Hot Topic: Town centre police station closure
PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 May 2014
NEWS that Weston's town centre police station will be replaced by an out-of-town hub has been met largely with disappointment from Mercury readers.
Years of rumours that the police station in Walliscote Road would be closed ended, when Avon and Somerset Constabulary announced plans to build a new response unit near the M5 to replace it. The enquiries desk will remain at Weston Town Hall.
Police chiefs and Weston MP John Penrose believe the move – due to occur during the 2016-17 financial year – will not affect standards or lead to a rise in crime.
Many readers took to the Mercury’s website, social media and Streetlife sites however to voice their concerns, with almost 80 per cent fearing the decision would see policing standards drop.
* “Crazy decision! The police can’t get to the town centre quickly enough now if there’s an incident so what will it be like when they have to travel in from out-of-town? This town is far too big to have a village station on the outskirts. Come on April Fools was last month.” – Roger Tully.
* “They are only relocating to a smaller building. The policing will be the same. Same number of cars and officers etc. The police station is way too big for what they use it for anyway. If people are in the town causing trouble, they don’t think about where the police station is situated! I really don’t see that this will make any difference.” – Jodie Banks.
* “In a town where things do happen, what would be response time of help when needed, such as with the recent stabbings and fights?” – Sue Irving.
* “Stupid. Crime is bad here already and its going to get worse and the size of this town is going to become bigger with more houses.” – Lisa Andrew.
* “The police presence in town will be the same. They have been working out of the town hall for quite some time now.” – Janis Deville-Hallam.
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