Kirkby Police Station could face the axe

.Kirkby Police Station'Police press briefing at Kirkby Police Station
.Kirkby Police Station'Police press briefing at Kirkby Police Station

KIRKBY Police Station has been earmarked for closure as crime prevention spending cuts deepen across the county.

The station, on Victoria Road, could close by the end of the year and its seven officers moved down the road to Ashfield District Council’s Ada Lovelace building, according to plans set out by Nottinghamshire Police’s top brass yesterday.

Sgt Carl Holland, who is based at the station, said he viewed the move as a ‘positive step’.

“It is something that I see as working out very well, as long as we move over with the appropriate equipment,” he said.

“The fact is, most of the contact people make with the police is over the phone, and there is the odd exception where someone would rather come to the station.

“I would rather lose the building than two officers.”

The move would reduce running costs by around three quarters and it is hoped the sale of the building would contribute to savings of £42.3m which need to by found by Nottinghamshire Police over the next four years. Ashfield District Council will charge the force £12,500 a year to use the building.

But Kirkby councillor Rachel Madden said it was essential police maintained their presence in the town.

“Kirkby is losing so many of its vital services and it is moves like this which shake people’s confidence in the police,” she said.

Under the cost cutting plans, Selston Police Station could also be axed - but only if suitable community alternatives for the building can be found.

Further afield, Ravenshead Police Station will be axed, as will Blidworth if a suitable community alternative can be found. There are also plans to close front counter services in Mansfield Woodhouse and Southwell.

Nottinghamshire Police assistant Chief Constable Ian Ackerley said: “Spending money wisely is one of our top three strategic priorities. In many cases we have police stations and buildings which are old, underused, expensive to maintain and are a drain on funding.

“People simply do not use them in the way they once did. This is largely due to the massive growth in the other more convenient ways the public can get in touch with us.

“Our safer neighbourhood teams are now far more accessible within local communities and modern technology means people can now contact us at home, at work and on the go.”

The nearest police stations to Kirkby are on Church Street, Sutton, and on Great Central Road, Mansfield.

Nottinghamshire Police will present a paper to the Police Authority on 27th July seeking their approval for the proposals so consultation with the public can then begin.