Police station refit affects response times


Emily Davies

A CLOSED police station is impacting response times in Chirk, one councillor has warned.
Councillor Jackie Allen said last week that the closure of Cefn Mawr station for refurbishment is causing PCSOs serving Chirk and the Ceiriog Valley to travel out to Cefn and Llangollen for emergencies.
However, the officers from Cefn are currently based at Chirk while the work takes place.
“We’ve got extra officers in a way,” explained Cllr Allen, “But if something happens in Llangollen or Cefn they have got to go, and then they are in Llangollen if something happens in Chirk.”

Her comments came as the two dedicated PCSOs for Chirk were unable to attend the monthly town council meeting due to an incident in Llangollen.
However, Councillor Ian Roberts, who represents Chirk North, said: “I just wonder if this could be the shape of things to come? Will they close Cefn Mawr, create a hub post, and work with a larger team of officers rather than ones specific to each area?
“I feel at last we have dedicated PCSOs who we know and can go to, I think to have a large group that could cover anywhere will cause problems.”
His suggestion to write to the Police Commissioner for North Wales about where the extra policing hours promised to the region are, was taken up by the council.
North Wales Police inspector Andy Jones, commented: “Cefn Mawr is closed temporarily for renovation and is due to reopen in the next two weeks and will be fully staffed as before. The Cefn Mawr staff have been temporarily based at Chirk, but there have been no rota moves and officers continue to be responsible for their own wards. As always, staff occasionally deal with incidents in other areas,  if the nature of the incident requires early attendance.
“We are fully committed to the ethos of PCSOs being responsible for their wards and their local community,” he added.

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