1,500 people sign petition to save Solihull Police Station - The Solihull Observer

1,500 people sign petition to save Solihull Police Station

Solihull Editorial 11th Dec, 2020   0

MORE than 1,500 people have signed a petition demanding that Solihull police station is saved from closure.

The station, in Homer Road, is one of 24 across the West Midlands that Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has proposed closing.

The petition was handed to Mr Jamieson at the force’s HQ, Lloyd House on Wednesday, December 12, along with others to halt the closure of key stations in Aldridge, Sutton Coldfield, Tipton and Wednesfield.

Jay Singh-Sohal, the Conservative candidate to be the region’s next PCC, launched the Solihull petition in September with the support of local MP Julian Knight.

Mr Knight said: “I have been fighting to save Solihull Police Station for years, and as I have said time and again, a ‘front desk’ is not an adequate replacement for a fully-staffed police station, especially not in a growing town like Solihull which was until recently served by two.

“Residents here want real community-based policing, not to be left reliant on a ‘flying squad’ based in Birmingham.

“Residents want to keep policing local, with a proper police station at the heart of our community. Yet the current Labour Commissioner wants to shut community police stations – while he has spent millions on his own lavish HQ and police station in Birmingham City Centre.”

Mr Singh-Sohal added: “The fact that more than 1,500 people have signed this petition illustrates the huge level of concern over the plans to close Solihull police station.

“Communities across the region are desperate to keep their police stations and the local police presence they bring. I would like to thank everyone who has taken time to make their voice heard on this issue.”

Mr Singh-Sohal has said he would freeze planned closures and has committed to increasing physical police presence in the areas affected.

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