Reader's letter: No case for station relocation
Regarding the relocation of Newark Police Station, in August 2020, when this was first mooted, the chief constable said a move to Castle House would save the force around £100,000 a year, without being specific.
Then he claimed Newark was blighted by “retail decline, decreasing footfall in the town centre, skill shortages, low wages and a lack of residential and family entertainment venues.” Though what this has to do with policing is beyond me.
According to David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, crime and anti-social behaviour restricts Newark’s ability to become a visitor destination and the move to Castle House would address community safety concerns.
In another report, also last August, specific areas of Newark were mentioned — Chatham Court, Lovers’ Lane, and Northgate. The latter two are nearer to the current police station.
If the current station is under-used then the fault surely lies with the chief constable and his senior colleagues.
Police stations are not only there for the police, they are there for the public — to provide a place on safety, assistance, showing documentation, collecting lost/stolen property and for daily/weekly appearances required by the court.
Looking at another police station in the county, the public can access it Mondays to Fridays only, from 11am to 2.45pm. Is that what the public wants from its police?
Policing is dependent on public approval and the test of efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and given that 65% of people in Devon ward do not feel safe, I would suggest a move to the other side of the railway and Castle House will not be in the best interests of the people of Newark.
The case for relocation has not been made by police or district council. — A. M. WADDINGTON, Sutton-on-Trent.