A permanent police base has been set up in Broadfield after the library was re-launched with a new ‘neighbourhood hub’ where people can access services, help and advice.
The new look library, on Broadfield Barton, now provides advice, support and information from a range of organisations including Crawley Borough Council and Sussex Police as well as its usual selection of books and children’s activities.
The library and hub were officially re-launched by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne who described the project as being ‘all about putting policing back into our local communities’.
Ms Bourne, who was joined by borough councillors Bob Lanzer (Con Pound Hill South and Worth) and Alan Quirk (Con, Broadfield South) at the relaunch, said: “It is ideal for residents to be able to drop in and talk to an officer face to face about any issues of concern.”
Sussex Police Deputy Chief Constable Giles York added: “People have told us they want to see more of their neighbourhood policing team out in their community and to be able to talk to them locally in a convenient location.
“With the opening of the hub in the heart of Broadfield, officers will play a more visible role in the community.”
Residents in Broadfield welcomed the hub to the neighbourhood and said they felt it bought services on offer in Crawley closer to home.
Rosemary Spray, from Tollgate Hill, said: “I think it is a brilliant idea and I think it is a great thing for the neighbourhood. It is also very good for the library.”
Sue Smith from Broadfield, added: “It is a great way to access services. We do have some trouble with anti-social behaviour and so I think it is excellent that there is somewhere local that we can go to if we need too. We are a bit out on a limb in Broadfield and so it brings services closer and makes us feel more included.”
Other services the library will have on offer include Victim Support and health and wellbeing.
Broadfield Library and Neighbourhood Hub is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.