Police axe survey is underway

RESIDENTS are taking part in a survey about the future of under-threat police stations.

Ravenshead and Blidworth stations, together with front counter services at Mansfield Woodhouse and Southwell, are set for closure under Nottingham Police’s plans revealed last month.

Nottinghamshire Police Authority is now gathering the public’s views on the plans online and through postcard-style surveys handed out at community events and dropping on folk’s doormats.

Said Glynn Gilfoyle, Authority vice-chairman: “As the Police Authority has previously stressed, no decision has been made yet on these proposals and we are relying on the public to help us build a bigger picture.

“Postcards are available at libraries and police stations.”

across Nottinghamshire and we would appeal for any resident who has not yet taken the opportunity to put their views forward to pick up a postcard from one of the many venues available.”

Almost 17,000 postcard surveys have been issued across the county so far.

The postcard survey, which is a replica of the online version, asks folk to pinpoint the last time they visited a police station and asks them for what reason as well as what they considered more important - retaining police officers or stations.

There are also questions about local police stations and how they feel about proposals to retain front counter services - with consistent opening times - at 18 key sites rather than the current 42.

Nottinghamshire Police says the service closures are necessary to help find savings of £43m following Government funding cuts.

The plans mean everyone in Nottinghamshire will be within a 20-minute journey (or eight-mile radius) of a front counter and a neighbourhood policing team.

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