CIVIC bosses have welcomed the news that police neighbourhood teams are moving into council offices in the coming months.
Hampshire Constabulary confirmed last week that the four teams in Gosport are set to move into the Town Hall by the end of the year and that the three teams in Fareham are expected to move into the Civic Offices by next summer.
This is a win-win situation for Gosport.Councillor Graham Burgess
Councillor Graham Burgess, deputy leader of Gosport Borough Council said: ‘This is a win-win situation for Gosport.
‘It will make police more visible in the town.
‘It really is the icing on the cake for both the councils and the forces as it means residents will be able to come to the town hall for all enquiries.’
Councillor Burgess said the neighbourhood teams, which consist of Lee, Gosport West, Gosport Central and Gosport East, will move into the ground floor of the building in High Street.
He added that the council were anticipating the force to move in either before or just after Christmas.
Meanwhile, the office of Michael Lane, the police crime commissioner for Hampshire, says the four teams in Fareham, which consist of Fareham West, Fareham East and Portchester are due to move in by the summer.
While Councillor Trevor Cartwright, public member for protection on the borough council said the move would ‘be of huge benefit for both parties’, he said he was unhappy as the council had been told January was the moving-in date.
He said: ‘I’m unhappy as it was our understanding that January would be the moving-in date. I’m a bit surprised.’
A spokeswoman for the PCC office said that the plans are ‘yet to be finalised’ and that they were hoping to move the teams in by spring.