Police finalise Town Hall move as new base nears completion

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 April 2017

PC Paul Lewis, PS Mark Jenkinson, PCSO Charlotte Brady, PC Justine O’Reilly, PC Jon Phippen, PC Sam Walton, and PCSO Sue Venn-Adams are part of the 16-strong local policing team.

PC Paul Lewis, PS Mark Jenkinson, PCSO Charlotte Brady, PC Justine O’Reilly, PC Jon Phippen, PC Sam Walton, and PCSO Sue Venn-Adams are part of the 16-strong local policing team.

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Sixteen officers this week relocated from Weston-super-Mare Police Station to the Town Hall – and the rest will quit the Walliscote Road base by the end of April.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is putting the finishing touches to its new response centre near to junction 21 of the M5, and will vacate the outdated town centre station next month.

The building has been judged no longer fit for purpose and sold to North Somerset Council, ready for demolition to make way for an upmarket 14-storey housing development.

This week, Weston’s 16-strong neighbourhood policing team took up residence across the road in the Town Hall. They will work in partnership with officers based at the new response centre, and with teams based in Worle and on the Bournville estate, to maintain police coverage of the town.

North Somerset police commander Tina Robinson said: “Our teams will continue to be out in their communities and on patrol most of the time, but it is important for us to be located close, or within easy access, to the areas we serve.

“These moves will give us smaller, more efficient buildings, which reflect our needs, and reduce our running costs, while continuing to respond to the needs of local people.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Not only will co-locating with North Somerset Council help us to make the continued savings we need to find, it also ensures better value for money.

“Moving into the central location will be more convenient for residents, in being able to access multiple services under one roof, while retaining the policing team in the heart of the town.”


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