I promised to write to you again when I had more information about the impact of the police moving their administrative office from the Rock Road police station to the Town Hall.
After several weeks of construction work to convert the council chamber and two store rooms into an office suite the police moved in on 22 June. The police office is not open to the public so the only real impact on you will be that you will see police officers and PCSOs entering and leaving the building on a regular basis. I hope that this will be a reassuring development.
This move has required me to make some changes to the car parking arrangements on the forecourt. Let’s be honest, up until now it has largely be a free for all which has led to double parking, people being blocked in and the front door and fire exit frequently being obstructed. This cannot continue now that the police require 24/7 access and egress for their personnel and vehicles.
You will see that the bollards on the forecourt have been removed and the kerb dropped. Six parking bays have been marked out. The one furthest from the front door to the Town Hall is for the exclusive use of the police and must not be used by anyone else even if it is vacant. The other five bays are for the use of town hall staff and hirers on a first come first served basis. If all the parking bays are full you will need to park in the public car park next to the Co-op. Please also note the yellow exclusion zone covering the fire escape and front door. You must not park in this zone under any circumstances as it will obstruct the emergency evacuation routes.