Views sought as police identify new town centre site

Park View Shopping Centre, in Whitley Bay.
Park View Shopping Centre, in Whitley Bay.
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Plans have been drawn up to relocate Whitley Bay police station.

A new base for officers from Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Police Team has been found in a ground floor unit in Park View Shopping Centre in the town.

Making sure our neighbourhood team is accessible and visible to the public and has a presence in the community is a priority for the force.

Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray

Officials at Northumbria Police say the re-location will help make officers more accessible and help save money as staff will not be on older buildings which are more expensive to run.

Whitley Bay Police Station, in Laburnum Avenue, is currently open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and it is proposed to maintain these opening hours.

A display with information about the proposal is in the lobby at Whitley Bay Customer First Centre, on York Road, from Thursday, April 2, to Tuesday, April 21.

Residents can give any feedback by completing a comments card.

Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray said: “Making sure our neighbourhood team is accessible and visible to the public and has a presence in the community is a priority for the force.

“We do want to hear from local people, to find out what their views are about this proposal and we would ask that people take a few minutes to look at the proposal and give us their feedback.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “We have always said Neighbourhood Policing Teams won’t be moved until a suitable location is found for them. We believe we have found that for the Whitley Bay team as this will keep officers in the heart of the community they serve.”

“I hope local residents take up the opportunity to give us their views on this proposed move.

“However, we want to make sure people agree and that we’ve considered all we can about this location.

“Local policing is important, so please come along to the display and give your feedback.”