Police stations facing the axe

POLICE stations at Warsop and Bilsthorpe - together with four shared community offices in Mansfield - have been earmarked for closure under cost-cutting plans, it was revealed on Wednesday.

The county’s force says that the venues suffer from poor useage, but insist that they are not moving policing away from the communities.

There are hopes that the Warsop presence can be switched to the Town Hall, while at Bilsthorpe there are plans to move to the Village Hall.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Scarrott said: “As a result of the estates review, we have identified some sites which are no longer value for money.

We intend to close these and co-locate neighbourhood officers into council buildings or shops.

“This will bring our service closer to the communities we serve with little or no financial on-cost to the force. More importantly to local people, it puts officers back in the heart of local communities, increases their visibility and makes them more accessible to the public.”

Next Wednesday the Police Authority will be asked to agree to the sale or termination of lease agreements of 12 premises in the first phase of the programme. The disposal of these sites will raise more than £1.2m from the sale of buildings and save £260,000 a year in rent and running costs.

See next week’s Chad for full report.