Fears for town police station

St Annes Police Station. VIEW
St Annes Police Station. VIEW
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ST ANNES police station could still be under threat of closure, despite it being earmarked to continue with its current level of service under the Lancashire force’s proposals for the future.

That’s the fear of St Annes Chamber of Trade, who are encouraging local residents to lobby police with letters of support for the station.

The Chamber’s concerns over the St Andrews Road North Building come despite the force saying ahead of a three-month period of consultation that the counter is to remain open there, along with the station being a base for officers, while Lytham station is to close completely and Kirkham is to lose its counter service.

St Annes Chamber of Trade chairman John Moxham said it was important to stress that the proposals as outlined by the Lancashire police were only recommendations and that it was vital not to take anything for granted until the consultation period was complete.

“I think it is important that we don’t get a false sense of security from the initial recommendations,” said Mr Moxham.

“After a three-month consultation period the situation could be different and I think the St Annes police station building is a very attractive property as far as a potential new buyer is concerned.

“I would urge local residents to tell the police how much they want their station to stay - it certainly won’t do any harm and might just make a vital difference when it comes to the recommendations being turned into firm decisions.”

The consultation period gets underway a week tomorrow and the police have asked for as much input as possible over the following three months as they look to finalise the decisions which they hope will save £1 million per year in running costs.

The sale other of some station properties across the county ex expected to raise another £4 million.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: “It will be vital for us to carefully consider how we strike the right balance between finding the savings whilst limiting the impact on the public and protecting officer numbers in what is an already constricting environment.”