SUSSEX Police say they are exploring cheaper options after pulling out of plans for a purpose built annex for the Midhurst neighbourhood policing team at the town’s new leisure centre.
As reported by the Observer in September police shelved the plans at the Grange Leisure Centre on cost grounds despite getting the planning go ahead.
Sussex PCC Katy Bourne said: “More financially acceptable options will continue to be explored in order to keep neighbourhood policing in the community.
“I have always maintained the public will have continuity of access to police stations and counters across Sussex, and that none will be closed or moved before a suitable alternative is secured and that will continue to be the case with Midhurst.
“Sussex Police is making huge efforts to increase its efficiency and lower its costs in all areas of operations including estates management. This can sometimes mean taking difficult decisions to provide a better service and better value for the public in the long term.”
She said further discussions would now take place with partners to explore alternative options for Midhurst.
However, she added, in the meantime the current police station in Midhurst’s Bepton Road and the service provided by police officers to the town will remain.
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