Selston police concern

Counc Gail Turner and Sam Wilson unhappy about proposals to close the police office at the Tin Hat in Selston
Counc Gail Turner and Sam Wilson unhappy about proposals to close the police office at the Tin Hat in Selston

A PAIR of Selston councillors have raised concerns about the future of the police contact point in the village.

Cllr Gail Turner, who is a Nottinghamshire county and Ashfield district councillor, says officers could have no base in Selston when the lease runs out at the Tin Hat Centre.

She said: “If the police need to move because of costs then I would help them look for somewhere else. I am very fearful that they have got nowhere to go yet.”

She also says she asked Nottinghamshire Police how much the contact centres cost to run through a Freedom of Information request – but they were unable to tell her.

“I am very disappointed with the police,” she added.

“Surely they should have done that exercise to close the building?”

Now Cllr Turner, along with fellow Independent councillor Sam Wilson, is concerned that the village will not have a police presence.

She said: “They have got everything there that they need.

“There is a garage for the police vehicle. If we don’t have a garage, we will lose the police vehicle and we can’t afford to do that because the parish is quite big.

“The public have got to be able to knock on the door of the contact point and they have got to be able to speak to the police.”

And she added: “If the police go to Hucknall, we will hardly ever see them.”

Meanwhile, Insp Craig Nolan said: “Selston Police Contact Point, known locally as the Tin Hat, was one of the police buildings earmarked for closure in Tranche 2 of Nottinghamshire Police’s Change Programme.

“This proposal was ratified by the Police Authority, following a public consultation, in October.

“Since this decision was made, we have been scouting for suitable alternative premises to relocate our officers and resources to.

“A number of possible venues have been identified, but until we find somewhere suitable the Tin Hat will remain open and fully staffed by our officers.”

A spokesman added that possible venues being looked at are within the Selston police beat.