“COMMON sense has prevailed” – this was the reaction of Ammanford town councillor Deian Harries to the news Dyfed Powys Police are re-opening Ammanford police station to the public.

In a statement, Chief Constable Simon Prince said the police had listened to the public and, following a review a decision was made to open the Foundry Road station for two days a week.

Cllr Harries said the mobile “office” in Carregaman car park wasn’t “approachable enough” for the public.

“People want to visit a station to see an officer, not pop into a van,” he added.

Dyfed Powys Police Commissioner Christopher Salmon described the move as “a positive step”, adding: “I do hope the people of Ammanford feel reassured by the action.

“I hope Guardian readers attend our focus group in Llandeilo on May 15 – to help shape the future of policing.”

A Dyfed-Powys spokesman told the Guardian although the mobile van was very popular, because of its position – less than half-a-mile from the station – it made more sense to open the station to the public on Tuesday from 10am to 2pm and Friday from 2pm to 6pm.

“I would like to stress that these are the official dates and time that the station will be open on a weekly basis, but, as always, if we are in we are open,” he added.