Ok, we already knew that its closure was being actively considered. It was pretty certain to close, and now with a press release from Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Policing Team, and from Surrey Police, its absolutely certain to close. Here’s the headline and part of the press release.
Police in Surrey Heath on the move as work continues to protect frontline numbers
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD teams at Lightwater are to have a new local base as Surrey Police continues its change programme to prevent cuts to frontline officers.
The review [of all police buildings] found that many of Surrey’s smaller police stations are old, expensive to maintain and little used by members of the public.
In Surrey Heath the neighbourhood teams currently based at Lightwater Police Station are looking to find an alterative base for the six village area but will remain in the current building until a suitable site has been found.
Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Inspector James Norbury said: “By finding a suitable post for the officers covering the six village area we can keep a local base for these teams and gain more police constables for the whole of Surrey Heath.
“This is not about removing officers from the streets as the teams will continue to patrol the same communities they do now. Surrey Heath will also benefit from the investment of six constables, a sergeant and a detective constable making up a neighbourhood support team. There will also be additions to force-wide resources like the cross-border team, dedicated rape team and ANPR team which we can call on.
If you’ve got any bright [and sensible] ideas on where to locate the village police teams let me know and I’ll pass them on. Otherwise you can contact James Norbury yourself.