Station faces cut in hours

FILEY police station is likely to have its opening hours cut in a major review of front counter services at 15 centres across the county.

At present, the police station is open to the public between 9am and 5pm every day – subject to operational demands.

The review follows on from this week’s announcement that, in repsonse to budget cuts, force control room operations are to be centralised in York, and it is a further element of the force’s strategy to “maximise efficiency and effectiveness”.

As part of the process, public usage of all police stations and counter services were analysed and it was considered how the service could be adapted “where current arrangements and resources do not match demand”. And it was concluded the level of demand for front counter service at Filey and 14 other centres, including Eastfield, did not justify current opening hours. The new opening times will be confirmed in June.

A statement from the police said the reduction in hours would not affect the availability of local police officers and alternative access arrangements would be put in place.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said: “North Yorkshire Police has had to consider a range of efficiency measures in response to the significant budget deficit which all public sector organisations are facing in the coming years.

“Our review of front counter services showed that some of the resources committed to running these facilities were not providing value for money in their current form.”

He added that the force was unable to comment on the impact of the policy on staff members as individual meetings were still ongoing. “Until these issues are resolved, we are also unable to go into the cost-savings,” he said.