The local Cheddar policing team will be moving into a new Cheddar Police Station, at Kings of Wessex Academy this spring.
The police officers and PCSOs are currently based at the old police station on Cliff Street and are scheduled to move to their new home in March/April, less than half a mile away.
The new police station will not be routinely open to the public, but will provide a base for police officers who work in the local community, much as the old station does. A public phone will be located outside the new station, which provides direct access to the police control room.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted the Cheddar neighbourhood policing team will be moving into Kings of Wessex Academy. Local people continually tell me how important their local officers and PCSOs are to them, so I know it will mean a lot that the team will continue to be based in the heart of the community.
“I welcome any opportunity to co-locate with partners as this ensures value for money for local people. This is the first Academy we have shared a site with across the Avon and Somerset police force area and I’ve no doubt the team will be very happy at their new base. We’ll now be working to get the best price for local residents for Cheddar Police Station.”
Inspector Andy Pritchard said: “The old police station is too large for our needs, but we have been very clear that we need to remain in the heart of the local community.
“We consulted with officers and partners to find a new location and we feel that this option, co-located with the school, will provide a great base to serve Cheddar and the surrounding areas.”
Keith Perry, Bursar, The Kings of Wessex Academy said: “The Kings of Wessex Academy is pleased to welcome Cheddar police to their new premises on the academy campus following the refurbishment.
“Kings has an established history of working closely with the local police and we are pleased that they have chosen the Academy for their new station site.”
A ‘for sale’ sign will be put up at the old police station later this month, with the expectation it will be sold at auction in April.
Posted on Friday 23rd February 2018