THE battle to save Oswestry’s police station is over after force leaders confirmed it will not be closed.
West Mercia Police’s Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore, and Chief Constable David Shaw made the announcement on Thursday (February 21) as they revealed how the force plans to save £20 million by 2015.
Ellesmere was one of three stations that were revealed for closure following the review of estates and premises.
The announcement to retain Oswestry’s police station follows months of speculation over the future of the Park Street site, which houses the town’s CCTV monitoring system.
Shropshire Council Leader, and Oswestry South representative, Keith Barrow, said: “I am delighted Oswestry’s police station is safe, it is a huge relief. The CCTV is very important as we have spent a lot of time putting in place and I look forward to the opportunity to speak with Mr Longmore privately when he attends Shropshire Council on Thursday.”
Mr Longmore, who also announced plans to restructure local police teams to hit themulti-million pound savings target, said: “I hope people understand the very difficult financial situation the police are in, and that changes have to be made to make better use of the funding that is available.
“It is important that we look at every aspect of the service to see where efficiencies can be made, and I think most people would agree that it is more of a priority to have officers on the beat rather than paying for the upkeep of lots of police stations.”
l Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore will attend a public meeting at Oswestry’s Wynnstay Hotel tonight (Tuesday) from 7pm where he will take questions from the public and Oswestry Town Council. To attend call 01691 680222 in advance.