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The Old Mining College Centre could be used to house a police presence in Burntwood following the closure of the front desk at Chasetown police station. Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis revealed earlier this week that the public enquiry desk would be one of three to go across the county. The decision comes after it was revealed that less than 10 people a week used the facility. But the Comissioner has vowed to keep a presence in the town. Mr Ellis said: “The enquiry desk at Chasetown will close and be replaced by a new police post which will open at a community building in the town where people can meet local officers at drop-ins or surgeries.” Although no site has formally been identified yet, Burntwood Town Council leader Richard Mosson revealed that the Old Mining College Centre could be a suitable facility.
Cllr Richard Mosson
“The Police and Crime Commissioner has contacted Burntwood Town Council to discuss future plans for policing in Burntwood in light of plans to close the front desk. “Although the news was met with disappointment Mr Ellis explained that steps had been taken to reduce the amount of money tied up in under-utilised bricks and mortar and to effectively get more police officers out on to the beat and engaging with local communities. “The Police and Crime Commissioner has expressed a wish to visit Burntwood in the near future and welcomes the opportunity to discuss plans in more detail with both residents and members of the town council. “We have been assured that the police will remain active in Burntwood and will still require a contact point within the town in order that local officers are able to meet with local residents. “There are a number of locations nearby which are of interest which include the Old Mining College Community Centre located on Queen Street.”

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