Meeting to hear of police station closure fears

Councillor Ken Hudson with the area of the M6 where he says the new junction should be
Councillor Ken Hudson with the area of the M6 where he says the new junction should be

A PUBLIC meeting to discuss the closure of rural police stations is to take place just weeks before the end of the consultation period.

Lancashire police has already launched an online consultation into the proposed closure of a swath of rural stations as part of planned £42m savings over the next four years.

Among the stations to be sold in the police Central Division are the ones at Broughton, Woodplumpton, Goosnargh, Grimsargh and Fulwood.

In the Northern division the Cabus station would also be sold.

The consultation will close at the end of September, but police will not meet the public to discuss the plans until Thursday, September 8.

Preston Coun Ken Hudson, who represents the Preston Rural North ward, said: “The consultation period is 12 weeks and the thing is that is the earliest we have been able to call a meeting.

“It is no good calling a meeting and having no police there.

“The earliest the police could do it was September 8, which we do not think is good enough.

“But having said that, if they take some notice with only three weeks to go, the object will be achieved.”

Chief Superintendent Tim Jacques, said: “I would urge anyone with a view to contact us and let us know their thoughts.

“They can do this in a variety of ways, including via Facebook and email, writing to the divisional commander and via a web survey which is due to launch next week.

“At the end of it, there will have to be some very difficult decisions made and some cuts are inevitable given the amount of money we need to save.

“However, it is our firm intention to make sure that we strike the right balance between finding these savings while limiting the impact on the public and protecting officer numbers in what is an already constricting environment.”