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'Bizarre' police station opening times are 'best for Darwen'
1:19pm Tuesday 9th October 2012 in News
POLICE chiefs told Darwen councillors that changes to opening times at the police station were the ‘best for the town’.
The revised opening times came into force on October 1, with the enquiry desk now closed on Sundays and Mondays. From Tuesday to Saturday it opens 10am to 2pm and 3pm to 6pm.
Sunnyhurst Coun Dave Smith had said the new times were ‘bizarre’, but officers attended a meeting of the town council to explain their decision.
Chief Insp Julian Platt and Insp Abid Khan told councillors the cutting of hours was the result of a countywide exercise to save £42million over eight years.
Despite suggestions from councillors, the pair said there was no room for change.
Coun Smith said the new times didn’t make sense, adding: “I don’t know why they have picked those hours.
“In Darwen, Tuesday has always been half-day closing and the library is closed as well.
“It would make more sense to close it on Tuesday. And why is there a break between 2pm and 3pm? They are not memorable hours for the public.”
Other Sunnyhurst councillors also expressed concerns.
Coun Pete Hollings said: “It was disappointing to hear of the changes, especially as just weeks before we had met with Abid Khan and he didn’t mention the closures.”
Coun Brian Taylor said: “The police being there is a reassurance to the public who want to be able to see them.”
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