Crime & Policing

Fears grow for future of Driffield’s Police Station

Police could have a shared base at the fire station

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Humberside Police is considering a proposal to close the police station on Wansford Road and relocate to a shared base at Driffield Fire Station.

With the fire station on Bridlington Road presenting potential access issues for members of the public, Humberside Police has approached Driffield Town Council to ask if the offices at Market Walk could become a town centre “reception”, with council staff providing reception duties for police-related issues.

However, at the recent full Town Council meeting, the “reception” idea was rejected by the majority of councillors who raised concerns about the safety of Town Council staff and feared it would result in an increase in the workload of the clerk and deputy clerk.

Councillors agreed to providing a room at the Market Walk offices for Humberside Police to use for police surgeries or drop-ins and they agreed to having a 101 phone installed outside the council offices for people to use to contact the police in a non-emergency, if the police felt this would be beneficial.

The proposal created much debate at the meeting, with councillors having mixed views about the idea.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Paul Rounding said: “We should be fighting against the closure of the police station. I believe we should make a stand against this. I do not want to see the town clerk, the deputy town clerk or any other councillors being put at risk.”

Cllr Steve Poessl said: “Hornsea and Hessle have also been approached about housing a reception for the police at their offices and they have rejected the idea.

“It is not for town council staff to deal with complaints or other police issues and I am worried it would escalate and I know the clerk has spoken to me before about her workload and this would only add to that.”

Town Clerk Claire Binnington said she had been told it would be no more than giving advice and information, which, she added, she and the deputy clerk already do.

However it was the potential risk to their safety which concerned most councillors.
Cllr Tom Lee said: “I agree the safety aspect of the staff is concerning. If the police are to be there on certain days then that is a different matter.”

Cllr Kate Wright added: “My worry is the potential threat to the clerk and deputy clerk and also that if the police station were to close it would mean another derelict building in Driffield – and we don’t need any more.”

However, some councillors felt it was important for people to have better access to enquire about police-related issues.
Cllr Joyce Fletcher said: “I think in principle it is a good idea, providing it is safe and if we can point people in the right direction and help where we can, it shows we care.”

A spokesman for Humberside Police said: “We are in ongoing dialogue with Driffield Town Council and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service regarding options for possibly relocating the police base within Driffield town centre. These negotiations are still at an early stage and no firm decisions have yet been reached.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter has pledged to retain a police base in Driffield, however by looking at sharing facilities, he hopes cost savings can be made.
He added: “We must continue to look at costs tied up in buildings and use the money where we can to get officers out on streets. I understand that police stations are iconic to many communities and where there is currently a station in a town staffed by officers I do not want a retreat from that, that is a line in the sand for me.

“My main commitment is to enhance community policing, and if we can reduce the cost to the taxpayer by sharing facilities with other organisations in the same town, those savings can be put to better use for residents.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gmaps link=”#E-8_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”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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