LETTER: Cash commitment to keep our PCSOs

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I AM writing in response to Coun. Mark Townsend’s letter on August 23rd (Express) regarding funding for PCSOs.

I am extremely surprised Coun. Townsend is requesting that Burnley Council’s Executive Committee make a firm commitment to funding PCSOs for next year.

This is because, at the council’s Executive meeting on February 8th, the Executive made such a commitment and approved an annual allocation of £87,200 as a contribution to Lancashire Constabulary’s cost of employing 25 PCSOs in the borough in 2011/12 and 2012/13.

What amazes me the most though is that Coun. Townsend attended that meeting and was present when the item was discussed and decision made.

I am, therefore, unclear as to why Coun. Townsend is trying to raise concerns for residents when the council has already confirmed its commitment to PCSOs for next year.

COUN. NEIL MOTTERSHEAD EXECUTIVE MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SAFETY