Future of police office in jeopardy

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Clare Town Council is to write to Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner to express its concerns over the future of its police office.

Councillors learned that the lease for the building off Cavendish Road will run out in January.

Although the constabulary says the lease will be extended to allow for a proper consultation about its long-term future, town council chairman Paul Bishop said the announcement had still come as a surprise.

“We were surprised that nobody had seen fit to mention the lease was coming up,” he said.

Mr Bishop said the town council was also concerned that the status Clare enjoys as a local service centre – due to the presence of a fire station, bank, two schools and GP and dental surgeries – may be affected if the station was to be removed.

Councillors agreed to write to Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner, with their concerns.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: “In light of our need to meet financial savings, the future sustainability of the Clare office is currently under review.

“The lease on the building is due to expire in January, but it is our intention to extend the lease to enable a consultation to take place with the local community before a final decision is taken.”