New police station for Newton Aycliffe town centre
A new police station is to be built in a County Durham town centre, two years after the "unfit for purpose" former premises closed.
Since 2010 Newton Aycliffe officers have been operating from a building in an out-of-town industrial estate.
But surveys showed residents felt it was too far to travel.
Durham's police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg, has now allocated £500,000 to demolish the old building and replace it with a smaller, modular one.
Subject to council planning approval, demolition is expected to begin at the end of the year with the new station opening in the first half of 2014.
Mr Hogg said: "Newton Aycliffe is a big town and its public want a town centre presence."