Police station to close: site for new facility unknown

PUBLISHED: 06:30 23 October 2015

Exmouth Police Station. Ref exe 4663-43-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Exmouth Police Station. Ref exe 4663-43-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Exmouth Police Station is to close within three years, Devon and Cornwall Police has said.

The facility in North Street has been earmarked for closure in the year 2017-2018, with a replacement to be provided.

The force says it has not yet decided whether this new station would be on the same site, or at a different location.

A spokesman for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner said: “A feasibility study will be drawn up, and a decision as to whether the new facility will be built on part of the existing site, or at another site elsewhere, will be made as part of that study.”

Town and district councillor Steve Gazzard, a member of the Exmouth Police Local Action Group (LAG), said: “I think it’s a great shame that, as the largest town in Devon [county council area], we are losing our police station.

“We have for a long time suggested they maybe look at using one of the empty shops in the town.

“It’s a large building and we know it hasn’t been used to its potential, but we will have to wait and see what the powers-that-be come up with.”

Councillor Bill Nash, also a town and district councillor and LAG member, said that he thought the loss of the station would not make too much difference to the public, with its enquiry desk having already been closed last year.

He said: “In effect, the police station is closed to the public, so it’s not going to make any difference at all if they physically move it, as it’s used at the moment as a station for housing officers, so it’s not of any help to the public as far as going there and asking for information.

“If it was that the police based there would disappear off the face of the earth, that would be a problem.”

Exmouth Police Station is one of 34 locations Devon and Cornwall Police is planning to close during the next five years. The force says this would lead to revenue savings of at least £1.053million a year, as it looks to save £29million from its current budget.

A spokesman said: “In most cases, closures would lead to the building of smaller, more cost-effective facilities, or see police teams sharing facilities within their communities.”

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