FISHGUARD police station will not close in the short term, Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, has announced.

Last year a consultation on the future of the police station in Brodog lane was launched as the building is not viable in the long term.

“It requires significant investment and is far too large for current and future operation in the area,” said Mr Llywelyn at the time.

Three options were posed to the public as short term options until the Community Hub Collaboration Project is completed; to remain in current station relocate to the Town Hall or relocate to the current Fishguard Port Offices and coordinate the use of a town centre meeting room.

A high level of local interest in the future base was evident, both from the general public and local partners.

The Commissioner also arranged face to face consultation with members of the public and business owners, and meetings were held with Fishguard and Goodwick Town Council and Fishguard and Goodwick Chamber of Trade and Tourism to gather local knowledge and opinion.

The public’s favoured option was to remain at the current site until the planned new Community Hub Collaborative project is completed.

“In furthering my commitment to listen to Dyfed-Powys public opinion, and following a thorough financial analysis of each option, it is my recommendation that in the short term, we continue to operate from the current Police Station in Fishguard,” said Mr Llywelyn.

“We do, however, find ourselves in a complicated situation due to the indefinite timeline of the new Community Hub Collaboration Project and Brexit-related uncertainty.

“Our aim is to gain clarity over the next 12-18 months on what the future of the new Police Station may look like, as the above impacting factors become clearer. I would like to thank the community of Fishguard and Goodwick for their continuing cooperation on this important matter”.

Pembrokeshire Superintendent Ross Evans said: "We are committed to providing the best possible policing service. I am very grateful to the local community for their important feedback as part of the consultation process in recent months. We have listened to this carefully and responded accordingly. I am also grateful to the local officers and staff who continue to work hard to keep the public safe".

The Police and Crime Commissioner will communicate his intention for the longer-term location of local Police operations in Fishguard with the community in due course.