Could Boscombe’s Police Station be forced to close?

DOUBTS: There are concerns that Boscombe Police Station may close

DOUBTS: There are concerns that Boscombe Police Station may close

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THE future of Boscombe Police Station is in doubt as Dorset Police struggles to cope with a reduced budget.

The force said it faced ‘significant budgetary challenges’ over the next few years, and that difficult decisions would be required to ensure communities received ‘the level of policing they deserve’.

“Reviews are under way to ensure the force makes best use of its resources,” a spokesman said, when asked to confirm the station would remain in use.

“The force and Police and Crime Commissioner are committed to ensuring that a physical policing location or building remains in every town that currently has a physical policing location or building.

“In some areas this may mean utilising more affordable accommodation or sharing with partner agencies.”

Boscombe’s Gloucester Road station, which has neither cells nor a public counter, was threatened with closure during a savings drive in 2011.

The spokesman said final decisions regarding the force estate – which costs £6.44million a year to maintain – had not yet been made.

There are currently plans for new offices and interview rooms for Boscombe’s Safer Neighbourhood Team in the former Argos building in the Crescent.

If planning permission is granted the new facilities, including a counter service, could be in place by the end of the year.

Ward councillor Chris Wakefield said he understood there were ‘no plans’ to close the Gloucester Road station.

“We are very fortunate to have at this time an operational police station and a planned new building, which will allow people to walk in and talk to police face-to-face,” he said.

“I have been told by the Police and Crime Commissioner that at this moment there are no plans to close the station.

“My priority is to ensure Dorset Police have an operational building based in Boscombe for the more than foreseeable future.”

Back in April, Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill acknowledged to the Daily Echo that Christchurch Police Station may close and not be replaced.

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9:45pm Mon 21 Jul 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Well, there's no one there now only the SNT.So there all be queuing outside the tardis.Rumour has it the specialist EPT section could be based there.Just the right location for them to put in a few doors with the red key.

So at last we hear from Cllr Wakefield who deputised for Cllr Kelly who is having a burka fitted for her election ramble in 2015 .Now,'That is wonderful for Boscombe.'
Well, there's no one there now only the SNT.So there all be queuing outside the tardis.Rumour has it the specialist EPT section could be based there.Just the right location for them to put in a few doors with the red key. So at last we hear from Cllr Wakefield who deputised for Cllr Kelly who is having a burka fitted for her election ramble in 2015 .Now,'That is wonderful for Boscombe.' politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 5

7:24am Tue 22 Jul 14

on-the-sunny-side says...

they could try spending more wisely. sending 10 cars to every minor incident is a good way to waste money. sending a helicopter up to chase after a few kids seen twanging wing mirrors is another waste of money..
they could try spending more wisely. sending 10 cars to every minor incident is a good way to waste money. sending a helicopter up to chase after a few kids seen twanging wing mirrors is another waste of money.. on-the-sunny-side
  • Score: 8

8:54am Tue 22 Jul 14

Mr W. White says...

The councilors have no clue!!! The station will be closed!!!! The police have already moved out and moved to the big Bmth station. The safer neighborhood team WILL be relocating to the to smaller offices. As they need to be closer to the shopping area.

I'm sure Christchurch will also close. And Winton.

Bmth station will be the big one as it has the jail!!!!

The police need to sell the property to save the money. As the government is squeezing Dorset Police dry to save millions. Maybe our so called respected councilors should lobby government and ask them why they are doing this to the Police!!!

I also think this police box should go!!! It's pulling the Police teams off there normal areas. Leaving other areas of Boscombe without police patrols.

I would understand if it was open for an hour a day!!!! But come on!!!! 9 hours a day is a joke!!!! I'm sure the officers have better things to be doing!!!!!

Rant over....
The councilors have no clue!!! The station will be closed!!!! The police have already moved out and moved to the big Bmth station. The safer neighborhood team WILL be relocating to the to smaller offices. As they need to be closer to the shopping area. I'm sure Christchurch will also close. And Winton. Bmth station will be the big one as it has the jail!!!! The police need to sell the property to save the money. As the government is squeezing Dorset Police dry to save millions. Maybe our so called respected councilors should lobby government and ask them why they are doing this to the Police!!! I also think this police box should go!!! It's pulling the Police teams off there normal areas. Leaving other areas of Boscombe without police patrols. I would understand if it was open for an hour a day!!!! But come on!!!! 9 hours a day is a joke!!!! I'm sure the officers have better things to be doing!!!!! Rant over.... Mr W. White
  • Score: 12

9:17am Tue 22 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

Ward councillor Chris Wakefield said
I have been told by the Police and Crime Commissioner that at this moment there are no plans to close the station.


Ahhhhhh that's today.
Tomorrow is another day.
Ward councillor Chris Wakefield said I have been told by the Police and Crime Commissioner that at this moment there are no plans to close the station. Ahhhhhh that's today. Tomorrow is another day. BIGTONE
  • Score: 8

9:25am Tue 22 Jul 14

Teddy 1 says...

Hope mr underhill remembers not to leave his sat nav on view if he attends meetings in the area...as he did last time he visited there. Poole station is a waste of money too brand new accommodation with cells and no cash to staff them . Bournemouth is unfortunately the hub...im thinking this decision will bite them in the future...too many eggs in one basket.
Hope mr underhill remembers not to leave his sat nav on view if he attends meetings in the area...as he did last time he visited there. Poole station is a waste of money too brand new accommodation with cells and no cash to staff them . Bournemouth is unfortunately the hub...im thinking this decision will bite them in the future...too many eggs in one basket. Teddy 1
  • Score: 9

10:28am Tue 22 Jul 14

skydriver says...

This one should be the last to close being the drug capital of the area.
Crime and violence are high in the area and those who live there need protection from the police, after all they pay for it.
Yet another daft idea.
This one should be the last to close being the drug capital of the area. Crime and violence are high in the area and those who live there need protection from the police, after all they pay for it. Yet another daft idea. skydriver
  • Score: 7

12:23pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Browser123 says...

Mr W. White wrote:
The councilors have no clue!!! The station will be closed!!!! The police have already moved out and moved to the big Bmth station. The safer neighborhood team WILL be relocating to the to smaller offices. As they need to be closer to the shopping area.

I'm sure Christchurch will also close. And Winton.

Bmth station will be the big one as it has the jail!!!!

The police need to sell the property to save the money. As the government is squeezing Dorset Police dry to save millions. Maybe our so called respected councilors should lobby government and ask them why they are doing this to the Police!!!

I also think this police box should go!!! It's pulling the Police teams off there normal areas. Leaving other areas of Boscombe without police patrols.

I would understand if it was open for an hour a day!!!! But come on!!!! 9 hours a day is a joke!!!! I'm sure the officers have better things to be doing!!!!!

Rant over....
If the police have already moved out of Boscombe police station, why are some police cars still there and answering calls with their sirens on, also the `riot` van is parked there, essential for when the football resumes again at Dean Court. As for the Tardis, this seems to be manned by non-police ,the other day, a very aggressive female was shouting at bike riders in the precinct.
Also, the Argos site is hardly in the shopping centre, that`s why Argos closed.
[quote][p][bold]Mr W. White[/bold] wrote: The councilors have no clue!!! The station will be closed!!!! The police have already moved out and moved to the big Bmth station. The safer neighborhood team WILL be relocating to the to smaller offices. As they need to be closer to the shopping area. I'm sure Christchurch will also close. And Winton. Bmth station will be the big one as it has the jail!!!! The police need to sell the property to save the money. As the government is squeezing Dorset Police dry to save millions. Maybe our so called respected councilors should lobby government and ask them why they are doing this to the Police!!! I also think this police box should go!!! It's pulling the Police teams off there normal areas. Leaving other areas of Boscombe without police patrols. I would understand if it was open for an hour a day!!!! But come on!!!! 9 hours a day is a joke!!!! I'm sure the officers have better things to be doing!!!!! Rant over....[/p][/quote]If the police have already moved out of Boscombe police station, why are some police cars still there and answering calls with their sirens on, also the `riot` van is parked there, essential for when the football resumes again at Dean Court. As for the Tardis, this seems to be manned by non-police ,the other day, a very aggressive female was shouting at bike riders in the precinct. Also, the Argos site is hardly in the shopping centre, that`s why Argos closed. Browser123
  • Score: 0

12:34pm Tue 22 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

HA HA says it all.
The real reason the police are pulling out of Droscombe is because they finally realise they are fighting a loosing battle.
Not long now before it becomes a no go area.
HA HA says it all. The real reason the police are pulling out of Droscombe is because they finally realise they are fighting a loosing battle. Not long now before it becomes a no go area. burgerboy
  • Score: 3

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