A MOTION will go before Caerphilly council opposing a decision to close front-counter services at a police station.

Gwent Police has announced that seven police stations will lose their front-counter provision from January 2, 2019, including Caerphilly.

Currently, 13 police stations across Gwent offer front-counter provision – a service through which the public can report or give information about crime, hand in or request lost property, report for bail, and request information from officers.

A motion is planned to be put before a full council meeting in December opposing the closure of the service in Caerphilly and calling for a police presence to be provided at Caerphilly Library.

Put forward by Cllr James Pritchard (Labour, Morgan Jones ward), it states: "Council opposes the removal of front desk services at Caerphilly Police Station and invites Gwent Police to collaborate with Caerphilly County Borough Council to maximise front desk provision in Caerphilly Library to increase face to face contact with members of the public."

Cllr Pritchard said he hopes the motion will gain cross-party support.

He said: "It is not just about opposing the removal of the front desk services, it is about trying to get the council and Gwent Police to work together to provide an increased activity in Caerphilly Library."

Gwent Police has emphasised no police stations would close as a result of the review.

Announcing the decision this week, chief constable Julian Williams said the decision had not been taken lightly.

He added: "I want to reassure the public that they will still be welcome to visit any police station where they will still be able to seek assistance and report incidents."

A front counter service will be retained at Newport Central, Abergavenny, Monmouth, Ebbw Vale, Blackwood and Cwmbran police stations.

The Gwent force says it will also continue to increase options members of the public have to report incidents or raise concerns.

Gwent Police PCC Jeff Cuthbert said there had been a reduction in government grants.

He added: "The nature of crime is changing and there has also been a reduction in footfall at police station front counters."