Avon and Somerset Police are inviting residents in Easton and the surrounding areas to attend a meeting about the future of Trinity Road Police Station.
The Estates Strategy in 2014 identified that Trinity Road Police Station is too large and costly for the police’s needs and that a smaller police station could remain at the heart of the community.
The teams who are forecast to occupy the police station only need 10% of the space held and the current police station has running costs of about £250,000 a year. Freeing up resources from oversized and costly buildings is essential in order to support frontline policing in Easton and the surrounding areas.
Developers will be invited to draw up plans, including options for a permanent police station to be located on the same site as the existing police station.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Every time I visit Easton, Lawrence Hill and the surrounding communities, local people tell me how important Trinity Road Police Station and the local neighbourhood team are to them.
“I have had many discussions with residents about why the existing station is too big for the Constabulary’s needs, expensive to maintain and not value for money; at the same time reiterating our ongoing commitment to maintaining a policing footprint in the area.
"I am therefore delighted to be exploring the possibility of a redevelopment opportunity for a new and improved station on Trinity Road, enabling the Constabulary to continue serving the local community while also delivering significant financial savings."
Superintendent Andy Bennett said: “We know it is important to members of the community that there is a police station in the area, and we want to ensure that our officers and PCSO’s are based in the heart of the communities they serve."
He continued: “However we need an alternative option; the existing police station is too large for our needs and is expensive to run. We are looking to sell it but for the new plans to include a permanent police station on the same site. This would mean members of our community could still find us in the same location.
“We welcome views from people who live and work in the area, so please come along, see some proposed plans and talk to our team.”
Monday 9th April
Easton Business Centre
(street parking only)
Wednesday 11th April
Broad Plain Boys Club
The new police station will house an enquiry office open to the public Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, and a base for the local neighbourhood policing team, who serve Easton and the wider Bristol East area. We also hope to have a temporary police station on site whilst the works are underway.
Trinity Road Police station will be put up for sale in the next few months. The sale of the police station is likely to depend on detailed planning permission so it is unlikely we will need to move out until 2019/20.
Posted on Wednesday 21st March 2018