A PUBLIC consultation reviewing front counter policing in the county has concluded.

A proposal was made last month to close down a number of police front desks in East Lancashire.

The consultation concluded last week and the review team are in the process of going through the responses.

Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “In all there are about 90 responses in total.

“The review team is currently analysing the responses and they will be considered ahead of any decision on the future of the front counters.

“The proposals consulted on were based not just on reducing costs, although that is a significant factor, but also recognise that the public are choosing to engage in different ways with the police.”

David Waters, the vice chair of Clitheroe and district branch of the Labour Party, said Ribble Valley Council leader Ken Hind was wrong to blame the commissioner for the proposed cuts.

He said: “It’s not the chief constable’s or crime commissioner’s fault.

“Cuts from central government have been a long standing cause of this.

“The council should write to the government and say they are fed up with Lancashire deprived of money.”