PLANS to shut Southsea police station in a cost-cutting move have sparked concerns.
As reported in The News, the Highland Road station is recommended as one of 18 for closure as Hampshire Constabulary battles to save £50m by 2015.
Hayling Island station is also earmarked to shut along with 21 buildings across the patch used by police – bringing the total to 39.
Safer Neighbourhoods Teams will stay on the beat in all areas and no station or building will shut until a new centre has been provided for police to work from.
These could include venues ranging from libraries to supermarkets and council and fire service buildings.
Southsea resident Linzi Kelly, who works at Southsea Rock Emporium of Chic and Shock in Marmion Road, said: ‘It’s crazy. I know they are trying to save money like everybody these days but I think it could be thought out in a better way. Having the police just on the beat is a brilliant.
‘If you see them around you feel safe.’
John Ling, chairman of Southsea Association, praised police but raised concerns about the station closure in the light of plans for a new pedestrian zone at the southern end of Palmerston Road.
He added: ‘They should wait until we can see how the changes affect the area before making any decisions.’
A review of whether bases are needed to Gunwharf Quays and Marine Parade in Portsmouth, Crofton Community Centre in Stubbington, Havant Witness Interview Service and Portsmouth International Port is set to start later this month.
A decision on plans to shut the 39 buildings is to be made by Hampshire Police Authority on June 23.