Baldock police station closure date revealed
A POLICE station in a North Herts market town will shut its doors for the final time in less than two weeks.
Baldock’s High Street police station has served the public since the 1960s but due to Herts Constabulary’s financial situation the base will be shut on June 1 and eventually sold.
Andrew White, chief executive of Hertfordshire Police Authority, which own the site, said: “We have got plans to have a location for the neighbourhood officers and PCSOs that’s in discussion with the local authority.
“Through the process of pooling resources people will have as good access to their local officers as they have had in the past.”
Front desk service was ceased on April 1 and the station was previously open Monday to Wednesday from 12.30-4pm.
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It is closing as the force face a �36m shortfall over the next four years and it is estimated the closure and sale, along with three other sites, will net Herts police �20m in capital receipts.
Ward councillor for Baldock East, Marilyn Kirkland, said: “I don’t think it’s going to have an effect because they are so highly professional that it’s not going to take them longer to get here.
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“We’re going to have a police presence in the town because they’re looking to get in some community premises like the Community Centre.
“We’re not going to be without police men, they’re going to be based in Letchworth.”
Herts police have organised a series of drop-in sessions for the community while they seek a permanent base in the town scheduled to take place next month.