No, there is no need. My position is based on a thorough examination of the budget, but that’s only half the story. The right place for city or town police stations is in the heart of the city or town. I am firmly opposed to moving them further out and I was the first candidate to highlight this issue.
I have pledged to retain Coleford Police station and explore developing it to make it into a ‘hub’ of services for the Forest of Dean. The proposal to replace Barton Street Police station with a police point to me is out of the question. I will review the estates strategy to make sure the needs of our smaller towns and rural communities are not overlooked.