Police look for community base in Skewen as station set to close
SKEWEN Police Station is set to close in a bid to save £36,000 a year.
But Neath Port Talbot Inspector Huw Griffiths has called on councillors in the area to suggest locations where officers could be based instead.
Meeting members of Coedffranc Community Council last night, he said South Wales Police had to save £6 million of costs.
"The chief constable said there are only two ways we can save money in the organisation," he said.
"One, by getting rid of staff and two, by getting rid of premises.
"Skewen Police Station cost us £36,218 a year.
"The police station is going to have to close."
But Mr Griffiths told councillors that a location elsewhere in the village was being sought to base community and support officers.
"Is there anywhere we can fit in?" he asked members.
"I know it's going to take a lot of discussion.
"We'd need something suitable for about three officers. We would secure the building to our needs."
Mr Griffiths told members the organisation was looking to close the station, on New Road, within 12 to 18 months.
Members agreed to list the item on the next agenda to discuss possible locations.