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Police station closures will not save enough cash
CLOSING police stations will save Essex Police less than one per cent of the money the force needs to find.
Essex Police needs to make year-on-year savings of £42.2million.
But the closure and sale of 18 buildings, including community police stations, will only save the police £300,000 a year.
The £5million the force hopes to raise by selling the buildings has to be reinvested in improvements to the remaining stations.
It means communities have lost their local facilities to save a tiny amount of the total needed.
Police stations in Brightlingsea, Great Yeldham, Hatfield Heath, Mistley, Moulsham Lodge, Rochford, South Benfleet, Stansted Mountfitchet and Walton are being sold.
In June Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle said: "Ultimately, we do not believe that lighting, heating and maintaining a building that is under utilised is the best use of Essex taxpayers' money.”
Other stations have been closed to the public or had front counter opening times reduced to save money.