THE FIGHT TO STOP CLOSURE OF WEDNESFIELD POLICE STATION – I thought that Wednesfield North residents would be pleased to know that the campaign that has been waged by Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South Labour Parties, and which has been running now for several months has had some success.
First Councillor Greg Brackenridge from Wednesfield South and Councillor Mary Bateman together recently handed over to our Member of Parliament – Emma Reynolds MP, hundreds and hundreds of signatures collected from Wednesfield people in the High Street , through the foulest of winter weather.
This was evidence of the brilliant support from this Village, for the campaign to retain Wednesfield Police Station.
When Labour took to the streets – the people queued to listen to our case, to keep Wednesfield Police Station in public ownership and open for Police services. They queued to sign the petition forms!
That was the first success that we have had, the second in the campaign, was the agreement of our Member of Parliament Emma Reynolds to accept the petitions and raise them with West Midlands Police –
Emma also ran her own survey on this issue – as we did here in Wednesfield North.
This was she has had to say to me in an email recently.
Emma Reynolds ” I have shared your views with West Midlands Police and demanded that they look again at their plans. It is worrying that so few people knew what was happening and as a result were not able to have their say. In Parliament I will be challenging ministers over crime and policing policy. At every level it appears to be lacking and they need to get a better grip on the situation.”
Locally I have also written on behalf of Wednesfield North
, and have been in correspondence with the Chief Constable. That correspondence has led to some movement.
The force through their administration have asked me to meet with Chief Superintendent Mears, the senior Police Officer here in this City, which of course I will do.
Wednesfield Labour Councillors are always working hard to support the police, and make Wednesfield safer.
We continue to feel that the removal of Wednesfield Police Station will be detrimental to the future police service, we would operate going forward.
If Wednesfield Police station is closed and sold off we will be here in Wednesfield in a worse position. We are convinced that if we lose the Police Station now we will never see one open in our community again. We as individual Councillors here in our community, and together with our Party, will continue to fight this Police Station closure.