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Nottinghamshire Police to unveil £1.5m Arrow Centre

A new £1.5m training and conference centre for Nottinghamshire Police is to open next month.

The Arrow Centre in Hucknall is designed to relieve overcrowding at the force's headquarters at Sherwood Lodge.

The police authority said the project was approved before budget cuts of up to 25% were proposed.

It added that efficiency savings had since been made and the facilities would be hired out to private firms to generate income.

'Much needed'

The Arrow Centre, which will open on 1 November, can house up to 50 police staff, some of whom currently work in temporary offices.

Councillor Glyn Gilfoyle, from Nottinghamshire Police Authority, said capital funding was approved before the financial situation worsened.

"We know we will have a lot less money - we are planning for a cutback of up to 25% in real terms on our revenue budget.

"If we were making that type of decision today, we would probably put it on hold until we see what the coalition government … (has in mind) for the police budget.

"We have people in overcrowded cabins and we are creating a much needed facility for training and a conference centres."

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