Police station under threat

CROP members (Concerned Residents Of Poulton) in Poulton le Fylde Market Square
CROP members (Concerned Residents Of Poulton) in Poulton le Fylde Market Square
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THE future of a Fylde coast police station is under threat.

Poulton’s station, based in the Market Place, is currently under review, it was today confirmed.

But it could join a list of others including Weeton, Singleton, Hambleton and Preesall to be sold.

Goosnargh, Woodplumpton and Grimsargh are also up for sale.

The police stations are being put on the market as the force looks to make savings of £43m out of its £300m budget over the next four years.

Although officers would continue to patrol the Poulton area, residents fear an increase in crime if the station was lost.

It is not known if another, smaller station, would be opened in its place.

John Bailie, a spokesman for the concerned residents of Poulton (CROP), said a town of its size needs a police station.

He said: “It would be no good to not have a station based in Poulton, I would not like to see officers based elsewhere.

“However members of (CROP) have always thought the police station is based in the wrong location.

“We would rather see the building used as a market place for specialist goods and local produce.

“It is an area misused at the moment – the aesthetics of the building and its location could really bind Poulton together.

“We would have liked to see a police station incorporated in the Station Road development – when there were plans to build a health centre there instead of on Vicarage Road.

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“However we do need a police station in the town and I would not like to see it close with no replacement.

“And if it is sold we do not want to see another pub or club adding to the night time economy – we need to focus on encouraging visitors during the day.”

A police spokesman confirmed the station was under review.