Police desk will not relocate on Sundays when Weston-super-Mare Town Hall’s open hours change
PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 July 2017
The police desk in Weston-super-Mare Town Hall will be inaccessible to people on a Sunday following a change to the building’s opening hours.
North Somerset Council announced its changes to the Town Hall’s opening times last month, including the revelation that it would be closed on a Sunday.
A police enquiries desk was set up in the hall, in Walliscote Grove Road, in January 2013 following the closure of nearby Weston Police Station’s front desk.
The move was designed to ensure there was still an easily accessible place for people to go to talk to officers every day of the week.
When the desk’s closure was announced, Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said the replacement desk in the Town Hall would ensure a police presence would ‘remain in the heart of the community’.
It also meant public services would be consolidated under one roof, with the Town Hall already serving as the main hub for council services.
However the new times will mean people hoping to reach the police at the end of the week will be unable to do so.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s chief inspector Tina Robinson said: “Unfortunately Town Hall services are no longer available on a Sunday, but we would like to reassure communities our officers and PCSOs will continue to work from the Town Hall and patrolling in the communities over the weekend.
“We also have officers operating from the new police centre on the outskirts of the town centre.
“We have reviewed the number of people coming to talk to us in the Town Hall and there is an average of less than four on a Sunday, which is not a cost-effective way of operating.”
The move follows a review of visitor numbers to the Town Hall which revealed only six per cent of weekly visitors attend on Sundays.
A council spokesman said: “We are advising people to use the police website or report on 101.
“There is also a phone box outside the entrance to the Town Hall, which is a direct line for emergencies and non-emergencies.
“The rest of the time they will be inside as usual.”
To contact the police on a Sunday, or at any other time, visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us or call 101.