Police station’s future unclear

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By SHELLEY TOPP

The future of the Rangiora Police Station building is uncertain because of earthquake damage.

The building at 309 High Street was closed last September after concerns were raised about its safety during refurbishment work. Initially, repairs were planned but consideration is now being given to demolishing the building as a more economic option.

“No decision has been made yet,” said Inspector Peter Cooper, the New Zealand Police Canterbury Rural Area Commander. “We’re looking at options.”

They include long-term planning for a continued police presence in the town. “We are not leaving town in any shape or form.”

Rangiora police have been working from temporary premises at 200 King Street since moving out of High Street.

However, it is not considered an ideal alternative and other options are being explored in the town while a decision is made about the old building.

Meanwhile, the public is encouraged to use the Kaiapoi station at 149 Williams Street if a visit to the police is needed.