Fight is on to save station

Lytham Police Station.
Lytham Police Station.

BATTLE lines are being drawn in a bid to save Lytham Police Station from closure under controversial plans issued this week by the Lancashire force.

Councillors and community leaders have reacted with dismay to proposed cuts in counter services announced in a bid to save more than £1 million annually countywide.

They include the total closure and sale of the Lytham station, which only relocated to brand new premises on Clifton Street some five years ago.

Kirkham would lose its counter service just a matter of months after a new look station opened in the town’s Freckleton Street, although it would still be used as a based by officers, while Freckleton rural station, vacant for some time would be closed and sold off.

Under the plans. St Annes, where arrangement would remain unchanged, is the only South Fylde police station counter which would remain open.

The police say three months of consultation is tostart on July 1, during which the public can make known their feeling about the closures - and Lytham councillor Tim Ashton has vowed to fight the closure plan all the way.

“I am devastated at the threat to Lytham Police Station, especially so soon after so much was invested in moving into new premises,” he said.

“But the local community won the battle to keep open Warton Street post office, so we can take heart from that and make sure we battle all the way to keep this vital facility open.”

Kirkham Mayor Coun Elaine Silverwood said: “I have been assured me that we will be involved throughout the consultation period. Kirkham Town Council has an excellent working relationship with the police and I see it as us working together as a team.

“We’re all aware of the vicious cuts being made and we have to try and ensure that we get the best for the Kirkham, Wesham and rural Fylde residents.”

Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “It’s important to ensure frontline policing and response times are not affected. They want to make sure there is a maximum police presence on the streets, not sat behind a desk and I have some sympathy with that.”