Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw cast aside concerns about the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s inquiry into his expenses claims and went out to meet and greet shoppers and stallholders on Garstang market yesterday.
It was the latest in a series of “roadshows” organised by the Commissioner to enable him to hear what local people’s policing and crime priorities are, prior to the drawing up of the county’s new Police and Crime Plan. Afterwards he pledged the Plan would not be a one size fits all affair...instead plans will respond to local concerns and be tailored to each district’s needs.
Mr Grunshaw said: “Now it’s the time to show we can make a difference - but we can only do that over time.”
He added: “We can make the Plan reflect each of the communities across Lancashire.”
He said the recurring theme in Garstang was support for the local police, adding: “Garstang doesn’t have major issues. It’s about a self supporting community -we have some good things going on in Garstang and we need to support them.”
Of the ongoing IPCC inquiry into alleged overlaps in his expenses claims while a county councillor and Police Authority member, he said: “I’m looking forward to the conclusion of the investigation by the IPCC....just as soon as possible as far as I’m concerned.”
He said he had not repaid any expenses. Mr Grunshaw has previously announced he will not stand again for the county council once his term as a Fleetwood East councillor ends. He also plans to stand down from his position as a Wyre borough councillor in time for the May elections.