Changes but most want to keep them
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”
PRESENCE NEEDED: (Above) Trevor Kent; (left) Martin Parkes
OF MIND: Barbara Richardson