Fears grow over closure of Barton police station in Gloucester
FEARS are growing that Barton police station could be set for closure, amid fierce opposition.
Barton's station is threatened with closure under plans by Gloucestershire Police Authority which would replace it with a "police point".
Opponents have gathered hundreds of signatures in the battle to keep it open, which has taken a new twist.
At a full meeting of Gloucester City Council on September 27, a motion was proposed by the Labour Group to delete the police station from the closure list.
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However, this was opposed by councillor Jennie Dallimore (C, Podsmead), who also works in Gloucester MP Richard Graham's office, causing outrage in the council chamber.
She said: "They wanted us to agree to lobby the police commissioner to keep the station open.
"While we noted the importance of community safety and the great work that goes on there, we decided this was a decision to be made by the commissioner. Therefore we moved an amendment to the motion which recognised the importance of community safety and also the importance of a police presence in the area."
Councillor Said Hansdot (L, Barton and Tredworth) said: "I hoped we would have cross-party support to protect Barton Street Police Station from a closure plan that has already resulted in 16 of the county's 31 police stations closing.
"But of all the people to oppose the plans I would never have expected Richard Graham MP's assistant to second the amendment deleting Barton Street police station from my motion."
Councillor Usman Bhaimia (L, Barton and Tredworth) said: "This amendment will give the green light to the downgrading of our community police station to a pen pusher information point at best."