June 08, 2006

So far in Derbyshire

Back in February when the merger with Nottingham was proposed, it was supported by High Peak MP Tom Levitt. But Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council disagreed, saying that the problems in Nottinghamshire would disadvantage policing in Derbyshire.

In March "Conservative Parliamentary hopeful Andrew Bingham" expressed fears that Derbyshire would be starved of resources.
"High Peak will be even worse off because we are right at the top end of the East Midlands which goes all the way down to Northampton.

"I think we will be the forgotten man of the East Midlands force."
Police Authority Chairman Janet Birkin and Chief Constable David Coleman said their priority was to get the best deal possible for the people of Derbyshire and to maintain and improve the service for local communities.

And Chief Superintendent Roger Flint, Divisional Commander for Buxton Division, said he had concerns about the possible impact locally and the reduction of local influence in the new regional force.

He said reorganisation would cost millions of pounds and at present no money was being provided, so the cost might have to be absorbed - which could mean a change in the service provided in rural areas.

By April the Police Authority had decided to oppose the merger as it was not being fully funded.

In May, High Peak councillors demanded that High Peak should keep its own dedicated police division, following concerns it could be merged with Chesterfield, and "wholeheartedly opposed" the creation of a single East Midlands force. Councillors from across Derbyshire will meet with local police chiefs on 10 June.

Today the Police authority have announced a public consultation.

We saw earlier that MP Tom Levitt supported the merger. Now he is in trouble for claiming that the police themselves had suggested it - which the police have denied.

Plenty here for Derbyshire campaigners to get their teeth into - and this impacts the proposals for the east Midlands as a whole.

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