ESSEX Police wrote to the Thurrock Community Safety Partnership Manager on Thursday (25 February) to say Tilbury Police Station will be closing on Monday (29 February).
The short notice and closure has sparked anger among top Thurrock councillors as no hint of the timescale had been given by Chief Constable, Stephen Kavanagh, when he spoke to the full council in January.
Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council, said on Friday: “I can’t believe the police have taken this decision now. They know we are absolutely against the closure of both Ockendon and Tilbury police stations, yet they give us so little notice. It’s despicable.
“Not only is it a slap in the face for the people of Tilbury and Thurrock, it’s a slap in the face for their landlords – Thurrock Council owns the land and the building, so I’ve asked officers to check whether they’re allowed to quit this way.”
Tilbury councillor, Lynn Worrall, added: “We have made it perfectly clear that we oppose the closure of Tilbury Police Station.
“Their suggestion that they’ll start trials of ‘public contact points’ on ‘well-used public spaces like libraries’ simply isn’t good enough – especially as they haven’t even asked our libraries staff if they can and Tilbury Library is closed at the moment.
“This proposal is wrong on so many levels. I will be writing personally to the Chief Constable this weekend. My residents deserve better than this level of service from the police.”
Thurrock Council has been told Essex Police plan to shut the front counter at Tilbury on Monday and at Ockendon on 1 April.