to close Burnham-On-Sea's Police Station are confirmed
closure of Burnham-On-Sea's police station is set to go ahead
over the next year, the area's top officer has confirmed this
Inspector Andy Pritchard, pictured, told town councillors that
plans to shut the police station as part of a cost-cutting exercise
are proceeding and that a smaller enquiry office will be opened
elsewhere in the town.
want to have a small enquiry office serving Burnham and Highbridge
and are currently considering several locations for the facilities.
These include the fire station, Town Council offices and the seafront
hovercraft station," he said.
want to reassure residents that the changes will not effect the
service we offer to the public. There will continue to be an inspector
in the community and local officers will also still operate here,
starting and finishing their shifts in the town."
added that the timescales for the new enquiry office being opened
are "very variable and could stretch beyond 2015."
also told town councillors at their meeting this week that extra
staff are likely to be introduced in Burnham from March 2015 as
part of the police's operating model to ensure there are enough
officers to meet overall demand.
smartphone technology is also soon to be introduced to allow officers
in Burnham and Highbridge to write up case reports whilst attending
crime scenes. This, he said, will help "them maximise their
time out in the community and operate more efficiently."
plans to close Burnham's Police Station were first reported by
Burnham-On-Sea.com in February here.