Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has successfully brokered an agreement that could see Aughton Police Point remain at Town Green Station following a meeting she called with representatives from Lancashire Police, Merseyrail and Aughton Parish Council on Friday 25th November 2011.
Rosie called a meeting with the key parties at which an agreement on the costs of retaining the police point was reached, subject to someone or an organisation to sign the agreement with Merseyrail and covering the business rates for which there is an opportunity to apply for a reduced rate.
MP Rosie said:
"I am delighted that an in-principle agreement has been reached that would see the Aughton Police Point remain open beyond the end of its current lease. All parties - residents, me, Lancashire Police, Merseyrail and Aughton Parish Council want it to remain open. This can now happen. I would like to thank Merseyrail for agreeing to waive the rent, the police for agreeing to meet the running costs, which only leaves the question of who signs the agreement and covers the costs of the business rates on the police point, which I hope Aughton Parish Council will agree to cover, especially as there is likely to be an opportunity to apply for reduced rates. In which event, the great news is that the police point will remain open without change.
"I am sure the residents of Aughton will be delighted by this news. They've had some mixed messages over recent weeks. It will take a little while to finalise all the finer points of the agreement but at least a future for Aughton Police Point is within our grasp."
The future of the police point at Town Green Station was uncertain after the announcement by Lancashire Police following their Front Counter and Estates Review, with the existing lease on the police point due to expire on the 31st March 2012.
MP Rosie thanked the three organisations for their commitment to retaining the police point in Aughton and for their willingness to get round the table to find a solution. This news about Aughton's Police Point follows a victory in the campaign to keep Ormskirk Police Station open to the public.