Great Harwood police station is set to be closed to the public just two years after it was built.

The station, on Hesketh Street, is set to lose its front counter service under police budget cut plans. If the proposals go ahead Great Harwood residents would have to travel to Accrington to speak to officers.

The police station opened in 2009 at a cost of £500,000. It will still be used by back room staff.

Lancashire Constabulary has announced plans to close 13 stations across the county and a further six front desks as they seek to make up to £1m in savings and £4m in disposal income.

Coun Lynn Wilson described the plans as ‘dreadful’. She said: “There is nothing in Clayton-le-Moors and nothing in Rishton and it just seems absolutely ridiculous in a town this size to get rid of the front desk. The police are saying it’s not well used but there’s a huge contact been built up with the PCSO and police officers.

“I don’t know people in Accrington and I don’t want to have to go to Accrington to do my policing.”

Constabulary chiefs say the planned closures, which will go out for public consultation from July 1, are based on footfall and the need to achieve budget cuts.

But Coun Wilson added: “I would say that any organisation can make cuts by sensible savings without cutting major public contact.”

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: “The constabulary recognises that the closure of any front counter, or indeed any police premise, is iconic for the public and will cause concern.

“This is why it has looked closely at visitor numbers in particular to identify those which are used the most in order to limit the impact.”