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In Lancashire the public are to be asked for their views on the future of police premises and front counter services in the county after the county force considered a report outlining potential savings of up to £1m annually and one-off sales of over £4m.
As part of work to identify savings in the region of £42 million over the next four years, the force has been reviewing the properties it uses and the services it provides via front counters in some of its police stations.
The reviews, which were noted by senior managers on Friday June 10, outline a plan to make no changes to the busiest stations across the county but to close a number of the front counter desks and to dispose of those premises where there is limited demand from the public, where the public have no access or which are unoccupied.
The review has found that 81 per cent of the total footfall of visitors across the county is catered for by just 17 of the front counters. The remaining 21 are dealing with only 19pc of the overall footfall and are therefore recommended for closure.