Police in Williton are preparing to move to West Somerset House, located with West Somerset Council and Somerset County Council.
Ahead of the move this winter, the existing Williton Police Station on Priest Street will be put up for sale later this month.
The Grade II listed Victorian building is being sold as part of the Constabulary’s Estate Strategy and this move will help the police and council work closer together and facilitate a more cohesive approach to local problem-solving.
Police officers and PCSOs from the Neighbourhood Team will continue work directly in the area they police and be accessible to the community they serve.
Response officers will also be based at the new location giving them better access across West Somerset.
The teams and the public Enquiry Office will remain at Williton Police Station until their new accommodation is ready this winter, and operational policing will remain unaffected.
Chief Inspector Lisa Simpson, Local Policing Commander for Somerset West, said: “The station will be going on the market in the near future and, whilst we will be sad to say goodbye to our beautiful building which has been home to our local team for many years, I am delighted that we will be moving into our new base.
“We believe this new location will give us a more efficient building, which will reflect our needs whilst helping to reduce costs. Being located at West Somerset House will allow the Neighbourhood Team to remain visible in their community. I can also see huge benefits in co-location enhancing partnership working and collaboration.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Ensuring local communities have access to their local policing team is really important for residents. As is making sure that the policing service local people expect is value for money.
“Co-locating with West Somerset Council and Somerset County Council in West Somerset House not only helps us to make savings, but is also move convenient for local people. We’ll now be working to get the best price for local residents for Williton police station.”
Chief Inspector Simpson added: “Operational policing and the opening times for the front office at the current station will remain unaffected until such time as we move later in the year. We will keep people up-to-date with progress.”
The sale is being handled by Hartnell Taylor Cook Surveyors and anyone interested in purchasing the property can contact Nicholas Rumble, Senior Associate Director, Hartnell Taylor Cook LLP, T: 0117 923 9234
Posted on Thursday 21st September 2017