NANTWICH police station could be reopened to the public as early as October.
More than 100 people crowded into the first of a series of police forums to add their weight to a six-month campaign to get it open again.
They were told the Beam Street police station could be reopened two days a week for a six-month trial period, with the police and Nantwich Town Council sharing the cost about £4,500.
Inspector Geoff Crewe, who ran the meeting on Wednesday, told the packed audience he would relay the feelings to the head of Crewe Police Division, Superintendent Mary Roberts.
He said the police agreed to open the police station two days a week, possibly Thursdays and Saturdays, on a 50-50 funding with the town council, as a trial period to see if there was a case for permanent opening.
Crewe and Nantwich Borough councillor Bill McGinnis said: 'It is up to the people of Nantwich to show they want the police station opened on a permanent basis.
'They showed how strongly they feel about the situation by turning up in numbers at the forum. Now if the police station does in fact open for two days a week, they must also show it is a necessity.'
Nantwich Town Council clerk Keith Burton said: 'I have now arranged a meeting of the council's policy committee for September 4.
'If at that meeting members agree that we should take up the offer, then I would anticipate the police station could be opened up as early as October.
'Then, as people at the forum said, it is up to Nantwich people to show they need the police station. If they do then the superintendent, who is acting very fairly about this, has intimated that she may have a case to put forward to her superiors for the station to be opened up on a regular basis.'
Earlier this year town councillor Joyce Stockton organised a petition, signed by 1,800 people, urging that the station should be reopened.
And she said she was not happy about the current 50-50 idea of costing.
She said: 'To my way of thinking this is asking Nantwich people to pay twice for their police station. Part of their Council Tax bill is to cover adequate policing, and I don't think it is fair that they should be asked to pay up once more.'
But Cllr Arthur Moran, a member of both the borough and town councils, said: 'I believe that by getting the police station opened two days a week we would be getting a foot in the door.
'I believe the signs are encouraging, and if we can prove that Nantwich needs a full-time police station, then I think we are well on the way to getting one.'
Borough councillor Brian Silvester has written to County Cllr Robert Parker, urging him to pursue the issue through the county police committee.
He said: 'If need be the station could be staffed by local volunteers, which has happened in other parts of the country.'