Has town made police an offer they can’t refuse?

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  • Thames Valley Police announces it plans to close Winslow Police Office
  • Winslow Town Council offers to pay £10,500 a year for five years to keep it open
  • The town council is still waiting for a reply to its offer

Townspeople are still in the dark over the future of their police office – despite offering to pay to keep it open.

After Thames Valley Police announced its intention to close Winslow Police Office, Winslow Town Council offered to pay to keep it open.

The threatened closure prompted the town council to hold an emergency meeting, where it was agreed that every effort should be made to retain the valuable community asset.

On February 24, the town council wrote to Chief Constabe Sara Thornton, offering to cover the full rent and rates on the office for the next five years, at a cost of about £10,500 a year.

But although their letter has been acknowledged, no response has yet been received.

Town councillor Llew Monger said: “I understand that the Chief Constable is very busy but it really is very disappointing that we have not received a formal response to what I would have thought is a very generous offer.

“The strength of feeling about this proposed closure is evident from the support we have had from other local villages serviced by police operating from this office.

“The police authority needs to save money but retain good service to the community. Winslow Town Council’s offer ensures they can achieve both objectives, so let’s just get on with it and renew the lease.”

This newspaper contacted Thames Valley Police but they were unavailable for comment.