With yesterday’s planning approval for the Police Constabulary’s new southern divisional HQ in Milton, Cambridge Lib Dems have called for progress on plans for a new police station in Cambridge city centre. (Pictured: Liberal Democrat Police & Crime Commissioner Candidate Rupert Moss-Eccardt with Lib Dem Mayoral Candidate Aidan Van de Weyer).
Proposals for the move of the current divisional HQ from Parkside in Cambridge when surfaced 2 years ago were accompanied by a promise to establish a new police station in the city centre.
City Cllr Tim Bick, the Lib Dem group leader who represents the city centre Market Ward said:
“It would be completely unacceptable for the police to leave no physical presence in the heart of such a busy city - with its normally high footfall of unfamiliar visitors, its vibrant night economy and all the issues that arise with concentrations of people. We have heard the Police commit to a new police station but we have heard nothing since - and it seems now time to hear that promise turned into a plan.”
“The need for a new location represents an opportunity to cement close working relationships with the city council. We’d like to see it located alongside the city council’s teams which need to work closely with the police - its Community Safety team and its various environmental enforcement operations. Sharing a building - perhaps a city council building - would be a big positive for joined-up public services.”
Rupert Moss-Eccardt, Lib Dem candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner said:
"Cambridge must have a city centre police station. It would be best if it made it easy for the council’s Community Safety team to work closely with the police. The Constabulary have previously committed to a central police station and they now need to show us the plans.”