Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is asking people living in Garston to tell her if they think it’s sensible to open a new Community Police Station in the Urban Village Hall.
Jane Kennedy is proposing to locate a new, accessible Community Police Station in the community-owned enterprise on Banks Road to replace Garston’s existing police station on Heald Street, which was built in 1890 and is the joint oldest building in the Merseyside Police estate. It has been closed to the public since 2012.
The move would see Garston’s local neighbourhood policing team housed alongside several local businesses, a community coffee shop and a sports hall. Garston Village Hall opened in July 1999 in response to a campaign to develop a facility for the local community and also includes an activity hall, training rooms and a meeting space.
The proposals are part of the Commissioner’s 10-year investment plan which will modernise Merseyside Police’s stations and facilities. The proposals were unveiled by the Commissioner in October 2014 when she launched a two-month, pan-Merseyside consultation which included an online survey, community road shows and public meetings.
The proposals received overwhelming support, with 92% of respondents agreeing. At the heart of the proposals was the creation of a network of modern, fit for purpose Community Police Stations across Merseyside, where neighbourhood police officers and PCSO’s would be co-located in busy local hubs alongside partners.
Since 2014 the Commissioner has been working with Merseyside Police’s estates and facilities team to identify appropriate venues for these new stations to be located across Merseyside.
Now the Commissioner wants to see if local people agree that Garston Urban Village Hall would be the best location for their new Community Police Station, which would be the first to open its doors in Liverpool as part of her plan.
Jane said: “People across Merseyside gave me their support for my proposals to improve Merseyside Police’s stations and make them more accessible to the public.
“I think Garston Urban Village Hall would be an outstanding location for a new Community Police Station. It is well used and would enable the local policing team to be based alongside a number of other community businesses and a host of voluntary groups, serving local people.
“Now I want to hear the views of local people and make sure that they agree. It is vital we put these Community Police Stations in the best place for the people they serve so I really want to know if we’ve got it right.”
Community Police Stations are designed to be smaller in size, but accessible and visible bases which will enable neighbourhood officers and PCSOs to work in the heart of the communities they serve. They will be opened on a regular, but not continuous basis and will include public meeting rooms and facilities from which officers can parade on. They will not house any custody suites or cells.
Images - top: Garston Urban Village courtesy of Rept0n1x
Below: Garston's existing police station which was built in 1890 and is closed to the public.
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