Chesham police station has gone up for sale – and could eventually be redeveloped.

The Broad Street base for the town’s police officers has gone on the market, according to a listing by RightMove - which claims it will be vacated by April 2022.

Thames Valley Police said the police station will be replaced with a “new neighbourhood police office” in the town centre but a location has not yet been decided.

The move has prompted dismay from local residents, with one telling the Bucks Free Press they fear it will only be a “matter of time” before Amersham faces the same fate.

They said: “The police stations to get to now are High Wycombe or Aylesbury. If you need to have contact with the police – if you are elderly or disabled etc – you will need transport to those stations that are only open at certain times.

“How long before Amersham station is up for sale? It is like Fort Knox anyhow.”

The RightMove listing says the building would suit “most commercial uses”, but added that “residential redevelopment of the building and site may be possible subject to obtaining the relevant planning permissions”.

They added: “The accommodation is of a basic office standard, arranged over ground and first floors, with an attached garage and storage block. The police station will be vacated in April 2022.”

The price for the building is only available upon application.

Thames Valley Police has been closing a number of police stations or front counters in recent years in a bid to cut costs, but plans to sell Chesham’s police station do not seem to have been revealed previously.

Back in 2015, the force revealed it would close the counters to the public at Chesham and Gerrards Cross as part of a package that would save them an estimated £29 million by 2021.

At the end of August this year, they also revealed they had made further changes to their front counter services, which saw the permanent closure of them at Amersham, Bicester, Bracknell, their HQ in Kidlington and Witney.

All the above had been shut temporarily since March 2020 due to the pandemic, except Kidlington which had temporarily reopened.

They reassured the community the change would not affect police officer numbers, nor the number of police bases “so you will not experience any difference to officer visibility in your local community”.

Once again, Chesham had not been mentioned as part of these plans, so the sale of the town’s station base may come as a surprise to many.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman told the Bucks Free Press: “Thames Valley Police is currently in the process of selling Chesham police station. The police station will be replaced with a new Neighbourhood police office in the town centre. We are working with Buckinghamshire Council to identify a location which will enhance our collaborative working.”