Wyre Forest MP discusses police station plans

WYRE Forest MP Mark Garnier has met with West Mercia Police’s Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to discuss the force’s plans to review its estate.

Chief Constable David Shaw and PCC Bill Longmore announced plans to save £1.5 million by closing and relocating police stations and bases including moving Stourport police station to the Civic Centre and closing Bewdley police station but replacing it with a community base.

Mr Garnier said: “David and Bill have undertaken rationalisation of police officer numbers and I am pleased they have now reached their long term target, meaning no further reductions in police numbers across the region.

“We also discussed the relocation and reallocation of Bewdley and Stourport police stations. The plans for Stourport bring the police presence into the centre of the town, whilst Bewdley will still see a police base in the centre of the town, albeit smaller.

“Whilst people access police services through many different means aside from front office visits, it is important that people feel secure that there is a visible police presence. I believe these measures address these concerns.”

Mr Longmore has held two public meetings to discuss the plans.

He said: “I am more than happy to travel anywhere in the West Mercia area to talk to people about these proposals, because I think it’s really important that we explain what it all means for people.

“But having said that, if a community has a particular need for a police station, or there’s an opportunity to share a building with someone else, we need to consider everything very carefully.”

To contact Mr Longmore visit westmercia-pcc.gov.uk

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11:23am Wed 6 Mar 13

GGmommy says...

What we need is more police on the streets. I fully support the need to streamline services and relocate bases to more efficient locations. Lets hope that the sale of existing buildings (eg Bewdley station) will release some funds to put more feet on the streets...and not just PCSO's, but Police that actually have power! Lets use the PCSO's to help out with the reams of paperwork that the Officers have to complete and get them back out on the streets, in the cars and on the bikes where they need to be!
What we need is more police on the streets. I fully support the need to streamline services and relocate bases to more efficient locations. Lets hope that the sale of existing buildings (eg Bewdley station) will release some funds to put more feet on the streets...and not just PCSO's, but Police that actually have power! Lets use the PCSO's to help out with the reams of paperwork that the Officers have to complete and get them back out on the streets, in the cars and on the bikes where they need to be! GGmommy

1:21pm Wed 6 Mar 13

Shibdrift says...

".....meaning no further reductions in police numbers across the region".

And how long will that last I wonder??

As usual, it's all words and no-one really gives a monkeys!
".....meaning no further reductions in police numbers across the region". And how long will that last I wonder?? As usual, it's all words and no-one really gives a monkeys! Shibdrift

11:56pm Mon 11 Mar 13

John Herbert Smith says...

Bewdley has no emergency services.

Out police station is often unmanned and is now due to close. The replacement will be a farce, probably in the overhyped "Bewdley hub".

Our fire station is often unmanned, I think firemen from Droitwich (~13 m away) were used when Catcham's End chip shop burnt down, presumably because it was quicker.

Kidderminster A&E is long gone.

Not good!
Bewdley has no emergency services. Out police station is often unmanned and is now due to close. The replacement will be a farce, probably in the overhyped "Bewdley hub". Our fire station is often unmanned, I think firemen from Droitwich (~13 m away) were used when Catcham's End chip shop burnt down, presumably because it was quicker. Kidderminster A&E is long gone. Not good! John Herbert Smith

8:24am Tue 12 Mar 13

Bewdlay says...

Just a thought. Can't the police share with the fire station ?
Just a thought. Can't the police share with the fire station ? Bewdlay

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