Labour Action Team warns closure of Formby Police Station enquir

Catie Page


Formby Labour Action Team is warning that the proposed closure of Formby Police Station's enquiry desk will leave the community "dangerously isolated".

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson last week revealed that Merseyside Police was considering closing the enquiry desks at Formby Police Station, as well as at Crosby, Ainsdale and Copy Lane, while Marsh Lane could go part-time.

The closures follow massive Conservative-Liberal Democrat cuts to the Merseyside Police budgets which are expected to see 800 fewer police officers and 1,000 civilian staff axed.

Bill said the move was dangerous and would damage the local communities.

Bill said: "We are now starting to see the real impact of the Tory-Lib Dem cuts. And the impact is to frontline policing here in Merseyside.

"Sefton is the first to feel the effects with the proposed closure of the front desks in Formby, Crosby, Ainsdale and Copy Lane, but this will be carried out right across the county and the region.

"These cuts are dangerous and are damaging for the communities in which the police serve.

"I have raised the issue in parliament, I have spoken to the chief constable and I will work alongside my Labour Action Team colleagues here in Formby and members of the local community to oppose any plans to close the desks here.

"For many people in Formby, these desks are the only contact they have with the police. It is a damaging step to close them down."

Formby's Labour Councillor Catie Page said the station was a lifeline to many people in the community.

Cllr Page said: "People here in Formby are very concerned that their police station enquiry desk could close.

"In a place like Formby with lots of older residents, people need to know they can speak to police officers in person when they need to. They need to know that that one to one contact is with someone who knows their community.

"If the station enquiry desk is closed then that will all go. People here will end up losing confidence in the police and the biggest danger is that lots of people will end up becoming more fearful about falling victim to crime and this community will end becoming dangerously isolated relying on policing from either the north of the borough or the south.

"This totally reverses the good work which has been done following the introduction of neighbourhood policing."