Itâ€™s tough times out there, the economy is suffering and everyone is affected. Including the police in Sheffield who at this moment in time are facing a whopping forty million pounds in resourcing cuts over the next four years. Thatâ€™s ten million a year!
So in order to raise some money, they have decided to sell eight polices boxes or â€œbijouâ€™sâ€ that are located within the area. Described as something for the â€œsavvy buyerâ€, they are located in popular retail spots.
Property consultants Knight Frank are acting as the representatives for the police and Rebecca Schofield described the various police boxes:
â€œPolice boxes often attract a lot of interest thanks to their history, their convenient locations and, of course, the Doctor Who association…however, they can be used in a variety of ways such as a small office or storage space…
In the past people have acquired disused police boxes and turned them into a small retail outlet or a kiosk and many of these Sheffield sites could also present an opportunity for redevelopment, subject to necessary planning consent…this has prompted us to put these properties on the market so they can be put to alternative good use in communities and the city centre.â€
Police boxes, for those of you who donâ€™t know, where used in the 1960â€™s by police officers as a way to stay in communication by telephone before walkie talkies and mobile phones came into being. They would sometimes lock an offender in them sometimes whilst waiting for backup!
These national treasures are something of a rarity these days and the world of Doctor Who owes so much to them, it would be a shame to see them go.
If youâ€™re interested in finding out more, contact Rebecca on 0114 2729750 or email [email protected].