Chad readers have been widely critical of plans to shut down Mansfield Woodhouse Police Station.
Costing an initial £1.3m to build and expected to sell for not more than £425,000 in current market conditions, the decision has been branded a ‘waste of money’ by some readers.
Commenting on the Chad’s Facebook page, reader Ann-Marie Graham, said: “What was the point in building it if it’s to close? A waste of money again.”
Lee Taylor added: “Well that would be a waste of our money again but who am I to say? They wouldn’t listen to our voice anyway.”
Meanwhile, reader Tara Knight, told Chad: “It wasn’t that long ago they spent an absolute fortune building it.
“Instead of closing it, they should stick some cells in it, I could never understand why they spent that much on a station with no cells anyway, put someone on the front desk, actually open it occasionally and use it as a proper police station instead of a part-time office.”
Other readers also complained that the police station had been under-used since it opened six years ago.
Nat Robin said: “It’s always closed in the evening which is a bit crazy as the police have to come from other stations when you need them.
“It is more like a police car pound and somewhere for them to just sit down in. Maybe it should become a police call centre to take the stress from Mansfield.”
Forest Town resident Terry Topliss said that when his local station closed it had a massive impact on the community.
He said: “When our police station closed, anti-social behaviour and vandalism became a problem. Plus response time lengthened and police presence reduced - so you can see it does not improve local policing.”