NI Policing Board backs station closures

Thursday 06 August 2009 18.31
PSNI - Plans to closer older stations
PSNI - Plans to closer older stations

Northern Ireland's Policing Board has backed controversial plans to sell-off 26 PSNI stations.

The closures will generate over £7m in resources and money saved on their upkeep.
More proposed closures are likely to follow as the PSNI continue a review of their property estate.

The closing of the 26 stations was opposed by unionists on the Policing Board and backed by nationalist and independent members.

While the decision to close stations is an operational one and therefore rests with the chief constable, any move to sell off PSNI property has to be backed by the board, which has responsibility for the police estate.