THE Northern Ireland Policing Board has approved the closure of Glengormley Police Station.
Following a public consultation process on the future of the Antrim Road facility, which revealed that on average only six members of the public used the station each month, the site will be closed and disposed of before April 2015.
The Glengormley barracks is among 20 stations across the country which are set to close in a bid by the PSNI to save millions of pounds in running its huge estate.
The police have said that with the use of smartphones, tablet computers and social media websites they have little need for such a large number of buildings.
Following the station’s closure, officers which used Glengormley Station will be relocated to Newtownabbey Station on the Shore Road at Whiteabbey.
Chairman of the Antrim Line Community Policing Forum, Nigel Hamilton said he had grave concerns about the closure.
“Many residents and traders have expressed their fear that the closure leaves Glengormley marginalised at a time when we have been experiencing higher levels of burglary and anti-social behaviour,” he said.
“I am concerned that decisions like this one leave people feeling less safe in their communities and homes.
“We will now be paying close scrutiny to ensure that policing levels are maintained at worst and improved and stepped up at best. The real problem is that in a community like Glengormley which needs to develop the concept of shared space we need resources to support community activity. I fear that this may suffer from such a decision,” Mr Hamilton added.
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