Nottinghamshire’s newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry is asking people in Newark on Trent and surrounding areas to have their say on plans to relocate the town’s police station.
Commissioner Henry has launched a month-long survey to gauge public opinion on the move, which will see Newark Police Station situated on the same site as Newark and Sherwood District Council.
The proposals aim to boost partnership working between the two organisations, deliver better value for money to the public and make it easier for local people to access two of the largest public services in the district.
Commissioner Henry said: “I promised Nottinghamshire that I would be a listening commissioner and protect the public’s right to have their say on important policing issues and that is exactly what I am doing in Newark.
“The month-long consultation, which will provide a variety of ways in which local people can give me their views and opinions, will help me to make an informed choice about the best way forward.
“As Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, I am looking for a two-way relationship with the public and I want local people to know that I am always ready to listen to what they have to tell me. This role is focused on securing the best policing service for Nottinghamshire’s communities. I can only do that effectively by understanding and engaging with the people who benefit from such improvements.
“Newark has seen a wealth of investment in recent months to improve safety through the Safer Streets project. We know people are keen for the good work to continue and this is another opportunity to play a proactive role in the future of local policing.
“If you live in Newark, please take a moment to complete the survey. Your opinions really do matter and can help me make life better for you and everyone else in your community.”
The proposals have been drafted by the Chief Constable as part of Nottinghamshire Police’s drive to maximise the efficiency and value for money of its estate.
The Chief Constable says the current Police Station is 75 per cent underused, with the majority of police officers out on patrol and not desk-based. Relocation would result in a net saving of £102k per year.
The survey, which should take two minutes to complete, asks respondents whether they would like to see a closer working relationship between Newark and Sherwood District Council and Nottinghamshire Police and whether they believe the proposed relocation would improve local policing.
It also asks people whether they support the move and invites them to make additional comments.
A public meeting which will be made available live online will be announced over the coming weeks.
More information and the survey itself can be found at: www.nottspcc.co.uk/newark
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Posted on Tuesday 29th June 2021