Great Cornard Pcso to be cut over value for money concerns
Funding for a Great Cornard Pcso will be pulled because evidence of the scheme’s value for money was withheld, according to councillors.
Great Cornard Parish Council decided not to renew its match-funding agreement, which sees it contribute around £15,000 towards a Pcso for the village, with Suffolk Police contributing the same amount, on Monday night.
Speaking at the meeting, councillor Tony Bavington questioned whether the council had got value for money since the scheme started in 2009 and criticised Leigh Jenkins, business liaison manager for Suffolk Police.
Mr Bavington said: “He came to this council a year ago and we asked him to give us information to show that we had got what we paid for.
“He evaded every direct question and we told him to write to us with the information – we have heard nothing and received nothing.”
Inspector Paul Crick, of Sudbury Police, wrote to the council but councillors said there was insufficient detail in the response.
A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said it understood the decision to withdraw from the match-funding scheme due to economic pressures, and that the Babergh West Safer Neighbourhood Team would maintain a presence in Great Cornard.
See Thursday’s Free Press for the full story.
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