Work is now underway to open a Community Police Station in Maghull.
The new Community Police Station, the second to be given the go-ahead in Sefton, will be located in Maghull Town Hall after planning permission for alterations to the property was granted.
The proposal to co-locate the new Community Police Station in the Town Hall on Westway was first suggested to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, by council leaders during the initial consultation over her 10-year plan to modernise the Force’s stations and buildings. Since then negotiations have been on-going to bring the new Community Police station into operation.
Work to covert the space inside the Town Hall got underway yesterday (Monday 4th September) and it is hoped the new Community Police Station will be ready to open its doors in approximately two months.
Community Police Stations are designed to be accessible, visible centres which are co-located with partners in busy neighbourhood hubs which are already well-used by the communities they serve. They are a key part of the plan of the PCC’s strategy to transform Merseyside Police’s stations with the aim of saving money on running costs which can be redirected straight into frontline policing.
Jane said: “I’m delighted that just a few weeks after plans to open a Community Police Station in Ainsdale were given the green light, we are now in a position to get work underway to open a further Community Police Station in Maghull.
“I am very grateful to Maghull Town Council for so enthusiastically engaging with the plans to make Merseyside Police more accessible and for helping this new station to become a reality. It is a real example of what can be achieved in partnership for the benefit of our communities.
“Maghull Town Hall is an excellent location for this Community Police Station. It is centrally located and will see the policing team co-located with councillors, council workers and a host of voluntary groups which serve the local community.
“This new Community Police Station will put the neighbourhood team right at the heart of the community in a busy location which is well used by the community and which has been recommended by local councillors.
“The Chief Constable and I want officers to be visible and accessible to local people. It’s what people tell me all the time when I attend events and meet the public. I hope this new Community Police Station will be a really valuable community asset when it opens its doors.”
By replacing inefficient and expensive old police stations with new Community Police Stations, the Commissioner will be able to reduce the annual running costs of Merseyside Police’s estate by approximately £2.5m every year – protecting the jobs of 65 police officers.
Deputy Leader of Maghull Town Council, Cllr John Sayers said: “The re-establishment of a police presence in Maghull is very important and by co-location of our new station with the Town Hall will enable even closer co-operation and working with the Town Council to deal with anti-social behaviour and crime.”
Image: The PCC with Maghull Town Council Leader Cllr Patrick McKinley (L) and Deputy Leader Cllr John Sayers