Nailsea’s policing team could soon be moving into the town’s fire station.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary has been in discussions with Avon Fire and Rescue Service regarding a co-location at the fire station following the sale of Nailsea Police Station to retirement developer McCarthy and Stone.
The fire station, which is located on the corner of Clevedon Road and Pound Lane, will become home to the town’s neighbourhood policing team and police enquiry office. The move into the fire station is due to be complete by April 2017.
The Nailsea-based response team will be relocated to a new North Somerset Policing Centre, which is being built near junction 21 of the M5 at Weston-super-Mare. This new facility is also due to be complete and operational by April 2017 and will provide easy access to the whole of North Somerset for the response teams.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted that the Nailsea neighbourhood team and enquiry office function will be moving into Nailsea fire station. Nailsea police station is too big for our needs and is costly to upkeep. I know it’s important to local residents that Nailsea maintains a strong policing presence and moving the local policing team into the fire station makes sense.
“Operating out of one base not only ensures value for money, but is more convenient for the community by offering multiple services under one roof, as well as enabling the police and fire to work more collaboratively. I continue to welcome collaborations like this that help reduce over-sized and under used police buildings, in order to focus funding on frontline policing.”
Nailsea Police Station was identified for closure in the Constabulary’s Estates Strategy 2014, due to the fact it is too big and no longer fit for purpose. It was subsequently sold to McCarthy and Stone, who plan to develop the site into retirement apartments.
North Somerset District Commander Chief Inspector Tina Robinson said: “The fire station is located near to the town centre and will provide our officers with a modern, fit-for-purpose facility to patrol from.
“It will also be easily accessible to members of the public who wish to make enquiries with us. We would like to reassure the community that the move will have no effect on the service we provide.”
Avon Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Kevin Pearson said: “This move demonstrates that locally we are committed to working more closely with other emergency services.
“Together we can develop better and more efficient ways of working and use existing resources to benefit our local communities.”
Posted on Tuesday 29th November 2016