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Walton police station to remain open
2:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
WALTON’S police station is set to remain open because it would cost more than £20,000 to relocate its radio mast, it is claimed.
The station was closed to the public two years ago and earmarked for sale, but has continued to be used as a base for police officers and PCSOs.
Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston revealed the station will remain open at a behind-closed-doors meeting with Frinton and Walton town councillors.
One councillor, who did not wanted to be named, said: “Walton police station will stay because it was cost so much money to remove and relocate the mast.
“It is massive and would cost £20,000 to £30,000 and they don’t know where they can put it."
The force decided to close the front counter as part of a money-saving review two years ago.
Changes to opening hours across the county were estimated to save £2.5million.
Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “There are no current plans to dispose of Walton police station.
“Work has been undertaken by Essex Police to assess whether it was possible for police and council staff to occupy a shared site, but that proposal was not judged to be cost effective.
“The need to re-locate a police communications mast and the cost of refurbishment were amongst the factors which led to the decision not to sell Walton police station at this time.
“Whilst I understand calls for front counters to be re-opened, there are many other ways in which members of the public can report crimes or raise concerns with officers."