Alistair Cameron ask questions about Tewkesbury Police Station move

December 5, 2011 4:11 PM

Alistair Cameron, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Tewkesbury, has written to the Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police asking the following questions about the announcement to close the Police Station at Barton Street, Tewkesbury and to move it to the Tewkesbury Borough Council Offices:-

  • When the police announced proposals to close a number of stations earlier in the year, there were extensive consultations with local communities including a series of public meetings. Will there be similar consultations with residents in Tewkesbury?
  • Will the same police station opening hours be maintained at the station at the Council Offices as at Barton Street?
  • Many residents in Tewkesbury are familiar with the location of the station at Barton Street which is very accessible due to its central location. What analysis has been carried out of the number of people who have called at the Barton Road station and where they live? This should enable the police to understand the impact on local residents of moving the station.
  • Has consideration been given to maintaining a police presence in the centre of Tewkesbury such as through a police point? This would enable the public to meet with the police at an accessible location and discuss policing issues.

Alistair said: "I appreciate that Gloucestershire Police is having to make considerable savings whilst trying to maintain front line services. However, many residents in Tewkesbury will have major concerns about moving the police station from an accessible location in the town centre to a location outside the town centre. I therefore look forward to the response to my questions."