TIM DREW: You can support online petition

LANCING and Shoreham police stations are to close as part of a wide-ranging programme of cost-saving measures aimed at saving £50million by 2015, and a petition to PCC Katy Bourne to postpone these closures pending full and open community discussions is currently on-line.

Mrs Bourne favours ‘community hubs’ such as libraries and local authority buildings as replacements for the police stations which, in common with others in Sussex, are seen as being outdated and expensive.

However, it does not appear that plans for any specific alternative locations have yet been advanced, and it is only right that the local communities be reassured beforehand that any replacement scheme will both provide value for money (which, indeed, was a priority identified by Mrs Bourne during her electoral campaign) and strengthen the relationship between the communities and the police.

The petition is being organised by Jemima Bland and is available for signature on www.avaaz.org/en/petition/ Save Lancing and Shoreham police stations.

Today, Operation Velo representatives will be on-hand to mark and register bicycles and offer advice as how best to secure them at today’s ‘Picnic in the Park’ at Tarring Park between 10am and 4pm.

Those wishing to have their bikes marked are also asked to bring proof of ID and email address details. Please note that adults’ bicycles only are eligible for marking.

Four surgeries will take place this week:

PCSO Ros Tite (Castle) will hold hers at The Maybridge Keystone Club, Raleigh Way, tomorrow, between 11am and noon.

PCSO Sally Haggis (Heene) will be outside the Spar store in Heene Road on Wednesday between noon and 12.30pm.

PCSO Yvonne Mortlock (Salvington) is holding two surgeries, the first of which is at St Michael’s Church hall, Hayling Rise, High Salvington, on Tuesday, between 10.30am to 11.30am, with the second being held at Durrington Library, Salvington Road, between 10am and 3.30pm the next day.