- Friday, 26 May 2017 10:00
Avon & Somerset Police have opened an enquiry office in part of Nailsea Fire Station.
The new police station will house the enquiry office and the local neighbourhood policing team, who will be co-located on the same site as Avon Fire & Rescue Service.
The opening hours of the police enquiry office will remain the same and this will not affect the number of police officers and PCSOs who are currently based in Nailsea.
Local Policing Commander for North Somerset Tina Robinson said: “Our existing police station is much too large for our current needs. Co-locating with Avon Fire & Rescue Service means we can have a more efficient building with smaller running costs, whilst enabling us to continue to respond to the needs of the local people.”
“I can see huge benefits in co-location which will enhance partnership working and collaboration.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Local people continually tell me of the importance of having a policing presence in Nailsea. Moving neighbourhood officers and the enquiry office function into Nailsea fire station makes perfect sense. Sharing a base with Avon Fire & Rescue Service will enable us to retain our focus on frontline policing, make significant savings and is a great opportunity to work even better together.”
Peter Abraham, Chairman of Avon Fire Authority said: “This is a great example of how we are working together with our partners to ensure public services are provided in the most cost-effective way. By using the spare capacity we had at Nailsea Fire Station it allows the police to provide a much-valued resource to the local community without impacting on the ability we have to deliver our services.
“We will continue to provide exactly the same level of fire cover from Nailsea which operates with two ‘on-call’ fire engines. As a result local people can rest assured the changes will have no impact on the emergency response we currently offer.”
The new Nailsea Police station is located at Nailsea Fire Station, Pound Lane, Nailsea BS48 2NN. It is open Monday to Friday 10am -6pm.
The old police station has been sold to McCarthy and Stone, who plan to develop the site into retirement apartments.