Station’s future under scrutiny

Brighouse police station, Bradford Road.
Brighouse police station, Bradford Road.

BRIGHOUSE Police Station is under review as the force tries to meet massive Government spending cuts.

West Yorkshire Police estates department has confirmed buildings are included in ongoing assessments of where it can save money.

The cuts mean West Yorkshire Police will have its budget slashed by 20 per cent by 2015.

The station in Bradford Road was re-opened after three years as part of a pilot scheme in September 2009 after residents told officers it was a top priority to reopen the building.

After the trial, the force secured funding from the West Yorkshire Police Authority in April 2010 meaning the police station remained open permanently with people able to go into the building between 1pm and 4pm Monday to Friday.

Since the move last year, officers said that public confidence had grown and there were calls from the town in extending the opening hours.

But John Prentice, director of estates, transport and logistics for West Yorkshire Police, stressed no decisions had yet been made.

“Neighbourhood policing remains a key priority for the force,” he said.

“Like all forces, we have to find substantial savings and there is an ongoing review into all policing services, including estates, to ensure we are working efficiently and providing the most appropriate service to meet demand.

“Any changes to the force’s estate will not have any effect on policing, which remains the force’s priority. I would like to stress that no decisions have been made as this is a review.”

Brighouse Police Station is among seven across Calderdale which include Halifax, Ovenden, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden and Elland, that are set to go under review.