Daniel Zeichner has joined Labour city councillors, led by Nicky Massey the Executive Councillor for Community Safety, in renewing calls for a guarantee on Cambridge’s city centre police station.
Labour have been campaigning to keep a full resourced and staffed police station that is accessible to residents and visitors to the city, either on a modernised Parkside site or elsewhere in the centre. Although there have been verbal promises from the Chief Constable Nick Dean that this will happen, no details of what this will look like have been released yet.
Mr. Zeichner highlighted the importance of a central police station to community safety;
“Cambridge residents need to feel safe, and time after time they’ve told me that this means keeping a city centre police station. We need some firm reassurances from the PCC’s office on exactly what sort of station Cambridge will be left with. We don’t need more words – we need to see some action. It’s too important an issue, and Labour will be keeping up the pressure to make sure we get some answers.”
Cllr Massey expressed disappointment that there had been no further information released on the proposals.
“Months down the line and we still aren’t any further forward with this, which is hugely disappointing. With Jason Ablewhite’s sudden resignation, I’m concerned that this will be forgotten about.
“Cambridge will always need a police station to provide a visible reassurance for the community. Rest assured that Labour councillors, together with Daniel, will be keeping up the pressure to make sure that Cambridge has a police station that works for everyone – and not just a contact point.
“We’d been promised that this would happen, but now? With the PCC’s resignation that could all change. We won’t be allowing a decision that is this important to fall through the net.”
Councillors and Mr. Zeichner are calling on residents to sign their petition, and make sure whoever the new PCC is hears the message loud and clear – Cambridge needs its central police station.