Police union calls for countywide opinion on closure

A workers’ union has warned that any public consultation on the proposed closure of the Suffolk Police control room should be thorough and include residents from Sudbury.

The warning comes after Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk Constabulary, who will make the final decision on the future of the control room, announced a series of public meetings.

These meetings, however, which will take place over the next seven months, do not include any consultations in the Babergh area.

Mark Trask, branch secretary of Unison’s Suffolk Police branch, said: “While we are pleased that Mr Passmore is committed to undertaking a public consultation, we want to ensure that this is available to every resident across Suffolk.

“We are concerned that towns such as Sudbury have no scheduled meeting.

“We are worried that residents in rural villages won’t have the opportunity to attend a meeting or have their full say.

“This could be particularly true for the more vulnerable members of our communities, such as the elderly or disabled.”

A link to an online petition and more details on the proposals can be found at www.suffolkunison999.wordpress.com.