1,000 respond to police station closure consultation

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THE consultation process launched to give the public a say on the future of police premises across the county has ended.

Around 1,000 residents completed surveys during the 12-week consultation period, which proposed the closure of Earby police station and the front desks at Brierfield and Barnoldswick.

Hundreds more made contact with Lancashire Constabulary via meetings, e-mail and petitions.

Those views on the closure will now be considered at length and a final decision made in November.

The Constabulary has to find around £42m. of savings by 2014/15. Through its change programme, it has already identified where most of this money will come from, including reductions of hundreds of officers and staff.

Chief Supt Tim Jacques, from Lancashire Police, said: “Every single aspect of our business is being reviewed to find the necessary savings and that includes the properties we use and services we provide at front counters in police stations.

“We recognise any closures will cause concern which is why we were extremely keen to consult with the public before we made any final decisions.

“We were very pleased with the response. Thousands of people completed surveys, wrote in to us or came along to public meetings and I would like to thank everybody who took the opportunity to express their views.

“These will now be collated, considered and a final decision will be made in November, which we will share as soon as we can.

“There will have to be some very difficult decisions made and unfortunately some cuts are inevitable given the amount of money we need to save. However, it is our firm intention to make sure we strike the right balance between finding these savings and limiting the impact on the public.”