Kirkby Police station closed to help cut costs

KIRKBY police station will be closed as part of a plan to cut costs in the county.

It is among 12 to shut in Nottinghamshire due to fewer residents using the Victoria Road station.

Officials from Nottinghamshire Police Authority rubber-stamped the proposals at a meeting last Wednesday, following a public consultation in which almost 3,000 people took part.

Instead, officers will be based at Ada Lovelace House - which is in front of Ashfield District Council’s Urban Road offices.

Nottinghamshire Police and the Police Authority must make savings of £43m because of cuts from central Government.

The sale of buildings is expected to raise £880,000 and £720,000 each year in rent and running costs throughout Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire Police Authority chairman, Coun Jon Collins, said: “The savings generated by this plan will help us safeguard future frontline services, including police officer and staff posts, and ensure Nottinghamshire Police is still well-positioned to meet its aims to make the county safer.

“That said, the hard work is not over yet and further difficult decisions will have to be made to balance the budget and protect services valued by the public.”