Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Muir delighted Holywood Police Station unlikely to close

Holywood Police Station
I am delighted that the Police Service of NI have reconsidered proposals to close Holywood Police Station.

Based upon recent reports it is understood that the Police do not intend to include Holywood Police Station within the list of stations marked for closure.

This does however require final approval by Chief Constable and NI Policing Board.

The Police Service of NI recently conducted a consultation concerning whether to close Holywood Police Station which culminated in a well-attended public meeting at Queens Leisure Complex, Holywood. 
I am delighted that the Police have abandoned plans to close Holywood Police Station. The concerted campaign to Save our Station seems to have thankfully born fruit with Police high command listening and responding in a positive manner. Combined actions of local people, community groups and politicians seem to have worked and help secure the future of Holywood’s Police Station.

With the station home to Holywood’s highly commended Neighbourhood Policing team closure would have sent out the wrong message, inevitably reducing the level of police coverage and raising the fear of crime. Closing Holywood Police Station would have also been extremely unwise especially in light of the news recently exposed by myself via the Freedom of Information Act that the PSNI have spent over £400,00 in recent years in new capital building works at the station. I am therefore delighted that it will remain open and operational.

I greatly enjoyed working with everyone during the campaign to Save our Station including Councillors and MLAs elected to represent the Holywood area. Working together we have hopefully delivered a positive result for local people.

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