Councillors discuss new possible base for Skewen police officers
A NEW home for Skewen police officers has been considered by councillors.
Skewen Police Station is to close as part of South Wales Police's spending cuts.
Inspector Huw Griffiths told members of Coedffranc Community Council saving need to be made, either by getting rid of staff or by getting rid of premises.
The closure will save the force £36,218 a year.
Councillors have now been discussing where a base could be provided for the officers in the village.
Chairwoman Annette Wingrave said they were considering the computer suite at Carnegie Hall.
"It is redundant," she said. "The computers are obsolete. It has not been used for a year. There is no internet access there and none of them have a licensing package."
She said they could put the computers in storage for the time being and the officers could use the room.
Councillor Keith Davies suggested that the office at the end of the corridor could be used instead. "It is big enough for three people," he said. "I would think that would be ideal for them.
"I am reluctant to give up the computer suite."
Councillor Ian Whitehead Ross said the clerk's old office could also be used.
"The computers could be utilised by Communities First," he said. "It is a nice computer room. It would be a shame to get rid of it."
Councillor Paula Bebell said she thought the computer room would be just right for the police to use.
"They could have a desk at one end and a computer at the other end of the room," she said. "It is on the ground floor so it is accessible to everybody."
But councillor Harry Bebell added: "We are not providing a police station.
"It is just for the PCSOs to allow them to do their job properly."
Councillor Arthur Davies suggested that the discussion should be taken to the finances and general purposes committee.
It was also agreed that Mr Griffiths would be invited to the meeting so councillors could ask some further questions about the arrangement.