Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Caroline Henry opposes relocation of Newark Police Station and undertake a public consultation
The Conservative candidate for the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner elections on May 6 has vowed, if elected, to oppose moving Newark Police Station and undertake a full public consultation and review of the decision.
Nottinghamshire Police recently announced its intention to move the police station to Newark and Sherwood District Council offices at Castle House with a £1m contribution from the £25m allocated to Newark through the Towns Fund.
The move to centralise public services would see the closure of a £7m building, described by police as no longer fit for purpose, that was opened in 2007.
Commenting on the closure, Conservative candidate Caroline Henry said: “While the current Labour commissioner splashes the cash on a new £17m police station in Nottingham, yet again Newark loses out and has its services cut once again.
“I’m fed up of Newark and other towns across Nottinghamshire losing out while Nottingham gets all the resource. This is a perfectly decent building, the closure of which the force admit will only save £100,000 a year. Moving it to the other side of a train barrier which is regularly closed for long periods of time beggars belief.
“Crime has risen 35% in Newark since the current commissioner was elected, and Newark has lost its custody suite and now its entire police station.
"It’s not acceptable and Newark must not be ignored any longer. If Paddy Tipping won’t consult the people of Newark, I will."
The election on May 6 will see the county vote for a new police and crime commissioner for a shortened term of three years due to changes to the elections as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.
Caroline Henry has pledged to deliver 100 more officers in 2021 alone and oversee a policing strategy to put more focus on the victims of crime.
PCC Paddy Tipping has been approached for comment.
Of the necessity to relocate the police station, Chief Constable Craig Guildford said last week: “The Towns Fund gives us a unique opportunity as partners to work together to design out crime.
“We need to work in a more agile way with our partners to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Newark going forward, which relocating together gives us the opportunity and ambition to do so.
“This builds of the great partnership work we have done in Newark already with the Safer Streets programme.
“Our mantra is it is about boots on the ground and not square footage of building space.
“Our officers work out and about in the community and the office space is only ever a base."