Sinn Féin welcomes confirmation that Castlederg PSNI Station is in firing line for closure
Published: 2 December, 2011
In a joint statement welcoming the recommendation Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle and councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh said,
"This recommendation is in our view long overdue as the case for the stations closure was firmly substantiated in March of this year following when we obtained a Freedom of Information response outlining how:
the station is not open to the public yet has 9 full time officers attached to it.
£289,000 was spent renovating the surroundings barriers at the station in the 2010/2011 fanancial year alone with an annual cost of £17,231.92 of maintaining the site
no one arrested locally is even brought or held in the station but brought instead to either to Omagh, Derry or Strabane custody suites.
"Having highlighted this F0I response we subsequently wrote to the Justice Minister David Ford requesting the closure of the station. We now welcome confirmation that the stations closure is now being recommended.
"Given that the station represents a substantial drain on the public pure despite having no functional role in the local community the continued presence of this heavy militarized facility in the centre town can no longer be justified.
"It is a waste of financial and personnel resources which could be put to much better use in providing this community with better community policing and better addressing issues such as anti-social behaviour problems in this area.
"Moreover, removing this blot on the landscape frees up this extensive site for the socio-economic regeneration of the town in line with vision and objectives of the Derg Visioning Framework." ENDS