Search for site for new po­lice sta­tion

Cur­rent one to close in cuts but hunt is on for a per­ma­nent base

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A VIL­LAGE po­lice sta­tion will be closed to save cash, prompt­ing calls from neigh­bours for a re­place­ment base to be lo­cated nearby.

Thames Val­ley Po­lice an­nounced last week that Ger­rards Cross po­lice sta­tion in Ox­ford Road, Tatling End will close and be re­placed by 2017, sav­ing £26,000 a year.

This means that po­lice will op­er­ate from a new site, although the lo­ca­tion has not yet been an­nounced.

Peo­ple liv­ing in the vil­lage say that they would like the po­lice still have a per­ma­nent base in the area.

Ros Hurn, of Bul­strode Way, has spo­ken out pre­vi­ously of her de­sire to see the po­lice move to a site closer to the vil­lage cen­tre.

She said: “I would be greatly in support of them be­ing some­where like Pack­horse Road or Sta­tion Road. It would be much bet­ter, peo­ple would be able to see more of them than they do now.

“The build­ing at Tatling End could make way for af­ford­able homes, which would be a good use of that site.”

Thames Val­ley Po­lice has at­tempted in the past to move to the site of a for­mer es­tate agent in Pack­horse Road but with­drew the ap­pli­ca­tion after it was rec­om­mended for re­fusal due to South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil con­cerns about the loss of a re­tail site.

Of­fi­cers cov­er­ing both Ger­rards Cross and Den­ham are based at the Tatling End site.

Po­lice have men­tioned the pos­si­bil­ity of op­er­at­ing from pub­lic build­ings, such as the vil­lage li­brary, in­stead of hav­ing their own site, but parish coun­cil chair­man Chris Brown is un­sure of the idea.

He said: “Ide­ally, I would like to see them hav­ing their own base in the cen­tre of Ger­rards Cross. That would be the best so­lu­tion.”

A po­lice spokesman said the force does not ex­pect to sell the po­lice sta­tion be­fore 2016 and added: “We now need to re­view each lo­ca­tion on its mer­its and es­tab­lish what pub­lic in­ter­face is re­quired for that lo­ca­tion, and how that is best de­liv­ered.

“The in­ten­tion is to re-pro­vide a pub­lic in­ter­face in Ger­rards Cross it­self if we can.

“In some other lo­ca­tions we have main­tained the staffed front counter, in oth­ers we have set up vol­un­teer run po­lice in­for­ma­tion points, some­times in pub­lic build­ings such as a li­brary.”

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BOXES OF FOOD: From left, Euan Do­ran, Ben Hobbs, James O’Hara, Wilder Kil­patrick, Eashen Dubb and Henry Ter­rell of Thorpe House School with their har­vest do­na­tions

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