Ulster Unionist MLA for East Antrim Roy Beggs Jnr has reacted to the news that the PSNI Area commander is recommending to the ACC and the Policing Board that Glenarm Police station should be closed.
Roy Beggs MLA said;
“I am disappointed by the news that Chief Superintendent Noble is recommending closure of Glenarm PSNI station to the Policing Board . I made a submission to the Review and attended the public consultation meeting on behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party arguing for the continued existence of the Police Station in Glenarm.
I would be concerned that police officers will now have to spend a considerably longer time travelling up and down to Larne PSNI station making it more difficult to spend time on the ground in the coastal areas of Glenarm and Carnlough.
The primary reason for closure put forward is financial, yet the police’s own figures reveal that running and maintenance costs for Glenarm are minimal in overall terms. I believe the potential loss of public confidence is a price which is not worth paying. I would hope that even at this stage the PSNI and the Policing Board would show a willingness to look imaginatively at suggestions to make the Police station a community building, with continued police surgeries combined with wider community use.”