reassured as Burnham Police officers relocate to Bridgwater
Police have this week assured residents that levels of service
will not be cut in the town despite a team of officers being moved
team of response officers based at Burnham Police Station have
this week been relocated to the new police HQ in Bridgwater as
part of a raft of changes.
Inspector Andy Pritchard says the move will not affect crime-fighting
in Burnham and Highbridge.
part of our new operating model, the response officers have moved
to the HQ in Bridgwater's Express Park, however our local beat
team of 15, consisting of beat managers, specials, PCSOs and volunteers
are staying in Burnham. The public can be reassured that our police
presence is continuing and that the service is not being affected,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
and Somerset Police said earlier this year that Burnham police
station would be closing as part of a cost-cutting initiative.
The closure is likely to go ahead over the next two years, as
first reported here.
Inspector Pritchard said this week: "There is no definite
timescale but I can confirm that Burnham Police Station is currently
not up for sale."
are looking at various options to allow our local police team
to continue to start and finish their shifts in Burnham and Highbridge."
fire station in Marine Drive is one possible option and we are
also considering other buildings in the town."
force wants to save £42million over the next four years
to keep in line with the Government's latest spending review.
and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said the restructuring
strategy across the region will "minimise estate running
costs wherever possible and align our buildings better to the
locations we need to be".
said the force also plans to share facilities and buildings with
local councils, fire and ambulance services. She said this would
mean "the police will be where you need them most, in the
heart of your community".