Skewen Police Station to close in a bid to make savings
COUNCILLORS in Skewen have been asked to come up with locations police officers could be based after it was revealed the village station could close.
Inspector Huw Griffiths broke the news to members of Coedffranc Community Council on Wednesday evening, revealing that South Wales Police had to save £6 million.
"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.
"I think you know what's coming.
"Skewen Police Station costs us £36,218 a year - we haven't got the money to do it. 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.
"Police staff will put equipment and information there.
"We'd need something suitable for about three officers. We would secure the building to our needs.
"The community of Coedffranc will get a police presence.
"Skewen has not been picked on, Port Talbot is no longer a station, it's a depot."
He said the time scale for the closure would be 12 to 18 months.
"It's worked very well in Crynant, one room has been taken over by a PSCO and it's gone down fabulous."
He said the PCSO had access to all ages at the site, adding: "If I could replicate that everywhere, I would."
Members agreed to list the item on the next agenda to discuss possible locations.