Police station closed by cash-strapped force

Police station closed by cash-strapped force

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:06am 11th April 2017. (Updated at 4:31pm 24th April 2017)

Decision to shut the Tisbury base will 'save thousands' according to bosses at Wiltshire Police.

Tisbury, Wiltshire's largest village, no longer has its own dedicated police station.

The building on The Avenue has been closed as part of cost cuts by Wiltshire Police. The plan now is to sell the redundant office.

Instead, local Police Officers and staff are sharing use of the recently revamped Nadder Centre, Tisbury's Health and Wellbeing Centre, which officially opened in March.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, agreed a lease with Wiltshire Council last week (w/c 3 April 2017) and officers and staff now have 24/7 access cards to get into the Nadder Centre. Wiltshire Police stopped using the old police station from that point.

POLICE STATION TO BE SOLD:

In a statement Wiltshire Police said:

"The Commissioner intends to dispose of the old police station in Tisbury. The sale will generate capital, but it is too early to say how much. It will also save significant sums in running costs."

"Members of the West Wiltshire Community Policing Team (CPT) based in Warminster, will be able to use [Nadder Centre] the modern, bright public space as a 'touch down' point, whilst out patrolling in the Tisbury area. At the new centre in Weaveland Road, CPT officers and staff will benefit from having 24/7 access to the building and the use of a dedicated interview room for private meetings with the public when needed."

Police Station Tisbury

LOCKED UP: Tisbury Police station now closed

Inspector James Brain added:

"These new surroundings will make it a more pleasant space for us to meet people for face-to-face consultations and for pre-arranged meetings with the public. Under our Community Policing model and with the investment in mobile technology, officers no longer need to return to a police station to do paperwork. They can now do that work and much more, whilst out and about."

"Our officers and PCSOs can now work in public places, whether a building like Wiltshire Council's Nadder Centre, or even a coffee shop."

LATEST IN A STRING OF STATIONS TO BE AXED:

Salisbury's Police Station was closed in June 2014 and now shares space at Wiltshire Council's Bourne Hill offices.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, said:

"I remain committed to working with public sector partners to make the most efficient use of public buildings. The closure of the old and under-used police station will generate capital and save thousands of pounds in annual running costs."

"This is the latest example of the way that public sector partners are working together to share buildings. There are already multi-use police and council buildings, such as Monkton Park in Chippenham, Bourne Hill in Salisbury, Swindon Town Centre (former Plus One building) and Corsham Springfield campus."

The Commissioner emphasised that the closure of the police station will mean there is no change in the service that the people of Tisbury receive from the Force.

Mr Macpherson has also said:

"Buildings don't keep people safe from crime. It is the visibility of officers out in the community and their ability to respond quickly when needed that is important."

The Commissioner intends to dispose of the old police station in Tisbury. The sale will generate capital, but it is too early to say how much. It will also save significant sums in running costs. 

COULD WE SEE MORE BUILDINGS SOLD OFF?

Angus Macpherson says he's reviewing all of the police estate - that includes Amesbury station as well as other buildings like Wilton, Alderbury and Pewsey.

In a statement to Spire FM Mr Macpherson says:

"We have buildings which are no longer fit for purpose, built many years ago, totally unsuitable for the needs of 21st century policing. I have invested in technology to get officers out of offices and working in communities. This means we need fewer buildings.

 " I have to make a stark choice between protecting our frontline service to the public and spending on under used buildings."

Mr Macpherson has stressed any closures would be "phased" and, as is now the case in Tisbury, officers would have a presence in shared buildings with partners like for example Wiltshire Council.

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