Will or not it’s a brand new police station – or only a desk?
That was one of many key questions for these attending the primary public assembly on Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s proposal to close Parkside police station and build a new station adjoining to Milton Park & Trip.
Held on Monday night time (June 10) at Milton Main Faculty, the assembly was attended by residents and councillors, who heard from Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite and Chief Constable Nick Dean.
The commissioner dedicated to retaining a physical police building in the city centre.
However issues had been raised as he switched between utilizing the terminology “desk” and “station” to explain what that can be.
Plenty of Cambridge metropolis councillors pressed him, arguing a session on the brand new constructing must include element on what is going to substitute Parkside within the metropolis.
However the chief constable stated the change in operation demand meant he couldn’t predict what essentially the most applicable facility could be in two or three years.
“Policing won’t be leaving Cambridge,” he harassed.
Members of the general public steered the plans for Milton had been so detailed that the choice appeared to have been made.
The commissioner stated the extent of element was as a result of “operational want”.
Earlier, he had revealed: “We want bricks within the floor by February subsequent 12 months.”
The chief constable addressed issues raised by Milton residents that individuals could be launched after arrest into their group, probably removed from the place they dwell.
He stated he and his officers have a “obligation of care” when an arrest is made, and they don’t obtain complaints from residents surrounding Parkside.
Councillors additionally complained they weren’t correctly consulted. The commissioner stated he had talked about the plans to the Labour chief of town council, Lewis Herbert, beforehand.
However Cllr Herbert stated there had been no session.
Afterwards, Cllr Herbert stated: “Essentially the most worrying revelation from tonight’s assembly was that the police commissioner hasn’t acquired a clue in regards to the form of their future central metropolis police ‘contact level’, now finally being referred to as a police station, that his plan proposes will substitute Parkside as their important metropolis centre base.
“It’s deeply worrying for everybody in Cambridge that the police commissioner can not reply that the majority primary of questions, regardless of being requested that not less than 4 occasions at tonight’s assembly. It will not be a correct session till detailed plans for a metropolis centre police station are printed.”
The commissioner stated afterwards: “Area people policing will stay on the coronary heart [of Cambridge] in a police station, to be recognized, whether or not that is on the present website, whether or not it is subsequent door with hearth, whether or not it is on the Guildhall, however truly group policing will nonetheless keep.”
He added: “The survey I launched seeks individuals’s views as to whether or not they suppose constructing a brand new, operational police station on the outskirts of town, in Milton, is a good suggestion. As soon as this preliminary session on our Milton proposal ends on July 5, I can be holding a second session with the general public on what the remaining Cambridge metropolis centre police station will seem like.
“I wish to once more reassure folks that there will certainly be a police station within the centre of Cambridge metropolis, regardless of the end result of the present survey relating to a doable new station in Milton.”
Cllr Tim Bick, town council Lib Dem chief, stated: “Till final night time, the police hadn’t gone additional than speaking about leaving a public data level in Cambridge metropolis centre. At their assembly, it appears they’re now proposing a brand new police station. That is welcome information and we should maintain them to it.
“In a really busy metropolis centre there should be a spot the place individuals can go and discover the police.”