New police, fire stations coming to Tobago

Construction of the long awaited police stations at Old Grange and Roxborough should commence in July, Minister of National Security Brigadier General Edmund Dillon has promised.

Dillon had earlier met with Chief Secretary Orville London at the Administrative Complex in Calder Hall, Scarborough to discuss issues affecting the island’s security.

The Minister said State owned Urban Development Company Limited (UDeCOTT) is preparing to invite bids on the project.

“The Minister has indicated that UDeCOTT has prepared bid packages for a number of police stations including these two and he is fairly hopeful there could be a start of construction in July.” London said.

London noted that the police stations were outstanding for many years and was heartened by the promise that construction would start in July.

Tenders for the construction of the stations were first awarded in 2010 and were among eight planned for the nation but were abandoned by the previous administration.

UDeCOTT is also reviewing plans for two fire stations on the island. Designs are currently being drawn up for a new station at Courland in West Tobago, while the structural integrity of the Roxborough Fire Station is being investigated.

London said following the review of the Roxborough building, it will be decided whether the fire station, which has not been used for many years, should be demolished. If the latter happens, officials will then determine where the new station will be constructed.

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