Meeting over station’s fate

Mary Wilson MBE, Coun Tim Ashton, Coun Brenda Ackers
Mary Wilson MBE, Coun Tim Ashton, Coun Brenda Ackers
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A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Lytham as the battle hots up to save the town’s police station.

The Clifton Street station is under threat of total closure under proposals by Lancashire Constabulary to save £42 million by closing some stations across the county and cutting back services at others.

A petition to save the station at Lytham has been underway for some weeks now and campaigners including local councillors Tim Ashton and Brenda Ackers have received an encouraging response.

Now, Coun Ashton is urging as many members of the public as possible to go along and make their voices heard when a public meeting over the proposed closure is held at Lytham Assembly Rooms on Friday, September 16, starting at 7pm.

“It is vital that Lytham keeps its police station,” said Coun Ashton.

“The people we have approached about the petition feel that very strongly and I think recent major events such as the Proms and the Wartime Weekend illustrate how vital it is to have a station in the heart of town.

“There is something very reassuring about how having a station on our doorstep and if it was to close, other services could follow and we could see the heart torn out of the town.

“I have seen that happen in other parts of Lancashire and I don’t want it to happen in Lytham.”

Campaigners are encouraged by the successful fight to keep open Warton Street Post Office in the town some years ago when that looked certain to close. “Anyone who thinks this is a fait accompli should look at the Warton Street situation – that was successful and we can be here,” said Coun Ashton.

Under the police proposals – currently the subject of a three-month public consultation process – Lytham station would close altogether and Kirkham would lose its front counter facility, with St Annes station remaining fully open.

A public meeting has already been held over the Kirkham proposal. That was attended by Blackpool divisional commander Ch Supt Richard Debicki, who Coun Ashton hopes will be at the Lytham meeting.