Volunteer idea for Garstang police station


RESIDENTS have just a few days left to let Lancashire Police know what they think of proposals to close Garstang Station’s public counter service.

Plans to close the front enquiry desk were announced in June as part of Lancashire Constabulary’s measures to save £42m over the next four years.

At Monday night’s town council meeting, councillors agreed to send a formal response endorsing the recommendation of Wyre Borough Council in favour of keeping the enquiry desk open.

Chief Supt Richard Bayly, head of Lancashire’s Northern Division told last month’s town council meeting all comments would be taken on board but consistency and a quality of service across all the stations would be a key consideration.

Councillors are to recommend to police chiefs that alternative options should be considered, including a front desk manned by volunteers.

The response will also support the arrangement of an appointment system, whereby members of the public would be able to visit their local station by appointment.

The deadline for responses to the public consultation is this Friday, September 23.