Thursday, 16 February 2012

Molesey Police Station to close but officers will stay local

SURREY Police has given an assurance that officers will continue to have a base here despite the closure of the police station in East Molesey.

At present there are four PCs, five PCSOs, a sergeant and a neighbourhood team co-ordinator working out of Molesey Police Station and serving the communities of East and West Molesey, Western green, The Dittons and Hinchley Wood.

But later this year they will be transferring to the Elmbridge Borough Council offices in Esher, as part of Surrey Police’s strategy of closing lesser used stations to fund 200 new frontline officers.

The building is already closed to the public, with the front counter having shut in March 2011.

Elmbridge Neighbourhood Inspector, David Hollingsworth, said the plan is for Molesey officers to have access to a local police post where they will be able to carry out paperwork and have their meal break. This will be in a “shared facility with a local partner”.

He added: “The re-location of Molesey officers in suitable new premises is still a work in progress. We are negotiating a potential alternative at present, but as we are still at the agreeing stage it is too early to provide details. I can say it is in East Molesey and it is a suitable alternative.”

Conservatives support Surrey Police in its goal of freeing up money for frontline officers. We think it is vital that officers continue to have a base in Molesey and be accessible to the public.

We would like to see the station put to positive use after the police move out, possibly as an extension to the Orchard School.

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