The new Police and Crime Commissioner has announced that he has secured a site on Portsea Island for a new police investigation centre, off the Eastern Road.
Earlier this year Portsmouth Labour campaigned to stop proposals which may have seen the new police centre being built outside of the city, over in Havant. Thanks to lobbying that option was ruled out, a u-turn made, and a home found in Portsmouth.
However, concerns remain over the need for a city centre presence in Portsmouth at a time when crime is increasing in the city.
The investigation centre has been beset by problems, having been due to be in place this spring.
When the base is up and running from spring 2019 it will force the Constabulary to sell Fratton, Portsmouth Central, Havant and Fareham stations.
Cllr Stephen Morgan, Leader of the Portsmouth Labour Group said:
“The forced closure of the Central Police Station will be a huge loss to the city as it’s in such a central location in the heart of Portsmouth. I remain very concerned by these proposals.
The commissioner must now deliver on the idea to have an open to the public front desk service for residents to report crime face-to-face. This must be in the city centre.
I hope plans are made public so all residents and local groups can see what the changes will mean, and most importantly, be assured proposals will protect essential local police services.”