ELLESMERE’S new police base will not be open to the public, the area’s police officer has said.
Speaking at last week’s Local Joint Committee meeting for the Ellesmere Area, PC Paul Crump said despite reports in the media the base within Ellesmere’s Town Hall will not have public opening hours.
Last week’s Advertizer reported how there had been initial hopes that the new base would be open to the public.
But PC Crump claims the news did not mean Ellesmere was losing a public desk as there was no public opening in the former station on Grange Road.
He said: “Because of the office we are in currently we will not have opening hours for members of the public.
“However, members of the public can ring us from home or call the non-emergency 101 number to report concerns which will disseminate to me at some point.”
PC Crump also confirmed hopes to establish an open surgery, similar to the regular PACT meetings in the town hall to facilitate an opportunity for the public to speak with officers.
The former station closed its doors earlier this month as part of West Mercia Police’s on-going multi-million pound savings.
Chairman of the LJC, Councillor Ann Hartley, said it was “great” to see the police car parked outside the town hall each day bringing a “visible presence” of police to the town.