The opening of a new police station in Crowborough this week has been widely welcomed by both Weladen's Conservative MP and the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex.
The new station replaces the old site on Crowborough Hill and is now located at the former Town Hall on The Broadway, in the town centre. It will house its own neighbourhood policing team, offering a more visible policing presence right at the heart of the community and it will serve as hub for the rural crime team. Front office opening hours will be maintained at 10am-2pm Monday to Friday and a display screen in the window features key information about police campaigns, enabling residents to access quick-time on community-based information and local initiatives.
In autumn 2019 the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) purchased the former Crowborough Town Council building in the town centre to convert to a new police station. This now replaces the former outdated and out-of-town police station which had been used for generations. Following the challenges of 2020, renovation started last autumn to provide a fit-for-purpose, modern base.
Speaking at the opening, Sussex PCC Katy Bourne said: "I am delighted that Crowborough will have a new police station to give residents a real sense of community policing. From my consultation in the town last year, I know that this has been missed in recent times and will be warmly welcomed by local people.
"I’m looking forward to seeing the new police station acting as a real hub of the community, providing reassurance and protection to Crowborough as well as to the neighbouring rural areas. The more central location of the new station will house members of the neighbourhood policing team, making them a genuine part of the town and more visible to residents. This is exactly what local people told me they wanted."
With its central location, officers will be able to spend more time proactively policing the community and tackling local issues, with less time travelling between hubs. It will enable officers and staff to focus on proactive problem-solving initiatives, addressing local concerns and the policing priorities for the area.
Local MP Nus Ghani was due to attend the opening, but due to urgent proceedings in Parliament at short notice, Wealden District and East Sussex County Councillor for Crowborough and Member of the Police & Crime Panel Philip Lunn delivered Nusrat’s words of thanks instead.
Nusrat Ghani said: “The new police station is fantastic news for Crowborough. It is a great asset and I’m pleased that the neighbourhood policing team and the rural crime team can continue to grow from strength to strength and support our communities. This new location provides a more accessible and visible police presence to help keep communities in Crowborough and north Wealden safe and deliver a better service.
Many thanks to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry and Inspector Kendal Wells of the Wealden Policing team, and David Lewis and Siobhan Wiltshire of Sussex Police Estates department, who helped to manage the project. I look forward to working very closely with the expanded team based in Crowborough.”
Divisional Commander for East Sussex, Chief Superintendent Tanya Jones said: “Ultimately the move to this central location provides a more accessible and visible presence to help with community policing and working together as one to address issues. We are committed to providing services that meet customer needs and understand the value placed upon being able to visit a police station face-to-face, alongside providing a wide range of contact options over the phone and online."