‘Outrageous’ closure plan not denied AGAIN
Thursday, 16 March 2017
THE North Antrim community branch of one of the biggest trade unions has joined the call to retain the PSNI public enquiry desks in Ballycastle and Ballymoney stations. Several weeks ago DUP Alderman John Finlay voiced his concerns for a second time about the closure speculation and for a second time the PSNI refused to dispel the claims.
Now, speaking on behalf of the North Antrim community branch of UNITE, branch secretary Miss Karen McCotter has described any such proposal as "outrageous" and urged the PSNI to "think long and hard" about it.
In a letter to this paper she said: "People from the local community and branch members have contacted us about the proposed closing of the quite new PSNI station in Ballymoney to the general public.
“This could cause problems for people from the community who need to report to the station for whatever reasons.
“Coleraine is the nearest station (even that station is reducing the hours that its front desk will be open to the public) that our community can access. This will be at least a 12 mile return journey for most people.
“£5.2 million was spent on the white elephant that is the new station.
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