Could town’s police station close after police admit it is ‘double the size needed’?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 May 2017

Burnham-on -Sea Police Station.

Burnham-on -Sea Police Station.

Archant

Burnham’s police station could be set to close after Avon and Somerset Constabulary admitted it is double the size the town’s police team needs.

Discussions have been ongoing for more than two years about the potential closure or downsizing of the station, in Burnham Road.

While police say alternative options are being explored, Burnham town councillor Phil Harvey told the Mercury the force has ‘clearly’ not found anywhere suitable, but said closing the station would be bad for the town.

He said: “I can totally understand when they say it is double the size they need.

“I have visited it and I know there are custody cells which are not able to be used, so that part of the building is completely useless to them.

“However, I think it would be regrettable if we had no police base as Burnham and Highbridge, not to mention Brean, all get a surge in population in the summer months.

“While it is not a crime-heavy area, there have been a lot more burglaries in recent times and the significant increase in people in the area means we need a police presence.”

Despite the long-term issues about the size and the location of the station, a police spokesman said it is still ‘early days’ in terms of any concrete plans.

They said: “We are looking for a new option for Burnham police station as our current building is double the size we need.

“We are currently consulting with stakeholders and looking at options, but discussions are in their early stages and we don’t have any dates yet.”

Cllr Harvey says he would like to see the plans move forward as quickly as possible, whatever they may be. He added: “The fact it has taken this long makes me think they have not found anywhere suitable but I hope it is finally resolved soon.”

This comes with Weston’s police station set to close in Walliscote Road, and be replaced by a team at the Town Hall and new response unit at Weston Gateway, which is close to the M5.

This was done to make officers more accessible to the public.

More from Weston Mercury

36 minutes ago

North Somerset’s two MPs have both pledged their allegiance to Prime Minister Theresa May.

Read more

A decision on whether almost 50 homes will be built on an industrial estate will be made soon.

Read more
11:23

Planning a wedding? The Royal Hotel’s wedding coordinator Haley Montgomery shares her top tips on winter weddings and more.

Read more
15 minutes ago

Outstanding building projects were recognised at an award ceremony at Weston Museum last week.

Read more
10:16

The Mercury’s big festive giveaway continued this week, as a Winscombe woman was ‘overwhelmed’ after winning a coveted prize worth hundreds of pounds.

Read more
09:56

A magician boasting five-star reviews will bring his hilarious show to a Weston stage this month, promising to confuse and amuse audiences.

Read more

Pupils and teachers from Locking Preschool hosted a Christmas fair at the village hall this weekend.

Read more

A Weston bar has had a £10,000 makeover to ‘brighten it up’ and give it a new feel.

Read more

The winner of this year’s Turnip Prize is a plastic dog on top of a bowl full of jelly.

Read more

Work has begun on a new £9million Locking Parklands primary school after years of delays.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: -2°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists