Hampshire Police Authority?[/p][/quote]all tax payers of Hampshire, Southampton & portsmouth come on go see a doctor & get some pills as your sounding a bit silly now[/p][/quote]Check out the political composition of all the local authorities in Hampshire at the time, and you will find that that Labour were in a very small minority, but still had representation on the Police Authority. Check out the committee's political composition. They had to elect a Chairperson, and elected her. In most instances, a Chairman/woman does not have a vote, only a casting-vote when there is a tie between those For a motion and those Against. I am certain that her vote was not required in this case. I will respond to your inane, juvenile comments because I am a mature adult. Linesman
  • Score: 0

12:26pm Fri 24 Jan 14

loosehead says...

Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
this building was wanted by the police board & it's the Police authority that's selling it at a loss.
THE £10m building bought by police to use as a new headquarters - but never used - has now been sold at a loss.
where does it say this was bought by Hampshire council?
Who do you think funds the HAMPSHIRE police authority?

If you do not think that the Hampshire County Council were involved, why do you think that a Southampton City Councillor was also involved?

Could it possibly be that policing in Southampton comes under the Hampshire Police Authority?
all tax payers of Hampshire, Southampton & portsmouth come on go see a doctor & get some pills as your sounding a bit silly now
Check out the political composition of all the local authorities in Hampshire at the time, and you will find that that Labour were in a very small minority, but still had representation on the Police Authority.

Check out the committee's political composition.

They had to elect a Chairperson, and elected her.

In most instances, a Chairman/woman does not have a vote, only a casting-vote when there is a tie between those For a motion and those Against. I am certain that her vote was not required in this case.

I will respond to your inane, juvenile comments because I am a mature adult.
yet you shout at me in reply you never read my posts correctly you continuously repeat the same argument even though I & many people answer your questions or show your wrong like the Sea City Museum you still can't see your wrong about that
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: this building was wanted by the police board & it's the Police authority that's selling it at a loss. THE £10m building bought by police to use as a new headquarters - but never used - has now been sold at a loss. where does it say this was bought by Hampshire council?[/p][/quote]Who do you think funds the HAMPSHIRE police authority? If you do not think that the Hampshire County Council were involved, why do you think that a Southampton City Councillor was also involved? Could it possibly be that policing in Southampton comes under the Hampshire Police Authority?[/p][/quote]all tax payers of Hampshire, Southampton & portsmouth come on go see a doctor & get some pills as your sounding a bit silly now[/p][/quote]Check out the political composition of all the local authorities in Hampshire at the time, and you will find that that Labour were in a very small minority, but still had representation on the Police Authority. Check out the committee's political composition. They had to elect a Chairperson, and elected her. In most instances, a Chairman/woman does not have a vote, only a casting-vote when there is a tie between those For a motion and those Against. I am certain that her vote was not required in this case. I will respond to your inane, juvenile comments because I am a mature adult.[/p][/quote]yet you shout at me in reply you never read my posts correctly you continuously repeat the same argument even though I & many people answer your questions or show your wrong like the Sea City Museum you still can't see your wrong about that loosehead
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