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Tuesday, 30 August 2011 (3018139)
Villagers urged to fight for police station
by David Simister


TWO West Lancashire councillors have this week called for the village's residents to help save their police station by attending a public meeting being held later this month.

Graham Jones, Conservative borough councillor for Aughton Park, and Aughton parish councillor and Aughton and Downholland borough councillor Una Atherley said this week they are urging residents to show their support for the policing point at Town Green railway station, which is set to be mothballed as part of Lancashire Constabulary's efforts to slash £42m from its spending.

Councillor Jones said:

“Nearly 900 local people have signed petitions opposing the closure of our local police station. I myself signed a petition at the Holborn Hill post office earlier this week. Residents in Aughton Park are very worried about the planned closure of the Police station at Town Green station.

”We all know that criminals use the railway line to burgle homes and businesses in Aughton. The Police station at Town Green station acts as a deterrent. It has to be retained.“

The meeting will be held at Aughton Village Hall, on Winifred Lane, at 8pm on Monday, September 12, and both Councillor Jones and Councillor Atherley are asking as many people as possible to voice their support for the police station, which is one of several across West Lancashire scheduled for closure as part of the police's plan to reduce its spending.

Councillor Atherley said: ”As many people in West Lancashire know, we have been doing the Big Society here for many years. One excellent example of this is the volunteer-run Aughton Police Station at Town Green Railway Station. It is now more than eight years ago since it was transformed from and old waiting room, and since then it has become an important local facility.

“It is a pity Lancashire Police do not appear do not appear to recognise this, and the hard work the volunteers have put in, as they have now put forward plans to close it. I would urge residents to attend this meeting and show their support for our volunteers, who do a fantastic job and deserve much praise.”

The closure of the police stations across West Lancashire is currently undergoing a public consultation. Residents will be able to give their views by logging on to www.lancashire.police.uk or www.getintheloop.co.uk and will be available until August 31.

Alternatively, if you don't have access to the Internet you can still share your views by writing to Local Divisional Commander at Leyland Police Divisional Headquarters, Lancastergate, Leyland, PR25 2EX.








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