Policing in Uckfield will not be affected by closure of the existing police station and a move to a new site, according to the new Wealden district commander.
Ch Insp Gary Pike told Uckfield town councillors the existing buildings were expensive to run and had to go. The neighbourhood policing team could be better housed elsewhere in town and a move might also enable improved counter services.
Ch Insp Pike, attended an Uckfield Town Council meeting on Monday evening in place of police commissioner Katy Bourne, who had been invited to explain the thinking behind the planned closure of the police station.
Councillors were unhappy they hadn’t been consulted in advance of an announcement about the move. See: Uckfield dismay over police station closure.
Ch Insp Pike accepted the announcement had caused more concern than intended and, with the benefit of hindsight, there weren’t many people who wouldn’t have liked it to have been done in a different way.
But he stressed nothing would happen to the police station until a new site, which could involve sharing facilities with another authority, was found.
The chief inspector said a countywide police response team, currently based at Uckfield and one of three in East Sussex, would be relocated out of town. Administrators based there would also be moved.
He stressed that neither of those moves would affect policing in Uckfield. The neighbourhood policing team would remain in the town and the latest technology would be used to help keep members mobile.