A petition to save Leighton’s police station was due to be handed to Police Commissioner Olly Martins last week, but the event was cancelled.
Two days before Friday’s scheduled event, Leighton-Linslade Mayor, Councillor Amanda Dodwell, was told the PCC had “a very busy diary”.
The meeting, which was to include Councillors from all political groups on the Town Council, had been arranged to hand over the ‘Save Leighton Buzzard Police Station’ petition which has received over 5,500 signatures.
Councillor Amanda Dodwell said “I received a message from the PCC’s office to say that he would be unable to attend but I was given no explanation. “After several attempts to find out why I was told it was due to ‘shifting priorities’.
“I am not sure what that actually means, but it suggests that Leighton Buzzard is not seen as a priority by Olly Martins.”
The petition was arranged by town councillors in response to the Mr Martins’ own survey of residents’ views on the future of policing in Bedfordshire.
As reported in last week’s LBO, the PCC’s survey had received just over 1,200 responses across the whole of Bedfordshire, compared to over 5,500 supporters of the petition to keep a permanent Police presence in Leighton-Linslade.
> The meeting has been rescheduled for Friday at 4.45pm at Leighton Buzzard Police Station.