Seeking views on proposed police move

20 Aug 2015 09:00 AM

(B3) Hebburn Central proposal [View Full Size]

Northumbria Police are asking the public for their views on a proposed police front office re-location in South Tyneside.

Police are looking to move Hebburn police front office facility to the new Hebburn Central facility on Glen Street.

The recently opened premises is based in the centre of the town and already attracts a high number of visitors to the library, customer service centre and leisure and sports facilities. It is proposed to move the police front office to the reception area.

The proposal will make it easy for residents and visitors to stop off at the police front desk and get help or advice and arrange to meet with an officer in one of the centre's meeting rooms. It will also enable the force to make savings on the cost of maintaining older buildings which are more expensive.

Hebburn Police Station, on Victoria Road East, is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and these front office opening hours will continue at the new location.

Now Northumbria Police is asking the community for their views on this proposed move. A display with information about the proposal is in the reception area of Hebburn Central, from Thursday, August 20, to Thursday, September 3. Residents are invited to look at the proposal and give any feedback by completing a comments card and putting it in the post box.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: "We're committed to making sure our front office facilities are easily accessible and based in central locations which are convenient for residents to reach. We know people value the help and advice they receive from our neighbourhood teams.

"We do want to hear the views of local people on this proposal so we would encourage people to call in to view the display and give us their feedback."

Hebburn and Jarrow Neighbourhood Inspector Don Wade said: "It's important to us that local residents have the opportunity to share their thoughts on this proposed re-location for our front office. We value the opinion of local people and want to hear what they think."

As part of this re-location, it has been confirmed that Hebburn and Jarrow Neighbourhood Policing Team are moving to a separate nearby location, to share premises with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service at Hebburn Community Fire Station on Victoria Road West, an office which is not open to the public.

Pictured, Proposed front office location at Hebburn Central

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