Austin thanks everyone who supported the campaign for new Dudley police station.
Dudley North MP Ian Austin has welcomed plans for a new town centre “super” station being drawn up by West Midlands Police as “great news for Dudley”.
Austin has been campaigning for a new police station ever since the town centre station on New Street closed in 2015 and said he wanted to thank “all the local people who supported the campaign”.
The new multi-million pound station will have a front desk open the public. It will be built on derelict land just off the bypass at Hall Street. Plans are being drawn up now, work should start next year and it could be finished by 2021.
Ian Austin said:
“I want to thank everyone in Dudley who supported the campaign for a new police station - this shows what we can achieve when we work together!
“I fought hard to keep our old police station open when they closed it a couple of years ago and promised to campaign to bring back a police station back to Dudley Town Centre.
“I keep my promises so I’m really pleased about these plans.
“Hundreds of people have come to my community meetings on crime over the summer. Crime is on the increase, local people are worried about burglaries, car theft, anti-social behaviour and violent crime so I’m sure people in Dudley are going to really welcome this. I want to make sure we have more police on the streets and more criminals locked up so my next priority is to fight to make sure we get our fair share of the extra police the government has promised to recruit.”
Councillor Keiran Casey, Dudley Council’s shadow cabinet member for community centre, who has been working on the plans, said:
"This is important news for public safety in Dudley and will mean that officers are based closer to communities in Dudley.
"I hope plans move forward quickly on this and we get our much needed station as soon as possible.
"Since West Midlands Police has lost £175 million and over 2,000 police officers crime has been one of the biggest issue on the doorsteps. This news will be a real welcome boost and make local people feel much safer."