Plans to cut PCSOs subject to review, Stapleford hustings crowd told
A review could be carried out into plans to cut 70 police community support officers in Nottinghamshire, it was revealed at an election debate last night.
Anna Soubry, who is trying to defend her seat in Broxtowe, told a lively hustings event in Stapleford that she had been informed by police chiefs the decision was not final.
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said last week he was consulting unions about the reductions to save £2.8 million after budget cuts.
Mrs Soubry, a Conservative, said: “There’s going to be a full review of our PCSOs and part of it will be to see if there’s areas where there can be fewer, and if resources can be moved about. It’s concerning because they’re great sources of information to help policemen do their jobs.”
Liberal Democrats candidate Stan Heptinstall said: “Stapleford and Bramcote will suffer from that – it’s absolutely deplorable.”
About 80 people attended thedebate at St Helen’s Church Hall, with a mixture of cheering and heckling greeting the politicians’ statements about helping young people and protecting green belt land.
Labour candidate Nick Palmer, who was MP from 1997 to 2010, said Broxtowe Borough Council was forced into approving plans for 450 homes in Field Farm by government requirements for new housing land.
He added: “We need to get away from the government forcing each borough to deal with problems on their own.”
Green Party candidate David Kirwan, UKIP’s Frank Dunne and Ray Barry, of the Justice for Men and Boys party, agreed there were alternative brownfield sites, such as in the city centre, Kimberley and Sneinton, that could be developed.