Search for site for new police station
Current one to close in cuts but hunt is on for a permanent base
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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