Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Aldeburgh/Saxmundham: Communities assured there will be no cut in manpower as police stations reduced

12:49 07 January 2014

Police stations will be closed

Police stations will be closed

Police have reassured residents that they are not planning to cut the number of officers on patrol in east Suffolk, despite axing a number of police stations.

Both Saxmundham and Aldeburgh will be losing their stations, the latest communities to do so – both destined to make way for housing.

But the stations are not open to the public – except for advertised drop-in surgeries or public forum meetings – and are mainly used as a base and office accommodation for police officers who are working in the area.

The force said the presence of officers in communities would not be reduced, and it was seeking alternative and more cost-efficient accommodation for the teams.

Many of the smaller town and village police stations around the county are too big and expensive – especially their heating – to run.

Suffolk Constabulary has applied for permission to knock down Saxmundham police station and use its quarter-of-an-acre site to build four new homes.

One pair of semi-detached homes would face on to Station Approach and the other on to New Cut.

Town councillors though are against the demolition and want the single-storey building listed as a “community asset” so they can spearhead plans to use it as a possible youth centre.

Permission is also being sought to demolish Aldeburgh police station in Leiston Road, Aldeburgh, and replace it with five detached homes.

It is understood that negotiations are taking place to provide new accommodation for officers patrolling the Saxmundham area in the Fromus Centre, while talks are also under way over a new location in Aldeburgh.

Suffolk Constabulary is aiming to make the new premises in market towns more central and convenient, as well as being cheaper.

Consent was given previously for the police station in Badingham Road, Framlingham, to be converted into a house with a new house built on land alongside. A deal was struck for accommodation for the police officers at the town’s fire station.

Approval was also given last summer for Bungay police station to be replaced with a two-storey house. Arrangements were made for a Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) office elsewhere in the town.

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “Firstly, and most importantly, I must stress that any changes to our police station provision will not affect policing levels in the county.

“I am totally committed to maintaining the SNT cover throughout the county and that is definitely not up for negotiation.

“We have sold several of our ageing police stations and replaced them with offices shared with partners. Our joint police/fire stations in Framlingham, Elmswell, Debenham and Ixworth are good examples, as is the SNT office in the Mid Suffolk District Council office in Needham Market and the one at Hartismere Hospital.

“I am committed to working with local communities to find alternative uses for the redundant stations and looking for creative and innovative ways to maximise the opportunities that present themselves through changes to the Constabulary’s estate.

“I will always ensure that we get the very best value for the council tax payer, sometimes this will be financial value and in other cases it may be community benefit.

“This is an integral part of my Police and Crime Plan.”

0 comments

Firefighters from Colchester were called to a blaze on a boat.

Two fire crews from Colchester were called to a boat moored on the quay in the town after reports of a fire on Saturday morning.

Clacton lifeboat was launched during the drama at the pier.

All four emergency services were called to a drama on Clacton Pier on Friday afternoon when someone was seen sitting on the wrong side of the fence.

The site earmarked for 175 homes in Stowupland.

The approval of 175 homes on the edge of a Suffolk village has prompted fears that planning shortfalls highlighted in the decision could leave more communities at risk from “predatory” applications.

Colchester General Hospital

An “exciting” new multi-million pound state-of-the-art department will be built at Colchester General Hospital as it becomes a regional centre for medical tests.

Pupils from Kyson school, Woodbridge take time out from usual lesson to build dens.

Suffolk primary school pupils ended their half term with a two day den-building adventure this week transforming piles of rubbish into creative constructions complete with drawbridges, furnishings and secret tunnels.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24