THE future of a popular police base in Balsall Common has been secured for the next three years after its lease was extended.
Residents of the village had been warned the building in Station Road could go as part of a bid by West Midlands Police to save £126 million over the next four years.
But the police shop which acts as a base for the Balsall Common neighbourhood police team and the newly implemented Street Watch initiative has been given a reprieve until at least 2015.
The parish council could also be located there in order to maximise space and save money as is common in other villages.
Solihull Police Commander, Chief Supt Sally Bourner, said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce the Balsall Common police base’s lease extension.
“This decision demonstrates our commitment to serving and protecting the public in their neighbourhoods.
“It is a hugely valuable facility, one that allows police officers to really get to know local people and understand any issues or concerns.
“It’s also a great example of partnership working and members of the public playing an active role in neighbourhood policing. The fact that the office is staffed by volunteers, who want to play their part in neighbourhood policing, is testimony to how much people value having this police base on their doorstep.”
Cedric Lea, the village Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator and member of Street Watch, said: “I am absolutely over the moon because the future of the police shop and police presence in Balsall Common is guaranteed for the next three years.”
The volunteer-staffed office is open Monday to Saturday 11am till 12.30pm and acts as a drop-in centre for residents wanting to report local issues or seek advice.