Police bases in Caerphilly town, Risca and Ystrad Mynach are to reopen their front desks to the public, Caerphilly Observer understands.
Sources have told us that Caerphilly town’s police station on Market Street could close with Monday to Friday public access to officers being reinstated at the town’s new £5 million library at the Twyn.
Caerphilly Observer has also learned that Risca and Ystrad Mynach police stations could also reopen to the public on a 9am to 5pm basis on weekdays.
Public access to Risca, Ystrad Mynach and Caerphilly stations ceased in July 2012 under former Chief Constable Carmel Napier.
The front desk closures were part of a plan to save £500,000 from the police budget – part of a wider need by Gwent Police to save £34 million by 2015 in light of public sector cuts by the UK Government.
In total, 17 station front desks closed to the public including Bedwas, Bargoed and Rhymney.
In November last year, Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston admitted the force may have gotten some of the closures wrong.
At the time Mr Johnston, who last year forced former Chief Constable Napier to retire early, said: “We are reviewing the process and procedure that resulted in police stations being closed.
“We are doing this in consultation with Gwent Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Lorraine Bottomley and local police commanders, who have been asked to answer the consultation around the need for police stations to be opened.”
Mr Johnston previously told us: “I have attended over 200 meetings in the last 12 months and police station closures are seen by the public to have been very badly handled and a great deal of feedback has related specifically to Caerphilly Police Station.”
It is also understood that Bargoed Police Station is to be leased to Bargoed Town Council on a peppercorn rent.
The plans are subject to a meeting of the Gwent Police and Crime Panel being held on Friday January 24.
However, when approached by Caerphilly Observer Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Johnston said he could not comment until after the meeting.
Blackwood is currently the only station in Caerphilly County Borough that has a public front desk open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.