Changes but most want to keep them

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A GROUP that rep­re­sents the el­derly would like to see Che­sham’s front desk kept open.

Chair­man of Che­sham Over 50s Pos­i­tive Ac­tion Group, Bar­bara Richard­son, said: “The gen­eral feel­ing is that the po­lice sta­tion is only open a few days from 10am to 2pm which is ridicu­lous any­way, so in peo­ple’s minds they thought it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore we lost it all to­gether.

“Of course we would like to see it re­main open, and I’m sure peo­ple would rather see it open a short time rather than lose it com­pletely.

“We lose ev­ery­thing in Che­sham and we cer­tainly don’t want to see that go as well.”

Mrs Richard­son said even though only a few peo­ple may use it, she thinks they do ap­pre­ci­ate it be­ing open.

She added: “I think it’s hav­ing the peace of mind that it’s there and I think if it was open more of­ten more peo­ple would use it, a lot of peo­ple for­get that it’s only open a short time.”

Mrs Richard­son hopes the sta­tion will be re­placed in a prom­i­nent part of town.

She added: “I don’t think peo­ple will be happy at all if it goes some­where ob­scure.

“With it be­ing on the main road it’s easy to get to, but if it gets tucked away peo­ple are go­ing to for­get about it.” THAMES Val­ley Po­lice said it will try to re­lo­cate sta­tions and of­fi­cers in the ‘heart of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties’ where ap­pro­pri­ate.

Cam­paign group Bet­ter Che­sham would wel­come the sta­tion be­ing re­placed in the town’s high street.

Co-founder Martin Parkes said: “I think it’s al­ways good for po­lice to have a high pro­file and if there’s a po­lice pres­ence in the high street that will be a good thing be­cause it might make peo­ple think twice about com­mit­ting a crime.”

While Mr Parkes said he would not miss the front desk, as he prefers us­ing the 101 ser­vice, he thinks it would in­con­ve­nience oth­ers.

He added: “I un­der­stand that el­derly or vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple might be more con­cerned about the lack of a front desk be­cause it does give peo­ple con­fi­dence as it’s some­where to drop in.

“The other thing is not hav­ing one will make it more dif­fi­cult for peo­ple who have to prove things like their car in­surance and tax by call­ing into a po­lice sta­tion.

“If there are fewer po­lice sta­tions with front desks that will mean peo­ple will have a longer jour­ney when they have to at­tend a po­lice sta­tion, which could be an is­sue for cer­tain peo­ple.” A MEM­BER of the Ger­rards Cross Age Con­cern or­gan­i­sa­tion be­lieves the best way for po­lice to in­ter­act with peo­ple is to be out on the beat.

Jen­nifer Woolveridge, who is

art of the char­ity which pro­motes the eeds of el­derly peo­ple n the area, as well as eing part of Ger­rards ross Parish and South ucks Dis­trict coun­cils, ys el­derly peo­ple would pre­fer to see a ‘friendly face’ on the streets, than have po­lice based at lo­ca­tions such as li­braries.

She said: “They would rather have po­lice on the beat so that they could see a friendly face. It means that if they’ve got a con­cern they can see a po­lice of­fi­cer to talk to about it straight away.”

She added: “It would be great to see the po­lice out and about, walk­ing the streets or on their bikes. I think peo­ple would very much like to see them do­ing that.”

It would be great to see

the po­lice out and about, walk­ing the streets

or on their bikes. I think peo­ple would very much like to see

them do­ing that”

AN ES­TATE agent would like to see a smaller base for po­lice in ei­ther Ger­rards Cross or Chal­font St Peter.

Trevor Kent, whose of­fice is in Ox­ford Road, Ger­rards Cross, says while he does not re­gret see­ing Ger­rards Cross po­lice sta­tion, in Tatling End, close, he would like to see the po­lice hav­ing a site in ei­ther of the two vil­lages.

He said: “I don’t sup­pose that peo­ple can see po­lice at Tatling End. It makes ev­ery sense to close it and get some­thing smaller.

“It will speed up their re­sponse time, but I think there is def­i­nitely a need for some sort of cen­tral lo­ca­tion so that the po­lice can be based some­where, and have a place where hey can hold peo­ple if they eed to.” He added: The ideal would be to ave the po­lice n ei­ther er­rards Cross r Chal­font St eter, where ople know here they are d how to ntact them, d where po­lice are close to their cars so that they can jump in them and get to places quickly if they need to.”

Mr Kent said: “I don’t think it needs to be a big place. Just a shop front or some­thing like that would do it.”

We lose ev­ery­thing in Che­sham and we cer­tainly don’t want to see

that go as well”

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PRES­ENCE NEEDED: (Above) Trevor Kent; (left) Martin Parkes

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OF MIND: Bar­bara Richard­son

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