Cllr Roz Willis, CI Tina Robinson, PCC Sue Mountstevens
Representatives of the police, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and North Somerset Council have visited the site of a new police building in Weston during which they had the chance to help place a curb stone into position.
Work began on a new North Somerset Police Centre near junction 21 of the M5 in July and representatives of the police, contractors Midas Construction and North Somerset Council had the chance to tour the site on Thursday (24 November).
Joining PCC Sue Mountstevens for the visit included Local Police Commander for North Somerset Chief Inspector (CI) Tina Robinson, MIDAS Construction representative Jamie Harwood and North Somerset Councillor Roz Willis.
The new facility is expected to be complete and operational by April 2017, when officers will be able to vacate Weston Police Station which was sold to North Somerset Council earlier this year.
Once complete, the new police centre will be used by response teams which are currently split between Nailsea and Weston police stations, and also neighbourhood policing teams for the outer Weston areas, Worle and the surrounding villages. Before the closure of Weston police station, the Weston town centre team will move into North Somerset Council’s Town Hall in Walliscote Grove Road where the constabulary already has its enquiry office. This will ensure a policing presence is also maintained in Weston’s town centre.
Until the new facility is complete, the police will continue to lease back some space in the current police station, which was sold to the council in April.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "It was great to visit the new North Somerset Police Centre site today and to see the progress that has been made on the build so far. I look forward to visiting again next spring to see the finished product. I have no doubt the new police centre will really make a difference to the way the constabulary is able to access and police the local communities of North Somerset."
Local Policing Commander for North Somerset CI Tina Robinson said: "It is great to see such progress being made on our new facility and our teams are looking forward to moving in. The modern police centre will provide them with a purpose-built facility which will be more central to the communities they serve."
Jamie Harwood, Operational Director for Midas Construction’s Wales and Wessex division, said: "Midas is delighted to be the contractor of choice for this project. We have a huge amount of experience working at Weston Gateway having delivered a number of buildings at the site over the past few years. This project is progressing well and the team was delighted to welcome the representatives from the police and the council on to the site to show them around."
Posted on Friday 25th November 2016