Police station relegated to car park for a year

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Thame bobbies will be forced to work from the car park of their former station when it is demolished to make room for retirement flats.

In March, Churchill Retirement will submit a planning application to build 42 one and two-bedroom flats on the Greyhound Lane site.

When the development is finished a police reception will still be available at the site, and Churchill says this will make it one of their safest residencies.

But while building works are carried out the police will set up shop in their old car park.

Insp Mark Harling, of the South and Vale Local Policing Area, said: “A front counter will remain on the site so members of the public will continue to have the same access to police in Thame.

“This will not change the standard of policing in the town, with officers continuing to work hard making sure residents in Thame feel safe.”

The force moved its Thame operational base to a site in Wenman Road on the Thame Business Park last year.

And although a Monday to Friday reception service has remained at Greyhound Lane, the building was thought to be too big for that purpose alone.

Town and district councillor David Bretherton appealed to the police to consider a more central location for their smaller operation.

He said: “I think it is absolutely essential that there is a police presence in the town centre.

“I would personally rather have it in the centre of the town in the High Street.”