Whalley police station closure is ‘inevitable’

First published in Whalley Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

CONCERNS have been raised about the closure of a police station in a busy Ribble Valley village.

Councillors in Whalley have been consulted about the potential sale of the police station in Princess Street.

Ward councillor Terry Hill said it was sad the station could close but claimed it was a sign of the times.

He said: “Provided that they leave an access point it is inevitable that it will close.

“It provides a visible presence in the village but we are aware that the police authority are under enormous pressure to make savings and we do sympathise with them.

“People will need to be satisfied that this will not detract from police presence in the village and we need reassurance that we will not lose any frontline officers off the beat.”

The closure of the station is being considered as part of Lancashire Constabulary cost-cutting measures.

Proposals are already being considered which would involve Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CID working from one location, possibly Accrington.

And Newton station serving four villages in the rural Hodder Valley – the only one between Clitheroe and Lancaster, almost 25 miles – has also been earmarked for closure.

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The savings are being demanded by the Government.

The consulation process launched to give people a say on the future of police premises across the county will end tomorrow.

Around 1,000 residents have completed surveys during 12 weeks and hundreds more made contact via meetings, e-mail and petitions.

The views on the closure of selected front counters and police stations, will now be considered and a final decision made in November.

Chief Superintendent Tim Jacques said: “Every single aspect of our business is being reviewed in order to find the necessary savings and that includes the properties we use and the services we provide at front counters in police stations.

“We recognise that any closures will cause concern which is why we were extremely keen to consult the public before we made any decisions.”

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9:47am Fri 23 Sep 11

--oOo-- says...

Brilliant.

Give planning to massively increase the population of Whalley and then decrease the services to the village.

What a complete bunch of morons.
Brilliant. Give planning to massively increase the population of Whalley and then decrease the services to the village. What a complete bunch of morons. --oOo--
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11:55am Fri 23 Sep 11

shytalk says...

Thats only the start. Wait until they are queing up from Barrow to get a doctors appointment for all the diseases caused by the sewage system not able to cope.
Hope the people that buy these new houses realise they will proberbly have to send there kids to school in Manchester because the schools are already full.
Thats only the start. Wait until they are queing up from Barrow to get a doctors appointment for all the diseases caused by the sewage system not able to cope. Hope the people that buy these new houses realise they will proberbly have to send there kids to school in Manchester because the schools are already full. shytalk
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10:59am Sat 24 Sep 11

Coeur de Lion says...

Where are you Nigel, too busy being important eh. You will be lucky if you get enough votes at the next general election to keep your deposit
Where are you Nigel, too busy being important eh. You will be lucky if you get enough votes at the next general election to keep your deposit Coeur de Lion
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11:07am Sat 24 Sep 11

drunken donut says...

Coeur de Lion wrote:
Where are you Nigel, too busy being important eh. You will be lucky if you get enough votes at the next general election to keep your deposit
Most people that I know who say they will vote at the next general election will be voting UKIP. At least their party is not taking backhanders from builders for making building on green field easier. Shame on you Nigel!
[quote][p][bold]Coeur de Lion[/bold] wrote: Where are you Nigel, too busy being important eh. You will be lucky if you get enough votes at the next general election to keep your deposit[/p][/quote]Most people that I know who say they will vote at the next general election will be voting UKIP. At least their party is not taking backhanders from builders for making building on green field easier. Shame on you Nigel! drunken donut
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