Former police station to become Lidl store

The 0.8 acre station site in Rectory Road has been displaying a Sold board outside this week.

The 0.8 acre station site in Rectory Road has been displaying a Sold board outside this week.

by Ben Endley , Senior reporter 1:40pm Saturday 30th March 2013 in News

Rickmansworth police station could be demolished and turned into a budget supermarket.

The 0.8 acre station site in Rectory Road has been displaying a Sold board outside this week and the Watford Observer can reveal it has been bought by German discount chain Lidl.

The site has been on the market for some time and, 12 months ago, was valued by the Hertfordshire Police Authority at £2.8 million, however it is not clear what price it sold for.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said; "The sale of this site has saved us on-going maintenance costs and generated a valuable capital receipt.

"Innovative use of other public buildings - such as the partnership with Three Rivers Council - make sound business sense and help protect officers on the frontline."

The station has been vacant since February 2011 when neighbourhood officers relocated to share office space with Three Rivers District Council.

Lidl spokesman Clare Norman says, "The new store would provide the residents of Rickmansworth and surrounding areas with a quality offering of products at the lowest prices.

"This new store would also bring jobs to the local area which is positive news in the current economic climate."

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4:51pm Sat 30 Mar 13 crazyfrog says…

i'am partial to a lidl ! i would much prefer a police station of course but that wouldn't happen under a Tory government who would sell their own mothers if they could get away with it. Lets just make sure the Tories dont try and sell off the firestation too! on a similar note the 1888 victorian long island hotel is still at risk as a revamped planning permission has been submitted again but because one man and that is the chief execuitve of TRDC (yes the guy who presided over the william penn fiasco) refuses to protect it, means that the developers may get their own way this time !

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6:00pm Sat 30 Mar 13 Andrew Turpie says…

Wow a supermarket...Get your tena ladys in place people, the excitement is just too much...

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6:38pm Sat 30 Mar 13 LSC says…

This makes perfect sense. There clearly aren't enough supermarkets in the area of Watford; sometimes I have to drive up to 10 minutes to find one! Not acceptable. So why waste money on the police? It's not like anyone has had their jaw broken in broad daylight, or their eye socket shattered in a club. No taxi drivers have been assaulted, and houses don't get broken into these days. I fully support this money making scheme to the cost of the citizens of this country.

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7:20pm Sat 30 Mar 13 cameluk says…

A Lidl would be an excellent choice, far better than another Tesco Express

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9:09pm Sat 30 Mar 13 Roy Stockdill says…

So this is what it has come down to? A British police station flogged off to a Kraut supermarket chain! What did we win the war for?

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2:24am Sun 31 Mar 13 dented says…

Roy Stockdill wrote…

So this is what it has come down to? A British police station flogged off to a Kraut supermarket chain! What did we win the war for?

Roy, it was a building for sale and now that it has been bought it will create employment for the local community. Stop harking back to the war as it gets tiring very quickly. BTW, you are aware that you have invoked Godwin's Law?!

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2:59am Sun 31 Mar 13 morganwilliam says…

wait until the Residents Association gets hold of this information. Let the games begin. We have Tesco, Waitrose, M&S Food, Iceland, Tesco Metro, Costcutter and numerous small independent shops selling food in Rickmansworth. Why do we need this stack 'em high sell 'em cheap shed in a prominent location in the town? If I wanted that I could go to Costco in Watford or even Lidl in Pinner. Affordable housing for key workers might have been an option.

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7:14pm Sun 31 Mar 13 captain lard says…

crazyfrog wrote…

i'am partial to a lidl ! i would much prefer a police station of course but that wouldn't happen under a Tory government who would sell their own mothers if they could get away with it. Lets just make sure the Tories dont try and sell off the firestation too! on a similar note the 1888 victorian long island hotel is still at risk as a revamped planning permission has been submitted again but because one man and that is the chief execuitve of TRDC (yes the guy who presided over the william penn fiasco) refuses to protect it, means that the developers may get their own way this time !

Wasn't the closure instigated under a Labour administration?

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7:22pm Sun 31 Mar 13 Roy Stockdill says…

>Roy, it was a building for sale and now that it has been bought it will create employment for the local community. Stop harking back to the war as it gets tiring very quickly. BTW, you are aware that you have invoked Godwin's Law?!< Well, so did that marvellous episode of Fawlty Towers with Basil goose-stepping and doing his funny walk all over the hotel screaming "Don't talk about the war!" at a bunch of German visitors. Where's your sense of humour? A vital element in British humour is making fun of foreigners, or didn't you know that?

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9:45pm Sun 31 Mar 13 LSC says…

You forgot to add Roy, and Basil sums it up so well, is that the very best of British humour is that we make fun of ourselves.

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10:14pm Sun 31 Mar 13 Roy Stockdill says…

Absolutely, LSC - couldn't agree more. We are the finest nation in the world when it comes to self deprecation, i.e. we laugh at ourselves, our traditions, our failures, not to mention our weather! Which is why we are able to laugh at the idiocies of Johnny Foreigner as well and, as you say, we laughed at Basil Fawlty because he represented everything that was worst about the prejudices of a certain type of Englishman, just as Alf Garnett did a few years before Basil in "Till Death Us Do Part". Monty Python carried on the tradition and so did other programmes like Steptoe and Son, Last of the Summer Wine, Are You Being Served? etc, etc. Sadly, so many younger people these days have been throttled with barmy, po-faced political correctness that they don't seem to know what British humour is any more.

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11:22pm Sun 31 Mar 13 stewbyhorn says…

Roy, I'm loving the traditional British humour but alas as you have stated in the so called PC world we live in, you cannot have those views as they are not politically correct!! What a load of pony eh!

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10:02am Mon 1 Apr 13 dented says…

Roy Stockdill wrote…

>Roy, it was a building for sale and now that it has been bought it will create employment for the local community. Stop harking back to the war as it gets tiring very quickly. BTW, you are aware that you have invoked Godwin's Law?!< Well, so did that marvellous episode of Fawlty Towers with Basil goose-stepping and doing his funny walk all over the hotel screaming "Don't talk about the war!" at a bunch of German visitors. Where's your sense of humour? A vital element in British humour is making fun of foreigners, or didn't you know that?

It might help if it was funny.

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10:27am Mon 1 Apr 13 theturpster says…

dented wrote…

Roy Stockdill wrote…

>Roy, it was a building for sale and now that it has been bought it will create employment for the local community. Stop harking back to the war as it gets tiring very quickly. BTW, you are aware that you have invoked Godwin's Law?!< Well, so did that marvellous episode of Fawlty Towers with Basil goose-stepping and doing his funny walk all over the hotel screaming "Don't talk about the war!" at a bunch of German visitors. Where's your sense of humour? A vital element in British humour is making fun of foreigners, or didn't you know that?
It might help if it was funny.

If your not a fan of Fawlty towers, then please let us know your definition of humour. Please don't say little Britain or The Office.... British comedy, died along with One foot in the grave...

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10:48am Mon 1 Apr 13 LSC says…

I don't think I can even name a modern Sitcom. Certainly not one I find funny. Most comedy seems to be panel shows; although QI and HIGNFY are very good and Question Time frequently has me in stitches, the rest are all a bit samey. But then who could better the Two Ronnies, Spike Milligan, Morecombe and Wise... the list just goes on. Perhaps it is a bit like music; there are only so many notes and only so many ways to put them together- all the best tunes have been done by now which is why modern music is either dull or a cover version.

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12:56pm Mon 1 Apr 13 Roy Stockdill says…

Dented must be about the only person in the land who didn't find Fawlty Towers hysterical - every single episode! Still, I suppose there's always got to be one who's had a humour bypass operation. Fawlty Towers was brilliant because Cleese was clever enough to end it after only 12 episodes. In the old showbiz adage, always leave them wanting more. Whereas Dad's Army and Last of the Summer Wine - both favourites of mine - went on for far too long, so consequently the standard fell away. Fawlty Towers worked on several levels..... 1) Basil's bullying of the hapless Spanish waiter Manuel who he was always hitting, plus the language barrier between them, made for lots of laughs. 2) Basil's misogynistic abuse and insulting of his dragon wife Sybil, when he was actually terrified of her. 3) Basil's antiquated patriotism and middle-class snobbery, plus his constant rudeness to guests, was always hilarious. The scene I referred to earlier when Basil does his funny walk, goose-stepping in front of a group of bewildered German tourists, plus his cracks about Goerring and Eva Braun reducing one of the German women to tears, always makes the Top Ten of the funniest TV sitcoms scenes of all time. And has everyone forgotten 'Allo 'Allo! another wickedly politically incorrect sitcom? I still watch it occasionally and always curl up at the comic Gestapo officer Herr Flick and the bumbling English policeman who thinks he can speak French in mispronounced English! I agree with LSC that it's hard to think of a single modern sitcom that I enjoy, though I confess to a sneaking liking for Miranda Hart! See my blog on her posh ancestry, BTW, at: http://blog.findmypa st.co.uk/tag/miranda -hart/

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1:59pm Mon 1 Apr 13 Andrew Turpie says…

Roy/LSC, If you've never seen before, can I recommend a sitcom called "still game", set in a fictitious Glasgow council estate. The sarcasm and stereotyping about us Scots is bang on and a great example of how people can laugh at themselves. The characters are brilliant!

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4:25pm Mon 1 Apr 13 dented says…

Roy, your ability to change the subject to suit you never ceases to amaze. Fawlty Towers was a funny show and still has the ability to raise a smile when watched again but that's not the point. If your original comment about 'krauts' and mentioning the war were meant to be funny can I just state, for the record, that it wasn't funny. Maybe you were just trolling?

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6:04pm Mon 1 Apr 13 Roy Stockdill says…

>If you've never seen before, can I recommend a sitcom called "still game", set in a fictitious Glasgow council estate. The sarcasm and stereotyping about us Scots is bang on and a great example of how people can laugh at themselves. The characters are brilliant!< I might give it a try, Andrew, but I'm just wondering if I would be able to understand the accents! Where's it on and when? My wife very much enjoys Taggart but she reckons she has to have the subtitles on to understand it!

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10:28pm Mon 1 Apr 13 LSC says…

Roy Stockdill wrote…

>If you've never seen before, can I recommend a sitcom called "still game", set in a fictitious Glasgow council estate. The sarcasm and stereotyping about us Scots is bang on and a great example of how people can laugh at themselves. The characters are brilliant!< I might give it a try, Andrew, but I'm just wondering if I would be able to understand the accents! Where's it on and when? My wife very much enjoys Taggart but she reckons she has to have the subtitles on to understand it!

I have not heard of it either, but willing to give it a go if you can say when; but that brings us to the other problem. Scheduling is all over the place, repeats on the major channels are rife and god forbid anything becomes popular- stick it on 5 nights a week and to hell with the quality. I remember waiting a week for the next episode of something decent. Hill Street Blues, or the first serieses of The Bill or Casualty. They don't even re-run the former and the other two just were turned into Soaps.

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10:19am Tue 2 Apr 13 highhigh says…

morganwilliam wrote…

wait until the Residents Association gets hold of this information. Let the games begin. We have Tesco, Waitrose, M&S Food, Iceland, Tesco Metro, Costcutter and numerous small independent shops selling food in Rickmansworth. Why do we need this stack 'em high sell 'em cheap shed in a prominent location in the town? If I wanted that I could go to Costco in Watford or even Lidl in Pinner. Affordable housing for key workers might have been an option.

In Watford and Pinner...precisely why some sort of retail outlet is needed closer, not sure if I would want a ghastly giant shed in the town though. Affordable housing would have been immediately thrown out the window by the location, that close to the train station it would have been premium flats for commuters.

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8:07pm Wed 3 Apr 13 PCllrRRidley says…

the police station is situated in the TRDC offices and they pay a rent of about £60000pa, so no lose of police station, TRDC offset costs, how much did it cost to maintain the police station, anyone know?

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5:01am Thu 4 Apr 13 Patriot14w says…

crazyfrog wrote…

i'am partial to a lidl ! i would much prefer a police station of course but that wouldn't happen under a Tory government who would sell their own mothers if they could get away with it. Lets just make sure the Tories dont try and sell off the firestation too! on a similar note the 1888 victorian long island hotel is still at risk as a revamped planning permission has been submitted again but because one man and that is the chief execuitve of TRDC (yes the guy who presided over the william penn fiasco) refuses to protect it, means that the developers may get their own way this time !

TRDC is a Lib/Dum Council, isn't it?

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5:13am Thu 4 Apr 13 Patriot14w says…

Roy Stockdill wrote…

>If you've never seen before, can I recommend a sitcom called "still game", set in a fictitious Glasgow council estate. The sarcasm and stereotyping about us Scots is bang on and a great example of how people can laugh at themselves. The characters are brilliant!< I might give it a try, Andrew, but I'm just wondering if I would be able to understand the accents! Where's it on and when? My wife very much enjoys Taggart but she reckons she has to have the subtitles on to understand it!

The funniest character in Still Game is Naveed, the Glasgow accented Indian shopkeeper. Hilarious!

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8:48am Thu 4 Apr 13 Andrew Turpie says…

From around 2001, Still Game was broadcast on BBC1 scotland, after 6 series the two main writers went their separate ways due to a disagreement. The program did a complete run in the UK on BBC2. Just checked and some cheeky scamp has uploaded them to youtube. Search for still game series 1 episode 1 and watch. If it tickles your fancy i would then recommend purchasing the box set. There is a Facebook campaign to get the duo back to the writing of some new material..so watch this space!

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