POLICING in Uppingham is to move to the heart of the community after a new home was found for the community beat team.
Uppingham police station in Leicester Road is one of 12 police stations to be closed and sold by Leicestershire Police in a bid to save £300,000 as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review announced by the Government at the end of last year.
Since November, Rutland police commander Insp Johnny Monks has been searching for the perfect place for the community beat team to be based and at a meeting of Uppingham Town Council on Wednesday it was decided that the town hall in High Street East would be the perfect location.
The town hall is currently undergoing a full refurbishment, and the town council agreed that it would extend the store cupboard in the hall to house the police once its plans had been finalised and approved.
Insp Monks said: “It is with great joy that we have come to a conclusion. We will not be moving the police out of the town but will in fact be moving into a much better location compared to where we were before.”
The full cost of providing the accommodation has not yet been finalised by the council, but it has agreed to apply for a £30,000 grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government to help fund it
The police will also be making a contribution towards the costs.
Coun Ron Simpson, of Hawthorn Drive, Uppingham welcomed the move saying: “I think it’s absolutely the right thing to do.
“It will be good to have the police at the heart of the community and not at the edge of the town where they were before.”
Insp Monks said he had had a very positive response to his appeal for accommodation in the town.
He said: “I would like to thank everybody else that came forward and offered us space in their property or premises.”