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Plans submitted to replace village police station

Eccleston Police Station.

Eccleston Police Station.

 

Plans have been submitted to develop a village police station into a house.

The proposals for Towngate in Eccleston, Chorley have been welcomed.

Councillor Keith Iddon, borough ward councillor for Eccleston and Mawdesley, said: “I’m pleased that we will be making use of an empty building and turning it into a house.

“I’m a big supporter of things like this, coming from a rural village I support the farm trade and we don’t want new properties being built.

“So extending the building means new houses won’t be being built and this will only help the rural villages.”

Despite welcoming the plans, Coun Iddon felt it was a sad day for Eccleston.

The police station was officially emptied in November, 2011.

Although it has been closed for more than two years, Coun Iddon thinks the police station will be missed.

He added: “Ever since I’ve lived in the village, they’ve always had a policeman that represents the village.

“It will be sad to see the building go as it’s a part of village history, the policeman was always a well respected member of the public like the doctor or the headmaster.

“But that saying, we have a great police team here in Eccleston and the crime rate has actually lowered.

“So as much as it’s a sad thing, police technology has moved on and they have things such as CCTV which help everything.”

The application has been submitted by a Mr Steve Wilkinson who lives in Mawdesley.

Mr Wilkinson was unavailable for comment due to a holiday.

 

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