Uckfield Police Station is likely to stay in its current location for at least the next year, UckfieldNews.com can reveal.
And before any re-location takes places, there will be full consultation with residents.
The promises were made by Sussex Police Wealden District Commander, Chief Inspector Dick Coates.
His comments follow the announcement of county-wide plans by Police and Crime Commission, Katy Bourne, and Chief Constable, Martin Richards, announced in June to close older police stations, such as Uckfield, and relocate to newly-named “public contact points”.
Full details of what was said then can be read here
Since then Uckfield Town Council has asked the police and crime commissioner to attend a town council to explain what is happening. Councillors were disappointed that they had not been consulted before the announcement. Story here.
Speaking about Uckfield, Chief Inspector Coates told this website: “In the longer term we are still looking for alternative premises to the current police station which is not really fit for purpose.
“There will be no reduction in officers when this happens.
“I am still looking for options around this and will want to consult with local people when I have some firm options. Until then we will remain at the current station.”
Any move would take a year at least at the quickest, he believes, adding: “It’s a long-term plan along with other sites in Sussex.”