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Fears over plans to axe sergeant's post in Barnoldswick

Lancashire Telegraph: Fears over plans to axe sergeant's post in Barnoldswick Fears over plans to axe sergeant's post in Barnoldswick

COUNCILLORS have spoken out against the possible loss of a police sergeant's post in Barnoldswick.

At West Craven Area Committee meeting, it was revealed Lancashire Constabulary is carrying out a review which could result in the elimination of a West Craven neighbouring policing sergeant's post, currently occupied by Sgt Kim De Curtis.

"Kim's post is due to be abolished and not replaced," said Coun David Whipp, who represents Barnoldswick's Craven ward. "Her duties will be covered by a sergeant in another part of Pendle.

"This is wholly unacceptable anywhere, but particularly in West Craven where we're out on a limb."

Councillors are also worried that the review could result in the loss of further police officer or police community support officer jobs in West Craven.

"The West Craven Neighbourhood Policing Team is quite good, but they are short on numbers.

"This is a very serious issue," said Coun Whipp. "We should be sending a message loud and clear that we've got a police office in Barnoldswick that is virtually redundant because there won't be any police officers working there."

Earby ward councillor Morris Horsfield: "We've have the same sort of issues in Earby. These cuts go on and on and there seems to be nothing that we can do about it."

Sgt Kim De Curtis acknowledged the review was taking place and told committee members that her post could be eliminated.

"There is a review because so many millions have to be saved," said Sgt De Curtis. "I'm pretty sure neighbourhood policing will be hit.

"There are three sergeants in Pendle and it will probably be me to go."

Lancashire Constabulary Superintendent Julian Platt said: “Lancashire Constabulary is conducting a scoping exercise to realise further savings. This review involves all posts within each division and headquarters.

"However, at this stage no options have been agreed and all options would be subject to public consultation. We will ensure that the West Craven Area Committee is part of this consultation.

"Please rest assured that any savings that are made will have the public of Lancashire at the centre.”

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1:29am Sun 13 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

This is absolutely wholey unacceptable, kim has done an outstanding job since her introduction as the barlick "sarge".

If corners keep getting cut then people can't complain about what follows.
This is absolutely wholey unacceptable, kim has done an outstanding job since her introduction as the barlick "sarge". If corners keep getting cut then people can't complain about what follows. The Seagull has landed
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2:38pm Sun 13 Jul 14

coates warder says...

there is no more corners to cut in west craven.i just wonder how people like mr whipp has the gall to keep putting up the town council precept and agree to all the other hikes in council tax. maybe instead of asking a little town councillor like mr whipp why have the telegraph not asked the big fish MP STEPHENSON who since coming to power and his cronies in the tory party have made most pendle people more than £500 a year worse off since coming into power.
there is no more corners to cut in west craven.i just wonder how people like mr whipp has the gall to keep putting up the town council precept and agree to all the other hikes in council tax. maybe instead of asking a little town councillor like mr whipp why have the telegraph not asked the big fish MP STEPHENSON who since coming to power and his cronies in the tory party have made most pendle people more than £500 a year worse off since coming into power. coates warder
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6:57am Mon 14 Jul 14

David Whipp says...

Coates Warder, I found out about the review of Neighbourhood Policing and raised it at the local committee; I've also put an item on the agenda for the full council meeting to discuss this later this week.

I was on the police authority when neighbourhood policing was brought in and am proud that I was involved with its introduction. It's vital that we fight to keep our neighbourhood officers.

As for council tax, the town council in Barlick is taking over several services from Pendle Council; public toilets, Civic Hall, Christmas Lights etc. This will cost the Barnoldswick council more money, but avoid having these things axed. (By the by, at Pendle, I've voted for no increase in council tax for several years and proposed cutting it a few years ago.)
Coates Warder, I found out about the review of Neighbourhood Policing and raised it at the local committee; I've also put an item on the agenda for the full council meeting to discuss this later this week. I was on the police authority when neighbourhood policing was brought in and am proud that I was involved with its introduction. It's vital that we fight to keep our neighbourhood officers. As for council tax, the town council in Barlick is taking over several services from Pendle Council; public toilets, Civic Hall, Christmas Lights etc. This will cost the Barnoldswick council more money, but avoid having these things axed. (By the by, at Pendle, I've voted for no increase in council tax for several years and proposed cutting it a few years ago.) David Whipp
  • Score: 2

6:57am Tue 15 Jul 14

coates warder says...

David Whipp wrote:
Coates Warder, I found out about the review of Neighbourhood Policing and raised it at the local committee; I've also put an item on the agenda for the full council meeting to discuss this later this week.

I was on the police authority when neighbourhood policing was brought in and am proud that I was involved with its introduction. It's vital that we fight to keep our neighbourhood officers.

As for council tax, the town council in Barlick is taking over several services from Pendle Council; public toilets, Civic Hall, Christmas Lights etc. This will cost the Barnoldswick council more money, but avoid having these things axed. (By the by, at Pendle, I've voted for no increase in council tax for several years and proposed cutting it a few years ago.)
the precept has gone up 103.8 % not even a thought of putting a 20p charge on the toilets pee and pay scheme .no just we will take it off the tax payer again what will happen next year with the civic hall etc how much more are we going to have to pay to keep the same things we had under pbc. now a charge for green waste this is something pbc introduced not what the public wanted. another back door tax when will it ever end.i have had no pay rice in 8 years there is no money left at the end of the rainbow mr whipp the people on the town council need to relise this and not just expect the pot at the end of the rainbow to carry on giving sometime it has to stop. we are paying more and more for less and less it has to stop
[quote][p][bold]David Whipp[/bold] wrote: Coates Warder, I found out about the review of Neighbourhood Policing and raised it at the local committee; I've also put an item on the agenda for the full council meeting to discuss this later this week. I was on the police authority when neighbourhood policing was brought in and am proud that I was involved with its introduction. It's vital that we fight to keep our neighbourhood officers. As for council tax, the town council in Barlick is taking over several services from Pendle Council; public toilets, Civic Hall, Christmas Lights etc. This will cost the Barnoldswick council more money, but avoid having these things axed. (By the by, at Pendle, I've voted for no increase in council tax for several years and proposed cutting it a few years ago.)[/p][/quote]the precept has gone up 103.8 % not even a thought of putting a 20p charge on the toilets pee and pay scheme .no just we will take it off the tax payer again what will happen next year with the civic hall etc how much more are we going to have to pay to keep the same things we had under pbc. now a charge for green waste this is something pbc introduced not what the public wanted. another back door tax when will it ever end.i have had no pay rice in 8 years there is no money left at the end of the rainbow mr whipp the people on the town council need to relise this and not just expect the pot at the end of the rainbow to carry on giving sometime it has to stop. we are paying more and more for less and less it has to stop coates warder
  • Score: 1

6:57am Tue 15 Jul 14

coates warder says...

David Whipp wrote:
Coates Warder, I found out about the review of Neighbourhood Policing and raised it at the local committee; I've also put an item on the agenda for the full council meeting to discuss this later this week.

I was on the police authority when neighbourhood policing was brought in and am proud that I was involved with its introduction. It's vital that we fight to keep our neighbourhood officers.

As for council tax, the town council in Barlick is taking over several services from Pendle Council; public toilets, Civic Hall, Christmas Lights etc. This will cost the Barnoldswick council more money, but avoid having these things axed. (By the by, at Pendle, I've voted for no increase in council tax for several years and proposed cutting it a few years ago.)
the precept has gone up 103.8 % not even a thought of putting a 20p charge on the toilets pee and pay scheme .no just we will take it off the tax payer again what will happen next year with the civic hall etc how much more are we going to have to pay to keep the same things we had under pbc. now a charge for green waste this is something pbc introduced not what the public wanted. another back door tax when will it ever end.i have had no pay rice in 8 years there is no money left at the end of the rainbow mr whipp the people on the town council need to relise this and not just expect the pot at the end of the rainbow to carry on giving sometime it has to stop. we are paying more and more for less and less it has to stop
[quote][p][bold]David Whipp[/bold] wrote: Coates Warder, I found out about the review of Neighbourhood Policing and raised it at the local committee; I've also put an item on the agenda for the full council meeting to discuss this later this week. I was on the police authority when neighbourhood policing was brought in and am proud that I was involved with its introduction. It's vital that we fight to keep our neighbourhood officers. As for council tax, the town council in Barlick is taking over several services from Pendle Council; public toilets, Civic Hall, Christmas Lights etc. This will cost the Barnoldswick council more money, but avoid having these things axed. (By the by, at Pendle, I've voted for no increase in council tax for several years and proposed cutting it a few years ago.)[/p][/quote]the precept has gone up 103.8 % not even a thought of putting a 20p charge on the toilets pee and pay scheme .no just we will take it off the tax payer again what will happen next year with the civic hall etc how much more are we going to have to pay to keep the same things we had under pbc. now a charge for green waste this is something pbc introduced not what the public wanted. another back door tax when will it ever end.i have had no pay rice in 8 years there is no money left at the end of the rainbow mr whipp the people on the town council need to relise this and not just expect the pot at the end of the rainbow to carry on giving sometime it has to stop. we are paying more and more for less and less it has to stop coates warder
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