Surrey

Surrey police station sales to go ahead

Kevin Hurley
Image caption Surrey police and crime commissioner Kevin Hurley said he could not justify keeping the stations open

The sale of nine Surrey police stations should go ahead, the police and crime commissioner (PCC) has announced.

A review looked at the sale of stations in Esher, Haslemere, Epsom, Old Woking, Leatherhead, Banstead, Camberley, Horley, Sunbury and Chertsey.

The sale of Chertsey may be deferred, as it might be kept for operational use by Surrey Police, Kevin Hurley said.

The sale of Haslemere will be delayed by six months to allow community groups to bid for the property.

Mr Hurley, Surrey's PCC, said: "After careful consideration, my decision is that, with the exception of Chertsey, we should continue with the sales of the remaining sites."

The commissioner asked for a pause in the sales of police stations during his first week in office, in November 2012.

But the review of the plan, which was led by deputy PCC Jeff Harris, has recommended the sale of nine of the 10 stations should go ahead.

"The world has moved on - the police operate differently and the public access the police differently," added Mr Hurley.

"At a time of significant pressure on our finances, we can no longer justify the expense of keeping these sites open.

"We can only sell them once and I wanted to be absolutely satisfied about whether this remained the right approach."

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