Residents are being encouraged to have their say over a proposal to relocate a police station in a north Northumberland seaside town.
Plans to move Amble Neighbourhood Policing Team to an office on the upper-ground floor of Fourways 2, on Dilston Terrace, are being considered. The proposed relocation will include a front-office facility for the public to visit and help make officers more accessible.
Police say the move would enable the Force to make savings on the cost of maintaining older, more expensive buildings.
Amble Police Station is currently based on Leslie Drive and is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. These opening hours will continue at the new location.
A display with information about the proposal is currently on show at the entrance to the Fourways 2 building, where it will remain until Wednesday, May 6. Residents are invited to look at the plans and give any feedback by completing a comments card and putting it in the post box at the entrance to the office block, which is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.
Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “I’d like to encourage people to take a few minutes to call into the office and fill in a comments card. We value the opinion of local people and want to hear what they think. We want to make sure that neighbourhood officers are accessible to local people and this proposed new base in the centre of Amble will help us to achieve this.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “We want to hear what local residents think about this proposal. We want to make sure local people have an accessible and visible police presence at the heart of their community so they can readily seek any advice and help they need from their local officers. We’ve always said we’ll make sure that no local police officers will relocate until suitable new premises are found that best meet the needs of the community and we want to make sure local people have a say on this important issue.”