Consultation to decide fate of Kirkby Police Station

PLANS to sell-off Kirkby Police Station among a series of cuts have gone before the body in charge of overseeing policing in Nottinghamshire.

The station, on Victoria Road, is one of 15 set for the chop as Nottinghamshire Police attempts to save more than £40m over the next four years. A number of front counter services will also be affected.

Now the public have been promised a ‘genuine consultation’ after Nottinghamshire Police Authority was briefed by senior officers about the plans last Wednesday.

Jon Collins, chairman of Nottinghamshire Police Authority, said they would look at all options available.

“We will consult with partners, stakeholders and the public over August and September,” he said.

“It is important to stress that this is genuine consultation, no decisions have been made and they won’t be until we have heard what people say.

“We will consult in various ways, including surveys, meetings, online questionnaires or people can simply write or email in to the Authority.

“We are very keen to hear constructive suggestions for ways we can work with partners and other organisations to provide a solution.”

Meanwhile, Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero has written to Home Secretary Theresa May to seek clarity on the Government’s policy regarding local police stations.

Ms De Piero said a number of worried constituents had raised concerns about planned changes that could see Kirkby Police Station close and relocate to the Ada Lovelace building at Ashfield District Council.

She said: “I am bitterly disappointed by the recent announcement that the community could lose this important service as Government cuts begin to bite across the country.

“The police have been put in an impossible situation by not receiving the funding they need.

“It is vital that the police still maintain a presence in Kirkby so that people feel safe and know that help will be immediately on hand should they ever need it.

“I would like to see some sort of police front counter service maintained otherwise the police will certainly seem less approachable”.

The Police Authority will report back the results of the consultation later in the year before any final decision is made.