Now cost-cutters eye up our seven police stations

THE seven police stations across Calderdale are under review as forces try to meet massive Government spending cuts.

West Yorkshire Police estates department has confirmed buildings are included in ongoing assessments of where it can save money.

The cuts mean West Yorkshire Police will have its budget slashed by 20 per cent by 2015.

Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison has said he expects the force to have 1,500 to 2,000 fewer employees by the time the cuts have been made.

John Prentice, director of estates, transport and logistics for West Yorkshire Police, stressed no decisions had yet been made.

“Neighbourhood policing remains a key priority for the force,” he said.

“Like all forces, we have to find substantial savings and there is an ongoing review into all policing services, including estates, to ensure we are working efficiently and providing the most appropriate service to meet demand.

“Any changes to the force’s estate will not have any effect on policing, which remains the force’s priority. I would like to stress that no decisions have been made as this is a review.”

Calderdale has police stations at Halifax, Ovenden, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden, Brighouse and Elland.

As reported in the Courier, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority is shutting two fire stations to save cash.

The stations in Brighouse and Elland will be closed and replaced with one in Rastrick.

The authority is facing the possible loss of £18m in Government grants between now and 2016.