A controversial decision to shut down Newark Police Station and move police officers to a purpose-built building in City Hall could turn around.
The new Police and Crime Superintendent Caroline Henry plans to hold a public consultation to find out what the city’s residents want.
Ms. Henry did not provide details on whether plans to close the station would be abandoned, but she will re-examine the decision as part of her police and crime plan.
Before her election victory, she spoke to Nottinghamshire Live about the closure of police stations across the county.
She said, “I have a very strong opinion on this – I think police stations are more than just bricks and mortar. You are the symbol of the police in your community.
“I am very concerned that our police stations in towns and villages across the county will be closed.
“We have a black hole when it comes to police stations in the north of the county. In Newark, our former Police and Detective Superintendent said he wasn’t going to close the detention rooms, but he closed the detention rooms in Newark – and now he’s going to close the police station.
“I really think these decisions need to be reviewed. Newark crime has increased and Newark people don’t feel safe.
“I think it’s really important that we have these police stations.”
Their full police and crime plan to resolve the issues affecting Nottinghamshire will be revealed later this year.
However, she announced early that she would hold a public consultation on the decision to relocate the Newark Police Station as part of a broader review of the Police Settlement Strategy.
She told the Police and Crime Committee at County Hall on Monday the 8th local settlements and developing a gender-based violence strategy.
“It will be a full public consultation to really understand what the Newark public wants and I will be doing a review – it will be in July with a decision in August.”
She stressed that her plan would be informed by the public and that the police were “uncompromisingly tough on criminals”.
Plans to shut down Newark Police Station and move officers to a purpose-built unit in the community offices could save the force around £ 100,000 a year.
In a speech last August, Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford said this was not a cost-cutting exercise and meant that more civil servants would be working in the city as a result of the move.
The Nottinghamshire Police Department has worked with the Newark Towns Fund Board on proposals to relocate the current Queen’s Road Police Station to Castle House, the headquarters of the Newark and Sherwood District Councils.
The police station was then to be demolished for new homes and businesses to be built on the site to improve the area.
Police said releasing the land on which the police station is located would help transform the city center and “shape crime” after an increase in anti-social behavior.
He said, “The police station is on prime land and clearance is key to the Newark Towns Fund Board’s ambitions in the area.
“The area where the current police station is located has a high degree of deprivation, and our departure will enable a significant new development to be established.
“For me this is a no-brainer – we need to plan crime and we need to be more agile with our partners to fight crime and antisocial behavior in Newark in the future. Ambition to do so.”
“We’re going to build a new station at the back of City Hall. The only thing that’s going to happen to the Newark cops is that the numbers are growing.”
Police said the officers had not yet been withdrawn from the station and the proposals were only on paper rather than spending money on building new ones in the community offices.