Stourport police station to move to Civic Centre

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STOURPORT police station could close and be relocated to the Civic Centre according to money-saving plans announced by West Mercia Police today.

The plans, set out in a new policing model, include suggestions to close Bewdley police station, in Kidderminster Road, as well as a small police base in Comberton, in Queen Elizabeth Road.

Chief Constable David Shaw and Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore announced the force needed to save £20.1 million by 2015 and plan to do this by closing stations and bases.

Stourport plans could see West Mercia Police working with local authorities to share facilities at the Civic Centre while the station, in Bewdley Road, closes.

Despite the planned closure of Bewdley station, services are unlikely to be affected as officers already respond to incidents in the town from Kidderminster and there is currently no staffed front desk.

Plans also include reducing the number of police patrol bases from 30 to 11 across the West Mercia force area, closing 11 police buildings entirely and enabling officers to be stationed at schools, community centres or shopping centres.

Mr Shaw said: “We can no longer afford to have as many police buildings as we do. Buildings provide no protection but people do.”

Mr Shaw stressed that no stations would close until alternative services had been provided.

Mr Longmore said: “I hope people understand the very difficult financial situation the police are in and that changes have to be made to make better use of the funding that’s available.

“By looking at the police estate we can save £1.5 million which is the equivalent of 30 police constables or 51 PCSOs.”

A consultation is now underway until the end of March. Two public sessions will be held for people to find out more about the plans.

The first will be at Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre, in Shrewsbury on Thursday, February 28 at 1pm, followed by an event at Worcester Whitehouse Hotel, in Foregate Street, on Tuesday March 5 at 1pm.

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6:27pm Thu 21 Feb 13

stour67 says...

It only needs the phone moving as most people think stourports closed yrs ago.
It only needs the phone moving as most people think stourports closed yrs ago. stour67
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7:23pm Thu 21 Feb 13

jon cooper says...

As with many frontline services sadly being downsized, relocated or at worse axed; it was inevitable that at some stage our police stations here in Wyre Forest would eventually be hit.

With the latest revelation of the closure of Bewdley Police Station, it is of some concern that the district will be served by only two police stations in the future. With regards to Stourport Police Station possibly relocating to the towns Civic Centre, this proposal is some way off, as i believe the transfer of the management of the Civic Centre complex is still not quite near to a positive conclusion. Worryingly this means that not only another police station is facing an uncertain future here in Wyre Forest; but other frontline services that are hoped to be re-housed in Stourport Civic Centre are still at risk too.

Grim days indeed ...
As with many frontline services sadly being downsized, relocated or at worse axed; it was inevitable that at some stage our police stations here in Wyre Forest would eventually be hit. With the latest revelation of the closure of Bewdley Police Station, it is of some concern that the district will be served by only two police stations in the future. With regards to Stourport Police Station possibly relocating to the towns Civic Centre, this proposal is some way off, as i believe the transfer of the management of the Civic Centre complex is still not quite near to a positive conclusion. Worryingly this means that not only another police station is facing an uncertain future here in Wyre Forest; but other frontline services that are hoped to be re-housed in Stourport Civic Centre are still at risk too. Grim days indeed ... jon cooper
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7:38pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Stephen Brown says...

Personally I think Police stations should be separate functions in separate buildings. This morphing of services into one homogenous mass is undesirable and creates identity and conflicting issues in itself.

As for Bewdley Police Station being closed, I fail to see how services are to be unaffected? Try asking someone who lives in Bewdley who wants to visit the non-existent Bewdley police station and talk to someone in person if the service is 'unaffected'. Not everyone wants to deal over the phone or the internet and this disconnection of policing from local communities is part of the reason for some of the issues that society currently faces.

More backward steps in my view.
Personally I think Police stations should be separate functions in separate buildings. This morphing of services into one homogenous mass is undesirable and creates identity and conflicting issues in itself. As for Bewdley Police Station being closed, I fail to see how services are to be unaffected? Try asking someone who lives in Bewdley who wants to visit the non-existent Bewdley police station and talk to someone in person if the service is 'unaffected'. Not everyone wants to deal over the phone or the internet and this disconnection of policing from local communities is part of the reason for some of the issues that society currently faces. More backward steps in my view. Stephen Brown
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10:13pm Thu 21 Feb 13

FranOb says...

The Comberton Police base serves Offmore, Comberton and Spennells. The alternative of basing our Local Policing Team at the main Kidderminster Police Station is not acceptable. At the very least they should be housed in the Windermere House Police Base on Hurcott Rd. NOT the other side of town!
The Comberton Police base serves Offmore, Comberton and Spennells. The alternative of basing our Local Policing Team at the main Kidderminster Police Station is not acceptable. At the very least they should be housed in the Windermere House Police Base on Hurcott Rd. NOT the other side of town! FranOb
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4:27pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Shibdrift says...

Surely we should have police officers if we need a police station?
Haven't seen any for ages?!
Bit like useful councillors etc. - rare as hens teeth!
Surely we should have police officers if we need a police station? Haven't seen any for ages?! Bit like useful councillors etc. - rare as hens teeth! Shibdrift
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1:13pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Bewdlay says...

Before they leave could the Bewdley police please arrest the handful of smack heads that are a blight on the town. Its always the same faces hanging around with the cans of beer in the daytime, smoking weed & littering before speeding off to the dole office when there mate turns up in his souped up car.
Thanks
Before they leave could the Bewdley police please arrest the handful of smack heads that are a blight on the town. Its always the same faces hanging around with the cans of beer in the daytime, smoking weed & littering before speeding off to the dole office when there mate turns up in his souped up car. Thanks Bewdlay
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11:03am Sun 24 Feb 13

happyness 21 says...

all anyone see is these support officers going round get rid of them and put a bobbie back on the beat . You knew you could rely on them if there was trouble and you allways knew who your local bobbie was and where the police house was if he was needed ,and you could walk in any of these towns with out fear because the police patroled them ,these days well why are we paying money out for not getting a proper police force . i vote bring back the street bobbie.
all anyone see is these support officers going round get rid of them and put a bobbie back on the beat . You knew you could rely on them if there was trouble and you allways knew who your local bobbie was and where the police house was if he was needed ,and you could walk in any of these towns with out fear because the police patroled them ,these days well why are we paying money out for not getting a proper police force . i vote bring back the street bobbie. happyness 21
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