POLICE chiefs have unveiled plans to transfer officers from Great Harwood to a new base near Blackburn amid fears it could mean closing the town's historic police station.
A scheme has been put forward to open a station off junction five of the M65 near Guide to house staff currently based across Lancashire.
This would involve transferring some of the support unit officers from Great Harwood Police Station to the new base.
This would leave fewer staff at Great Harwood, which would mean selling the 105-year-old station for around £270,000 and opening new smaller premises elsewhere in the town for remaining staff including beat bobbies.
Chief Superintendent David Mallaby, divisional commander for Eastern Division, which includes Hyndburn, said: "We are currently in consultation with the Police Authority with a view to securing funding to allow us to find a more suitable police station in the Great Harwood area.
"The present police station can be difficult for the public to access due to its location and design and if the support unit is accommodated elsewhere it will not be fully utilised.
"We would welcome suggestions from the local community regarding the location of a new police station and there will be further consultation should funding for the project be agreed."
Councillor Peter Clarke said: "This is just regionalisation through the back door. Everything now seems to have to be made bigger and better."
But police bosses are keen to stress the move would not lead to fewer police officers on the beat.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police, said: "The level of police resources for Great Harwood will not be reduced as a result of this move.
"This is because the officers leaving Great Harwood, subject to the funding agreement, are specialist support unit officers who are a divisional resource and not Great Harwood section staff or community officers."