Protest against police custody suite in Salfords
Surrey Police intend to apply for a change of use of Unit 1 in the IO industrial estate on the Brighton Road. They are proposing a new 30-cell custody suite for offenders who are being held before being charged or released. The centre will serve all of East Surrey, and the cells at Reigate Police Station will close. Modular cells will be installed within the warehouse. Total staff will be about 15; there will also be 18–25 detained persons and 10–15 bail returnees per day. SACS (Salfords Against Custody Suite) do not want criminals brought into the village. At the moment Salfords has a low crime rate, and we want it to stay that way. Any criminals released from custody will be at liberty to wander at will, with the potential to commit further crimes. Our railway station is isolated and largely unmanned, so passengers waiting for trains could easily be targets for discharged/on-bail criminals, as would cars parked there. The footpaths in the area, including the poorly lit one leading up to the station, will become too risky to use, as the chances of meeting a criminal there will be much higher. As for our properties, the presence of criminals at the heart of our community will almost certainly reduce our house prices and increase our insurance rates. The police claim that this unit was purpose built, but this is not the case. It was built as an industrial warehousing unit, and that is what it should remain.