POLICE community bases will open across Warrington later this year.

Parish halls, libraries and leisure centre are among the locations selected under the restructure which aims to 'enhance and improve the quality of service' from PCSOs.

According to documents published following the management board meeting, the sites will be used for PCSOs to conduct surgeries and meet the public.

Helpdesk facilities will not be provided, but it would be possible to hold regular meetings at these bases.

The following venues have been earmarked to house one of the new community bases.

  • The Gateway on Sankey Street
  • The Fairfield and Howley Neighbourhood Project at The Old School,
  • Warrington Town Football Club on Common Lane
  • St Werburgh's Community Hub on Boswell Avenue
  • Whitecross Community and Recreation Centre on Lexden Street
  • Birchwood Library on Brock Road
  • Culcheth Library on Warrington Road
  • Fearnhead Cross Youth and Community Centre on Insall Road
  • Woolston Neighbourhood Hub on Hall Road
  • Burtonwood Library on Chapel Lane
  • Great Sankey Leisure Centre on Barrowhall Lane,
  • Hood Manor Community Centre on Raikes Close
  • Penketh Community Centre on Honiton Way
  • Your Housing Limited on Harlech Close
  • Whittle Hall Community Centre on Lonsdale Close
  • Broomfields Leisure Centre on Broomfields Road
  • Walton Hall and Gardens on Walton Lea Road
  • Thelwall Parish Hall on Bell Lane
  • Stockton Heath Police Station on Grappenhall Road
  • Lymm Youth and Community Centre on Bridgewater Street
  • Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub on Jubilee Way
  • Greenwood Community Centre on Meteor Crescent
  • University of Chester's Padgate Campus

PCSOs will also be able to book on and book off at Risley, Penketh and Stockton Heath police stations.

It is anticipated that the cost of running these bases would be 'minimal'.

The changes follow a restructuring in July 2015, when officers in the town were required to book on and book off at Warrington Police Station.

It was noted in the report 'while this has realised many benefits, it has led to a number of frustrations for PCSOs including increased travelling time to reach their areas, a reduction in perceived visibility and appropriate transport access'.

David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: “PCSOs are an important part of local policing teams across Cheshire. 

"They are the ‘eyes and ears’ of communities, gathering intelligence to deal with complex police issues, whilst providing support to vulnerable residents, and focusing on making our roads safer. 

“These bases will provide the facilities for PCSOs to spend more time in the heart of the community they serve."

The bases will start to be rolled-out in June but it could take until the end of the year for each base to be fully operational.