PLANS to close two East Hampshire police stations have met with concern from a council leader.
Hampshire Constabulary has revealed plans to close 18 stations, including Whitehill and Petersfield, in a bid to save £50m to meet government spending cuts by 2015.
East Hampshire District Council leader, Patrick Burridge, said: ‘I understand the need to save money and recognise the police commitment to continue to provide a professional and responsive service, but I question the logic of closing the Whitehill station.
‘Surely in a garrison town there is always a need for an enhanced police presence? The proposals do come at a time of significantly falling crime rates but even a low level of crime is of concern to residents.
‘It is essential to keep a cap on crime and so we will work closely with the police to identify the best locations to help the Safer Neighbourhoods Teams to keep crime rates falling.’
Anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and the number of crimes caused by children aged 10 to 17 has dropped in East Hampshire the past three years.
A decision will be made by Hampshire Police Authority on June 23.