"A victory for common sense and community fighting spirit is Rosie's Cooper reaction to the news that front desk services at Ormskirk police station are to remain open following the announcement by Lancashire Police.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has been campaigning alongside local residents to save the front desk services since July when the original proposals were issued for public consultation as part of a programme to find £42 million in savings. MP Rosie has been opposed to the plans to close public access to the station that would have forced people to make a 25 mile round trip to Skelmersdale Police Station.
In August Rosie met with Chief Constable Steve Finnigan to raise her and residents deep concerns about the impact of closing front desk services.
MP Rosie said:
"It is fantastic news that front desk services at Ormskirk police station will remain open. This is a real victory for common sense and community fighting spirit. The enormous volume of letters, petitions, emails and telephone calls I received just showed the real strength of residents opposition to the original proposals to end public access to Ormskirk police station.
I am delighted Police chiefs have listened to the voices of local residents and understand just how important it is to be able to go into the police station. In the last year we have lost officers on the beat in the town and the future of PCSOs remains under threat. To lose the front desk services would have been another blow to people feeling safe on our streets and in their homes.
"I want to thank every single person who took the time to make their opposition to the plans knows and to make their voices heard. I genuinely believe that in large part the strength of community opposition is why we will still have front desk services in Ormskirk.
As part of the same consultation Lancashire Police have also announced that the future of Aughton Police point at Town Green train station remains uncertain. Its future will at the current location will depend on securing alternative funding to provide the service staffed by volunteers. In response to this announcement, MP Rosie added:
"The news on Aughton's police point is very disappointing. In recent weeks, there have been mixed messages from the police, about the future of the police point and policing services in Aughton, so I am sure residents will not be reassured by this new announcement. I believe it is imperative that the necessary funding or sponsorship is found to ensure a continued police presence and it is done urgently.